This situation might have been experienced by many of you, the decision taking of whether to replace or repair your current computer system. However, when taking this decision, you should compare your computer’s age and repairing cost to the replacement cost and what your budget is.
The repairing of your computer is mostly beneficial only when its age is under three years; after that you should always go for the 50% rule, which states that replacement is a better option if your repairing cost is more than 50 percent of the cost of replacement.
For example, lets say, the cost of buying a brand new computer is $1000 and repairing your existing computer will cost you $500. This is the situation where your budget comes into play. If the repairing cost is above half of the cost of a new system, go for a new system, if your budget allows, but if not the only option left to you is trying to repairing your computer.
Once your system has past 3 or 4 years, the best option is the replacement until and unless it can be repaired directly and at a low cost.
Before taking any action about the replacing or repairing of your computer system you should always take into account the below mentioned points:
- Cost of replacement vs. cost of repair?
- How beneficial will be the additional features that will come with a brand new computer system?
- The age of your computer.
- How serious is the problem and how much it affects your usage?
- The duration of time that repairing a computer takes and how much will it affect your work to remain away from your PC for that duration.
There are numerous additional factors to mull over when deciding whether to repair or replace your computer. Computer issues that can be fixed easily with a repair includes:
- Slow functioning of your PC
- Hard disk damage
- Malware, spams and pop-ups
- Malfunctioning of E-mail
- Issues regarding Internet
- Screen damage in laptops (system age under 2 years)
One advantage of repairing a computer is most of the computer repair services will give you certain warranties after repairing your system.
There is one important thing to remember before repairing a computer. You should always make sure that your hard disk is fully backed up before giving your computer for repairs. You should not leave your valuable files to chance. You MUST back them up if you can, former to taking your laptop or computer for repairing.
If you don’t have any idea how to backup your files, don’t worry at all. There are some service stores for computer that also backup your data without any extra charge, while there are some other stores that charges extra for such service.
Data backup is a very basic and easy job for personnel who is expert in computers and can easily backup all your personal information and data from your hard disk.
However, if the issues in your computer system cannot be fixed or repaired, make sure that you don’t leave it in the repair store for disposal.
On the contrary, the issues that cannot be fixed through repairs, and the only option you have is to replace, are:
- The age of computer has exceeded 4 years and is not functioning properly
- Damaged motherboard
- Screen of the laptop that has exceeded 3 years is harmful to use
In any of the above cases, it is recommended to replace your computer.
Above all, prior to going further through computer replacement or repair, firstly make sure to understand all the facts. Most of the computer repair centers gives you the estimated repairing cost prior to the start of repair that includes parts that needs to be changed and the labor.
After getting an estimated cost for a repair, you can easily finalize whether to go for a replacement or repair keeping in mind about your budget.