The average cost for computer repair is $65 an hour. Hiring a computer repair technician to get you back up and running, you will likely spend between $50 and $150. The price of computer repair can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local computer repair technicians or get free estimates from pros near you.
A computer shutting down or giving problems can mean many things to a home or business owner, but there are countless service technicians ready to come to you, or have a look at your computer at their facilities. They’ll diagnose the problem, hopefully fix it quickly, and get you back to a functional day. Expect to pay approximately $65/hour for the service. Most technicians will also charge a call-out fee and/or travel fees if you need them to come to you.
Most service technicians will come to you, and some of them have a business location you can drop your computer off at for repair at a lower charge.
Lebowitz IT Services in Chicago, IL | $65/hour residential; $75/hour commercial (no travel fees or service upcharges)
Crescendo Computers Technology, Valley Stream, NY | $150/service call; $95/hour after first hour
Midvein Computer Services, Elyria, OH | $50/hour residential; $75/hour commercial
You First Tech, Long Beach, CA | $70/hour residential; $60/hour drop-off
Look for certifications like Microsoft Certified Professional, degree or associate’s degree in computer repair, computer science, or information technology.
While some computer techs are fantastic at fixing the problem, they aren’t so great at explaining what happened and how to prevent it from repeating itself in the future. If you’re a fan of DIY repair, check online reviews to find someone who can translate tech speak into plain English.
Look for any hidden fees they aren’t up front about, like a fee to just show up.
Most tech repair shops have flat fees for fixing certain problems rather than give a per hour quote, like Pacific Northwest Computers in Vancouver, WA, who charge $40 - diagnostics/bench charge, $75 - basic computer clean-up/new computer setup, $50 + $1 per gb data recovery services, and $150 laptop screen repair (depends on screen size). Mac Muscle in Portland, OR, provides IT support for Macs and charges a flat in-shop fee of $90/hour or $125/hour for onsite service. HRF PC Repair in Phoenix, AZ, charges a flat rate of $40 unless parts are needed for your computer, and they will install them.
Others prefer to set up an ongoing account with individuals, like Compute This Online in Winter Haven, FL, who charges $324/year to maintain and support a machine on a monthly basis. People uncomfortable with technology but who find themselves more dependent on it every day find this to be the ideal solution for their ongoing frustration.
Far too many computer repair techs fix the problem and refuse to give any additional support without another payment. Pacific Northwest Computers offers free remote support to take care of small follow-up issues or further work that needs to be completed. Lebowitz IT Services gives a 30-day warranty on all his work.
Be aware of how far your money will go before you hire a repair technician. Some throw in a few extras. Computer Repairs and Sales by Morry in Walnut Creek, CA, offers a 50% discount off the first hour to seniors sixty-five and older. Others are willing to work with students and low-income earners on a sliding scale basis.
Many computer repair techs have years of experience in both doing repairs and working in the corporate world. For an office setup, they can set up computer and printing systems throughout an office and recommend other professionals for wiring data and electricity. They can also help set up a home office and ensure everything syncs properly, like IT Direc in San Dimas, CA, who also offers data services, virus and malware removal and protection, and surveillance installation.
Many are willing to set aside other calls of the day and focus on fixing your computer in exchange for a rush fee of about 1.5 times their normal charge.
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