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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.

How much does computer repair cost per hour?

It costs an average of $60 per hour for computer repair. Hourly rates range from $45-$50 on the low end and $85-$90 on the high end.

Get free cost estimates from computer repair specialists near you so you’ll know exactly how much you should expect to pay.

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 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  • Is your computer old and out of date?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.

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.

Is it cheaper to replace a hard drive or buy a new computer?

Buying a new hard drive is almost always cheaper than buying a new computer. If you suspect you need to upgrade or replace your hard drive, ask a computer technician to diagnose your device (and request a cost estimate if the culprit is indeed the hard drive).

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 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.

Reviews for Vancouver computer technicians
Victor P.
Ron was very responsive, helped me to understand the issue and also walk me through some ins and outs of computer repair. Job well done!
Thumbtack Customer
Ron responded quickly to our service request and completed the repair in less than 24 hours, over the weekend. He answered our questions and made sure our computer was reconnected and ready for use. We are grateful for Ron's great service and highly recommend him.
Rebecca C.
Ron came to my home, took my computer, cleared it from a ransom ware attack, and returned it the same day. He reconfigured my desktop to make it easier for me to use. And for all that he charged much less than any other repair service I have used in the past. I could not recommend him more highly. I am sure you will be as delighted as I am.
Paul Y.
After my PC had the infamous "Preparing Automatic Repairs" infinite loop, I gave Ron a call and he gave me great advice that fixed my computer. He didn't even have to come out to help me, and he didn't even charge me! I consider myself decent with PC's (built the offending one myself), but Ron definitely is a pro. Thanks again Ron!
Thumbtack Customer
My HP notebook computer was seriously overheating, to the point that it started shutting itself down when it got too hot. I knew enough about my computer to guess that this was the extent of the problem. I did a bit of research, figured out that my fan was probably caked with dust, and decided that I didn't want to try to open up my notebook to clean it. I did a search on "best computer repair vancouver wa" and clicked a few links. I clicked on one that started asking me a bunch of questions right off the bat, and I proceeded to answer them. Before I knew what was happening, I was told that I'd be getting some responses to my request, and I discovered Thumbtack for the first time! Not only that, within five minutes I had received TWO offers to help me fix my computer. Ron Billings offered an immediate quote to do the work, as a project fee instead of a per-hour fee, and said he could do it "today" (which was Saturday) and that he could pick up and deliver. The other fellow who responded said that he charges $45 per hour, would need to evaluate the situation to determine just what the problem is and it would take 30 minutes to an hour to make that determination. He also didn't say anything about onsite vs. pickup or when he might be able to work on my computer. Since I was strongly certain that I already knew what the problem was, I went with Ron. I also read a few reviews for Ron -- he's got 160 of 'em! -- and that helped me decide to go with him, too. He also states in his profile that he doesn't believe in per-hour fees, which I strongly agree with. I have the same philosophy with the services I offer. I had TWO different social engagements that day, and despite that, Ron was able to pick up my computer before the first one and take it to his lab, clean up my computer both of dust AND some sneaky virus files, and bring it back in perfect working order a few hours later before I had to leave for my second event! And the fee was exactly what he originally quoted, which was very reasonable. Not only that, Ron has a great sense of humor, and he gave me several additional tips that will definitely help me keep my computer functioning well for a long time to come. I NEVER expected that I'd be able to get my computer fixed within just a few hours, on a very hectic SATURDAY, at a very reasonable price that didn't change from the original quote, and have it picked up and delievered as well! An overall EXCELLENT experience! I highly recommend Ron Billings of PC-Triage.
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