Are Macs expensive to repair?
I often get asked ‘Are Mac expensive to repair?’. Well, it depends.
Macs are generally pretty expensive when compared with computers running Windows or Linux, but there are times in which parts can malfunction and they come at no fault of the owner! If you own a Mac make sure you back up your files regularly (use Time Machine). Ensure that your system has all the latest software updates, but don’t let this prevent regular shutdowns either. Furthermore, because Macs are made of aluminum instead of steel or plastic-like many other devices, they will corrode or bend far easier than most PCs. Even one drop onto a concrete floor can put massive dents in your casing which can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
It may be the case that sometimes you might need to repair your Mac if an accident occurs, but otherwise, regular care should help your Mac run smoothly without any issues for years!
Macs are generally known to be very expensive to repair, but a closer look shows that this isn’t always the case.
Repairs at Apple are expensive
For example, Apple charges $800 for a MacBook Pro battery replacement. To get it done by non-Apple technicians costs about $150-$200 while an unofficial option from any third-party seller is only $80. That’s more than double the price just to have “genuine” Apple parts inside your device! In another case, if your iPad 2 screen breaks you’ll be charged around $250 even though third-party suppliers are charging less than half of that.
If you’re willing to go through all this trouble of finding alternative sources and getting the components, watch out for additional costs. For example, you might have to buy a soldering iron if you want to change a MacBook Pro battery yourself This isn’t just a professional tool, but also an electrical safety hazard.
While Apple does make some of the most durable laptops in existence (Apple claims that MacBook Pros are “built like tanks”), other components, like batteries and keyboards, require more maintenance than other laptops. It is because of this that one might consider purchasing extended warranty service plans when buying Macs. These service plans usually last 3 years after your purchase date and costs $150 for Macbooks and $249 for Mac Pros! Even then, these warranties must also be purchased within 60 days of your purchase date.
Is AppleCare worth it?
As much as it pains me to say this, I would recommend against getting AppleCare+. While I do think it’s dishonest of Apple to lead you to believe their warranty offers so much more than it does, the $350 spent on AppleCare+ versus $250 saved by buying a refurbished MacBook Pro is worth the price difference in my opinion. If you still think you want to go with AppleCare+, just be sure to read what they cover and what they don’t, and make sure to send it in for repairs as soon as anything happens. You will likely save some money that way.
Does spending hundreds of dollars on a service plan sound appealing? Or maybe buying an expensive battery or keyboard every 3-4 years doesn’t fit in your budget. Either way, you do have other options. You can send in your Mac to Apple with the understanding that Apple will charge you for any parts they replace (this is based on “repair time” and not “model time”). Depending on how quickly you need the repairs done this may be either reliable or reliable enough. If it does not fit in your budget then you can always purchase third-party replacement parts that are less expensive than Apple’s but beware; these parts usually only come with warranties of 6 months to 1 year.
This brings us to option two.
Option 2: The DIY (Do It Yourself) Option for Mac Repair
This option will save you money but it can also take a lot of time and energy. Parts such as the battery and the keyboard are relatively easy to replace by yourself; however, depending on your technical expertise and how easily the computer parts were installed in your particular model of Mac, this could take up to one hour or more. The other options Apple offers include desktop replacement and recycling programs. If these do not fit into your budget then we suggest looking into purchasing third-party replacement parts such as batteries and keyboards.
You can also find much cheaper prices on many Apple parts if you purchase them online rather than from an official Apple store. The process of replacing your computer parts is easy enough once you have done it a few times, so there is no reason to fear damage to your computer! Just take your time and follow the instructions of how to replace the particular part carefully and remember not to touch any exposed circuitry or break any internal components. Mac users also have to worry about hidden costs when they’re trying to extend their computer’s life expectancy. Many Macs use proprietary screws throughout the case that only Apple has the key to; if you ever need to replace a part, it can be incredibly expensive and time-consuming.
If you are hesitant still about doing the replacement yourself then we recommend you to call our Apple repair experts in Melbourne who can assist you with any Mac issues.
There are many companies out there that specialize in refurbishing or fixing up people’s broken computers, but we recommend that you be cautious when choosing one as some might use substandard replacement parts thus damaging your device even further! The best way to ensure quality repair at cheap rates would be by contacting small private businesses rather than big brands – like us 🙂
Another option is to seek help from a friend or family member who has basic knowledge about how computers work. This might save you money, but remember that they’ll also have to put in time into repairing your device!
If you do end up going with a third-party repair service instead of an official Apple one, make sure they are trustworthy – check their Google and Facebook reviews for a start. Did you know? Since September 2014, unauthorized repairs have void user warranties in many countries which means that any repairs needed on your device after hitting a pothole or spilling water on it won’t be covered by warranty even if they were performed by Apple-certified technicians.
Software issues are less expensive to fix:
Mac OS issues are possibly not that expensive to repair – of course, depending on what issue it is. There are a lot of software issues that can usually be solved with a simple reinstallation or repair through Disk Utility.
Despite this, there are some cases in which a software issue causes hardware problems for Macs. For example, when your computer is overheating and thus shutting down and restarting to prevent damage (which can end up in corrupt system files) – in such a case you want to check out what’s causing it. A common source of heat issues is when dust builds up inside the machine; you could clean this with compressed air or something similar, however, if this doesn’t work properly then it might be time to take it in for service!
As far as how much software repairs cost, that depends on what you need to be done – in short. The short answer is anywhere from $200 to $1000 for even the simplest of repairs/replacements depending on what exactly needs to be done – so it’s best to ask beforehand!
As we all know, hardware problems on Macs tend to be quite expensive. Hardware issues include things like faulty hard drives, bad RAM chips/sticks (which can cause random restarts and system freezes), and so forth.
Not to forget, iMac screen replacements are very expensive.
Of course, if this doesn’t sound like something you need to worry about yet, it may not be the first issue, to begin with.
Keeping ongoing costs low: AppleCare vs Third-Party Warranty
When it comes to the price of a warranty, Apple is typically more expensive than buying a warranty from a third party. However, they have been known to cover numerous quality issues that third-party warranties do not. By purchasing a warranty from Apple you can be sure that if anything goes wrong with your device in the next two years, it will be repaired at no cost to you!
For eg. The latest Macbook Pro now comes with AppleCare+ pre-installed and can be bought for $249 or without for $249 which is a no-brainer. The price of repairs and parts from Apple directly ranges from $700-$1200 depending on the issue  which makes AppleCare+ the clear winner!
But let’s take a closer look at what types of damage are covered by third-party warranties. Almost all do not cover accidental damage such as dropping your laptop, spilling water on it, etc. Also, most will not fix firmware issues such as booting up too slow, battery life problems, hardware issues that require you to restart because if the OS X installation fails halfway through you will end up with a bricked system, etc. The only damage that third-party warranties will often cover is the screen, and outer case cracks (which AppleCare+ does not cover). So we end up paying for damage that we don’t need to.
So technically are Macs expensive to repair?
I think not! There are many things you can do before spending money at an apple store or sending your MacBook to a tech company. Simply starting by trying some basic troubleshooting techniques is great to start with first but if you still run into problems there are some other alternatives available.
Apple machines are certainly expensive to repair than Windows devices, but they’re also worth it. It’s not like you’re going to find a better machine for such a low price anywhere else; the few Windows laptops that come close don’t even compare to Macs when it comes to design quality or aesthetics (the Dell XPS 13 is probably the best choice here). So if you can afford one and care about owning something well-designed and good-looking, I’d recommend getting a Macbook or Macbook Pro. Just remember: cheap laptops aren’t cheap because they break easily–they break easily because they’re cheap.