Are computer repairs worth it?


One question that we always get asked is ‘Are computer repairs worth it?’ Short answer – Yes, if the cost of the repair does not exceed the cost of  buying a new one with a similar configuration.

When purchasing a new computer, the most important criteria is how long it lasts. Of course, durability and reliability become particularly important when one has invested a significant sum into new technology. However, even if your computer provides value for the money you spend on it, there comes a time when you might be tempted to consider investing in some repairs.

Circumstances where computer repairs are worth it

Simple hardware problems

The repairs needed on computers are usually associated with hardware problems. For example, a new motherboard or processor can be extremely expensive and necessary if either of these fails on their own due to some kind of damage. One might also need a new power supply unit (PSU) if one fails while powering up the machine over time. A bad video card could mean the end of your system if you are unable to replace it on your own.

Software problems

However, in most cases, the repairs needed are mostly associated with software issues rather than hardware ones. It is not uncommon for a computer that has been used for years without any trouble to develop issues when running some new piece of software or when an update takes place in its operating system (OS). These kinds of problems are usually easy to fix by using the machine’s usual function keys during start-up or restarting the PC in “safe mode” where all hardware drivers will be disabled except those required for essential components like keyboards and mice. In most cases, you should be able to use your keyboard to navigate through these devices or access text-based troubleshooting options that will guide you through the process of solving the problem.

For example, have you ever had a computer that simply refuses to boot up or stuck in automatic repair? In most cases – as stated above – this is due to the fact your hardware could be malfunctioning or even dying as we speak. If so, better to invest in getting it fixed rather than buying an entirely new rig altogether. A professional will know how much work should go into each device (or if it’s even worth it) and then divide the price accordingly based on their estimates of the time required for completion.

Problems with USB ports

On the other hand, more serious issues may require some degree of expertise to be solved. These kinds of problems are usually caused by things like clogged dust filters, bad sectors on hard drives, or malfunctioning USB ports that have been neglected for too long of a time. These kinds of problems are often harder to fix because they involve taking out all hardware components and putting them back again one by one until the issue has disappeared. If this is not something you can do yourself, it would be best to hire a professional technician who knows how to solve these types of issues over the phone or better yet on-site where they can use computer-specific tools for repairs on your device without having to disassemble the whole thing.

Problems with PSUs

However, there are some things that you can repair yourself if you have a little bit of knowledge about hardware and how computers work. For example, on desktops one-third of all problems involve PSUs that need to be replaced. Another common problem is fan noise on your desktop computer which often involved the cleaning of the fan itself. Most people will try to diagnose these kinds of repairs online but very few actually go through with it because these issues require specialized tools (such as thermal paste for CPU/GPUs), good repair skills (to not damage other components when using tools to open up devices) and patience.

We think that while it can get pricey, repairs are definitely worth it since no one wants to get their screen cracked or computer completely ruined out of nowhere. If you’re someone who uses your computer every day and relies heavily on the internet, you should definitely invest in having repairs done.

Component upgrades

So if you’re not concerned that your computer’s motherboard will give out or that your desktop tower won’t power up, there are plenty of other reasons why getting repairs done by professionals can be more cost-effective. You may need something fixed because it’s broken, but it could also mean you would simply like to upgrade the hardware. For example, say you have a computer with an HDD and no SSD (solid-state drive). It has 500GB of storage space, which isn’t bad for everyday use, but an SSD is faster and less likely to break down over time. Let’s face it: no matter what you use your computer for, eventually, it will get a virus. But before throwing out the whole device and replacing it with a new one, which can cost hundreds of dollars, Patel suggests having a professional take a look at it first.

We also recommend upgrading components instead of resorting to complete replacement because technology gets better every day. For example, an SSD has become standard these days and that upgrade would cost less than buying a brand new computer.

It’s almost always worth it to have your computer repaired by professionals rather than going through the hassle yourself or buying a replacement altogether because technology gets better every day and upgrade would cost less than buying a new computer.


Circumstances where computer repairs are not worth it

Computer repairs are often not worth it if the cost of the repair exceeds the cost of a new one with a similar configuration.

One expert even suggests that if you can’t afford hundreds of dollars for computer repairs. Technology moves at such a fast pace that it’s often cheaper to invest in a new computer than it is to fix the old one. It might also be easier for those who do not wish to deal with the hassle themselves as well as those who cannot afford hundreds of dollars for repairs every time their system gets glitched up or slow – especially if they don’t want to use an older model. However, this doesn’t mean that you should stop investing in refurbished computers or technology altogether since sometimes repairing can be better than buying a replacement.

A computer that’s too old

Depending on what type of problems may arise, you might want to start thinking about purchasing another machine. If your computer is old and has been running slowly for a couple of years already, then there’s no real point in investing time and money into repairing an older model. Trying to find the underlying problems is actually not that easy to do, considering you don’t have everything laid out in front of you.

Variables and resources

There are too many variables and unknowns when attempting this type of project, so it’s best if you decide which hardware upgrades are necessary for your machine before investing in a costly repair plan. This will end up saving time and money more than anything else – both resources which can be better off spent elsewhere. Not only that but owning an ancient device without the proper capabilities might seem like an inconvenience to some users who jump on work-related tasks throughout the day – especially those who use their computers for business purposes.


Another exemption would be when your computer’s internal components begin showing signs of corrosion. This usually happens with older models which lack proper ventilation; they’ll run slower and hotter until they eventually break down. It’s best, in this case, to invest in getting a new one rather than getting it fixed before it becomes unusable or even explodes.

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Computer technicians are very useful when your device needs extensive work done on it whether that means you are unable to make your device work at all or you are not satisfied with its efficiency level for the price. Our technicians can upgrade certain components of a computer without buying an entirely new one – but this requires much more investigation into what types of things would need to be upgraded, how much computer repairs, and if it’s worth it in the end.

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...