Making The Decision: Should I Repair My Laptop?
Anxiety caused by a laptop or PC that is not working correctly can be a common feeling these days. As so many businesses and individuals rely on this technology to complete work, banking, social interactions and more, having a device that does not function properly is frustrating. What is worse yet, many do not understand how to repair the device themselves and are unsure whether it is worth fixing.
The most common question among technology device owners is, should I repair my laptop or PC or should I replace it. Your best option is take your computer to a repair shop and get a diagnosis. Many PC and laptop repair shops will offer free diagnostics, which will give you the information you need to make an informed decision about whether to repair or replace.
Once you have received the diagnostic information, you have some questions to ask yourself:
- What is the cost of a new laptop or PC? When pricing a new device, be sure to look at features your current device is lacking. Perhaps there are a few new features that will help you in your work or other bells and whistles you want.
- What is the age of your current device? Technology changes fast, so you may find that your current device is too old to update or repair. Finding parts that will work with an old laptop or PC may be difficult and drive the repair cost up.
- Is the problem you are having, really worth the repair or the replacement? If the problems you are having are not prohibiting you from using the device, perhaps you can forgo repair or replacement until you can save for the laptop or PC of your choice.
When you receive the diagnostic, most PC and laptop repair shops will provide you with a quote to repair the device. There are a few things to keep in mind if you decide to repair your device:
- Be sure to ask about any warranty on the repair. Most laptop and PC repair shops will offer at least a 90 day warranty.
- You will need to determine if you can live without your device while it is being repaired. Always ask the time frame for repairs, including receiving any necessary parts.
- Make sure that you request that all of your data be backed up before any repairs are completed, ensuring that you will not have loss of data.
If your laptop or PC is beyond repair, they will let you know. In that case, you can get a second opinion, or you can inquire about recycling the device with them. Many PC and laptop repair shops will offer recycling services, where you can receive a small amount for your damaged or broken device.