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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 Madison computer technicians
Thumbtack Customer
Needed a computer screen repaired. Christopher completed the repair quickly, satisfactorily, and for the best price I could find. Would definitely go to again for future repairs.
Lenhart's Custom Computer and Repair ServicesLenhart's Custom Computer and Repair Services
Thumbtack Customer
Never thought I would find a great computer repair person. Returned the initial email and picked up the computer at my home the same day. The next day he text me that the computer was fixed. Returned the computer to my home. Chris was very professional and courteous. I was very impressed. I would hire him again if necessary
Lenhart's Custom Computer and Repair ServicesLenhart's Custom Computer and Repair Services
Thumbtack Customer
Chris was very committed to completing the repairs on my laptops a timely manner. He was very professional and gave the service that's very much lacking in a lot of the bigger repair shops. I would definetely recommend him to anyone looking for computer repairs.
Lenhart's Custom Computer and Repair ServicesLenhart's Custom Computer and Repair Services
Thumbtack Customer
Provided immediate response with a variety of cost saving options for repairs. Consulted with me every step of the way. Great customer service and didn't try to offer repairs that weren't necessary. Will use him again for any computer problems!
Lenhart's Custom Computer and Repair ServicesLenhart's Custom Computer and Repair Services
Thumbtack Customer
Chris was very professional and knowledgeable. He put in extra effort to recover the data that I would have lost otherwise. He picked up my laptop and dropped it back off after he was done with the data recovery and operating system repair. Would highly recommend Lenhart's Custom Computer and Repair Services.
Lenhart's Custom Computer and Repair ServicesLenhart's Custom Computer and Repair Services
Thumbtack Customer
I found Chris through Thumbtack and am very pleased to now have someone we know and trust to do computer repairs and give advice on maintenance. Our monitor was not receiving the signal from the computer, and Chris diagnosed the problem as a failed video card and power supply. He charged us only $75 for labor plus the cost of the parts. He picked up the computer from our house and delivered in the evening the next day and provided detailed updates in between on what he found and what he'd do to fix it. Highly recommended.
Lenhart's Custom Computer and Repair ServicesLenhart's Custom Computer and Repair Services
Thumbtack Customer
Based on my experience, I would strongly recommend Chris Lenhart, if you are in need of computer repair. Chris called me immediately after I left a message, and then the following couple hours, came to my residence and picked up my computer. After doing some preliminary checks, he took my sick laptop to his shop, and returned it to my residence two days later, all problems solved, and no pick up or return charges.The repair cost was reasonable and Chris's great personality made the whole activity enjoyable. Bob J. Jackson
Lenhart's Custom Computer and Repair ServicesLenhart's Custom Computer and Repair Services
Thumbtack Customer
My computer needed a new LCD screen. Chris found the part for me to order online. I contacted him when it arrived and he drove to my house, picked it up, repaired it and returned it to me in 2 HOURS! He did an excellent job and I would recommend him to anyone!
Lenhart's Custom Computer and Repair ServicesLenhart's Custom Computer and Repair Services
Thumbtack Customer
Chris provided absolutely outstanding service and professionalism. After troubleshooting on my own with no success, I was quite concerned that my laptop was beyond repair. After posting a service request on Thumbtack, Chris immediately responded to my concerns regarding issues I was having with my laptop and assured me he could repair my laptop. Chris gave me a fair and accurate quote for the cost to repair my laptop, promptly came out to my home to pick up my laptop to start repairs, and was able to get it back to me fully repaired within 24 hours. I highly recommend Chris's service and will definitely call on him again for any other computer issues I have. His service is truly exceptional!
Lenhart's Custom Computer and Repair ServicesLenhart's Custom Computer and Repair Services
Thumbtack Customer
Hello Christopher, Thank you so much for your quick, knowledgeable, and friendly response. We will definitely call on you for any of our computer needs and repairs. I must say we immediately felt totally comfortable and confident in having you work on our Dell. Thank you Christopher. Sincerely, Keith & Kim
Lenhart's Custom Computer and Repair ServicesLenhart's Custom Computer and Repair Services
Thumbtack Customer
Chris was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was very professional and transparent about all the works he was doing/which parts he needed to buy and options for ordering. He was extremely efficient in his work and always kept me up to date on his progress, exceeding my expectations. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for computer repair!
Lenhart's Custom Computer and Repair ServicesLenhart's Custom Computer and Repair Services
Thumbtack Customer
I have a laptop I had been unable to use for the past 10 months. It kept locking up and would not run. I had no idea if it was junk or who to call to find out. Chris Lenhart was the first person to contact me and I am so happy and relieved that he did! I will always go to Chris with any computer issues in the future. He picked up my laptop the same day and had it repaired and back to me the following day. He answered all of my questions and I will be hiring him to come back to set up my new printer and IPad. He also gave me great recommendations as far as memory on the iPad and what kind of printer I need. I have never had anyone that could help me with my computer issues in the past and I now have my computer person! Chris is very patient answering any questions I have. I am thrilled and relieved to have met Chris and plan on calling him very soon again. Excellent service and great individual.
Lenhart's Custom Computer and Repair ServicesLenhart's Custom Computer and Repair Services
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