Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Consumer Electronics  > Computers & Internet > Computer Repair

Computer Repair Cost


How Much Does Computer Repair Cost?

 
low costReplacing a Battery: $5-$100average costVirus Removal: $20-$300high costMotherboard: $50-$1,000+
post E-mail post Post  

Computer repair includes fixing a broad scope of technical maladies ranging from hardware replacement to software tweaks. Costs for Mac and PC repair vary and are calculated primarily based on costs of both parts and labor. Some technicians repair computers on-site; others require the device to be dropped off at a repair shop. Before calling a technician, check to see if the repair cost is covered by a manufacturer's warranty.

Typical costs:

  • Technicians typically charge $50-$100 per hour for labor to work on the computer, but this varies by geographical location. Most jobs can be finished in an hour.
  • Costs for replacement hardware for Macs and PCs vary. Mac parts are primarily sold by authorized dealers, while PC parts are more widely available and can be found anywhere from flea markets to national big-box electronics stores. Replacing a battery can cost $5 for a PC (most PCs use lithium ion batteries[1] ), as much as $100 for a Mac. An internal CD/DVD drive generally starts at $50 and can be installed at home or by a technician in less than an hour. Costs for repairing Macs are often higher than repairing PCs because of Apple's proprietary hardware.
  • Motherboards range from $50 to more than $1,000 -- the more expensive models offer faster speeds and more ports. An average model for a home PC costs $75-$200 depending on the computer needs. One Intel motherboard that can be used for servers is available at MacMall for $1,350. A model aimed at the needs of gamers costs $380 on Amazon[2] .
  • Removal of viruses, adware and spyware are often included in technicians' hourly fees. Geek Squad[3] , a subsidiary of Best Buy, starts virus removal at $150-$300. Virus and malware protection software can be purchased for $20-$60. McAfee[4] and Norton[5] both make popular anti-virus software.
  • Data recovery is charged generally on a per-hour basis, although some companies charge a base fee. Most jobs can be done in an hour. Geek Squad[6] starts data recovery costs at $250. Firedog[7] , which offers remote work on PCs, charges $100 for remote data recovery, but customers are required to either have a monthly plan or pay an additional one-time charge of $150. User-Friendly Computing[8] , a small California store, charges $95 -$120 per hour for data recovery work; the job is usually done in an hour.
Related articles: Data Recovery, Desktop Computer, Laptop Computer

What should be included:
  • Repairs can range from a fixing minor setting that is incorrect, to removing spyware[9] or viruses[10] , or replacing hardware or an entire operating system[11] .
  • Make sure an estimate for repair work includes diagnosis, parts and hours of labor needed to complete the job. Some shops offer free estimates, and others charge a fee to diagnose the problem. Also, find out if there is a warranty on the computer repair work -- the warranty can vary in length depending on the work done. The technician should be able to diagnose and repair the computer either on-site or in the shop. The Association of Computer Repair Business Owners[12] has tips on finding a computer repair company and what should be included in the work.
Discounts:
  • Sometimes computer repair can be done by the owner. Tips and tricks for do-it-yourself computer repair can be found at DIY Tech Tips & Guides[13] .
  • AAA members[14] receive a 20% discount on Geek Squad services.
  • Some replacement hardware and software is eligible for free shipping on Amazon[15] . Purchasing used parts can provide added discounts.
Shopping for computer repair:
  • Make sure to price parts when having hardware replaced. Mac vendors can be harder to find. Good places to start are MacMall[16] and PowerbookMedic[17] . Another good source for pricing parts is Amazon[18] .
  • The Association of Computer Repair Business Owners has a searchable membership directory[19] .
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Computer Repair
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Parts: Labor: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.amazon.com/Energizer-2025BP-2-Lithium-Button-Battery/dp/B0002DSVRO/
  2.  www.amazon.com/ASUS-LGA-1366-Republic-Motherboard/dp/B003H2AQG6/
  3.  www.geeksquad.com/services/computers-networking/virus-and-spyware-removal.aspx
  4.  home.mcafee.com/Default.aspx?
  5.  buy.norton.com/estore/mf/pageNotFound
  6.  www.geeksquad.com/services/computers-networking/data-recovery.aspx
  7.  www.firedog.com/fix-my-pc
  8.  userfriendlycomputing.com/computer_service.htm
  9.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spyware
  10.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_virus
  11.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operating_system
  12.  acrbo.com/101-how-to-pick-a-repair-company.html
  13.  www.diy-computer-repairs.com/category/pc-tech-help/computer-maintenance/
  14.  ww1.aaa.com/scripts/WebObjects.dll/AAAOnline?page=AAAGeekSquad&association=aaa&club=5&z...
  15.  www.amazon.com/PC-Components-Computer-Add-Ons-Computers/b/ref=amb_link_7061752_5?ie=UTF...
  16.  www.macmall.com/
  17.  www.powerbookmedic.com
  18.  www.amazon.com/
  19.  www.acrbo.com/Search-dir.html
More Consumer Electronics Topics
Check Out All Costs for Consumer Electronics Nintendo 3DS XL Prices Apple MacBook Pro 13 with Retina Display Prices Microsoft Surface Pro Prices

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 


Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
PFT Cost Dallas
Paid: 2568.00
My regular doctor wanted me to see a specialist since he didn't like my spirometry results. I reluctantly agreed since I never have problems. Two doctor visits later and I'm out $2568... [more]
-CHRIS REED
Pulmonary Function Test Cost
WHEEL ALIGNMENT
Paid: 85.59
GAVE ME A PAPERSHOWING RED AND GREEN ALIGNMENT, RED MEANING IT NEEDS TO BE FIXED. WHEN IT WAS DONE THEIR WAS STILL RED SHOWING IMPROPER ALIGNMENT, HE SAID WE CANT FIX THAT UNLESS I PAY ANOTHER $119.00...WHAT A BUNCH OF CROOKS..... [more]
-JAMES DENOS
Wheel Alignment Cost
Crazy Expensive for a 250 gal tank in San Diego
Paid: 4.43
We have a rental property that had an AmeriGas tank on it that's used for the outdoors (pool/spa and fire pit)... [more]
-jessmeagan
Propane Cost
Am I paying too much
Paid: 1800.00
I have a small auto repair shop. He prepared my tax return in 2016. I do my own 941, wage report and monthly taxes. He does the rest and I still get charged 1800.00... [more]
-Martín Duran
Business Tax Preparation Cost
Tsh t3 and t4
Paid: 2500.00
Any ideas what to do? I do not want to pay this... [more]
-Thisbillistohigh
Thyroid Test Cost
Teeth Cleaning
Paid: 0.00
in order to prefer cleaning, $149 for blood work, chest X-rays and an ekg another $375 and then he brings in a specialist to sedate, X-ray and clean, scale and polish for $809 and then extra if anything is wrong... [more]
-breaking the bank
Dog Teeth Cleaning Cost