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How much does computer repair cost?
$50 - $150

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). Get free estimates from pros near you.

How much does computer repair services cost?

Author: Daniel W.
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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. At an average cost of $65/hour, they’ll diagnose the problem, hopefully fix it quickly, and get you back to a functional day. Most technicians will also charge a call-out fee and/or travel fees if you need them to come to you.

Computer Repair Price List

Service Description Cost
Complete Tune Up & PC Repair A complete PC Tuneup including virus, adware, and trojan removal, computer upgrades, and computer speed up. $150
Diagnostic Testing A complete PC diagnostic testing to provide an in-depth report of the current health of your comptuer and estimated life expectancy and if you need any additional services. $40
Laptop Hardware Repair If you need to add a new hard drive, RAM, keyboards, or more, it typically costs $30+ per componet. $30
PC Hardware Repair If you need to add a new hard drive, RAM, video card, power supply, or more, it typically costs $20+ per componet. $20
Software Installation If you are having trouble installing software, most computer repair pros will help for around $10 per install. $10
Laptop Rental Many computer repair shops will offer a laptop rental service for when your computer is being repair. Typically, this costs a small fee of around $50. $50
Mobile Repair When a computer technician comes to you, there is usually a trip charge. Expect to pay around $30 to $40 for mobile for diagnostics and testing. $35
Data Recovery Most of the time a computer repair shop can recover and save any lost data including documents and pictures even if your computer wont turn on. This can get expensive depending on the state of the machine but prices begin around $100. $100+
Wireless Network Installation A computer repair technition will securely install your wireless network for use on all your devices. $100+
PC Tuneup When your computer is running slow, most of the time you just need diagnostic testing and a tune up. $70
Virus Removal When your computer has adware, malware, virus, worm, or trojan, a local technician can remove them all without the need of losing any of your data (most of the time). $70
Operating System Formatting If you need a fresh start, we reccomend a new installation of your opertating system to make things run smooth again. A computer repair shop will also backup and restore your documents and pictures after installation. $100

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Mobile Computer Repair Prices

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

Flat or Itemized Rates

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.

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Monthly or Yearly Rates

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.

Customer Support and Warranties

Far too many computer repair shops 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.


Look for certifications like Microsoft Certified Professional, degree or associate’s degree in computer repair, computer science, or information technology.

While some computer shops 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.

Be very aware of a notice flashing on your computer, or a phone call, saying you need to call a number straightaway because you have a tech problem – these are usually scams, despite their claim to be a large computer service provider. There’s probably nothing wrong with your computer at all.


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.

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Additional Services

Many computer repair shops 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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