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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does computer repair cost?

The cost to fix your computer or laptop will depend on the extent of the repair and the labor rates in your area. For example, a repair service may charge $100 to fix virus or malware issues or $320 to fix a cracked or damaged screen. On average, computer repair technicians charge $60/hour for their services. However, hourly rates can range from $45-$90

To find out exactly how much it will cost to fix your desktop, laptop, Apple or PC computer, request cost estimates from computer repair specialists near you.

Who can fix my computer?

If your computer needs repairs, hire a technician who has experience with your computer’s model and brand. Ideally, the pro you choose should have certifications, training and/or a degree in a related field. 

Look for top-rated, qualified computer repair services in your area on Thumbtack.

Is it worth replacing the motherboard on a laptop?

If your laptop’s motherboard was damaged by physical impact, liquid, heat or electrical damage, you may need to replace it or buy a new computer. You should consult computer repair experts near you to determine if replacing your laptop’s motherboard is worth the cost. Compare the price quotes you receive with new laptop prices, and decide which option is the most cost-effective.

What should I do before sending a computer in for repairs?

Before you send your computer to a technician to fix it, take the following precautions:

  • Make sure you hire a reputable, top-rated professional to handle the repairs. Look at past photos of work they’ve completed and read their customer reviews on Thumbtack.
  • Back-up your data. To ensure you don’t lose the data on your computer, back-up your files to an external hard drive. 
  • Ensure you have access to important information. If you need to access certain files or information from your computer, make sure you can access that information through a cloud storage system or external drive. 
  • Erase sensitive information. If you have files (documents, photos, etc.) that contain sensitive information about your finances, accounts, passwords, etc., delete them before you bring your computer to a repair shop. 
  • Log out of your accounts. Make sure you’re logged out of your bank, social media and other accounts.

How many years does a laptop last?

Depending on its quality, age, condition and maintenance, a laptop may last only a few years or up to seven years. Of course, your laptop may last longer or shorter depending on how well you take care of it. If you think your laptop needs repairs, don’t procrastinate — hire a technician to look at it before the damage becomes irreparable.

Is it worth fixing a computer?

It depends. If the damage is severe, you might be better off buying a new computer than spending hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on repairs. Always get price quotes from a few computer repair services near you, and compare those estimates to desktop and laptop prices. If it's cheaper to fix your computer,  consider doing so. But if it's cheaper to buy a new device, that's probably your best option.

Should I repair or replace my computer?

To determine if you should replace or repair your computer, consider the following:

  • Has your warranty expired?
  • Is your computer old and out of date?
  • Is the cost to fix your computer 50% or more of the cost of replacing it?
  • Before it broke, was your computer working slowly and inefficiently?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s probably time to replace your computer. When in doubt, consult a technician for their expert opinion.

Reviews for Columbia computer technicians
Thumbtack Customer
Rick is very good. He is honest and tries hard to repair or find your problems. He continues to support my needs even after he leaves my home. I will have him back again. Consider this man as your go to guy when you need solutions for computer issues.
Your Next Home, LLCYour Next Home, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
After experiencing hanging startup problems with my mid-2011 15" MacBook Pro (grey screen, horizontal pixel band, and inability to boot into safe or recovery modes), I took to Thumbtack to enlist the help of an expert in lieu of risking destroying my logic board with various DIY solutions. Rick promptly contacted me and gave me a base appraisal of the estimated repair timeline and approximate cost of the procedure. I then contacted him to discuss the possible repair options. While I would self-evaluate my literacy with general computer/OS terms as above average, Rick's expertise was apparent immediately. He listened intently to my concerns, and then helped me compare the cost-effectiveness of various repair options, conveying the pros and cons of each with no-nonsense clarity. Though I ended up electing to replace a faulty GPU card with a local repair shop, I can't recommend Rick highly enough. His willingness to explore all the options at my disposal helped lead me towards a decision that I feel (hope) was best for my unique circumstance. In that regard, it's clear that he recognizes the need to do what's best for the customer, rather than what enhances his bottom line.
Your Next Home, LLCYour Next Home, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I took my laptop to Shah for a Windows 7 reinstall. I was only expecting to get the windows 7 home software, but Shah installed windows 7 professional, which was an upgrade from my base system. He was always available if i had a question, and even hand delivered my laptop to me. It runs perfectly now, almost like it did when i first got it. I've reccommended him to many of my customers and even friends looking for computer repairs. If you're looking for the best, I suggest you contact Shah. He'll set you right up!!
Columbia Computer DoctorColumbia Computer Doctor
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