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A guide to computer repair costs

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Whether it’s your computer for work or your personal device, we truly depend on these tools to complete essential functions in our day-to-day lives. A slow computer, or one that is crashing, frozen, or unable to perform basic tasks is a major frustration that can send you down a path of wasting hours just waiting for the machine to operate properly.

Usually when we purchase these big-ticket electronic devices, we're given the option to buy a protection plan such as AppleCare+. Too often, however, we turn that down and take the gamble that our device won’t break. If you're facing repairs and don’t have a warranty, these costs are now your responsibility. Computer repair stores are not cheap, and you can't always guarantee they'll do a quality job.

And if you're in the market for a product protection plan, Mulberry can help. Subscribe to Mulberry Unlimited for the best product protection available for your computer, to ensure you're never left on the hook for expensive repair or replacement costs. With the ability to file unlimited claims, access to 24/7 customer support, and no deductibles or hidden fees, it's comprehensive coverage you can depend on.

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What are the most common computer problems?

You’ve probably experienced one or many of these issues with your computer, and typically, they lead to a situation where you need to seek professional advice. Most often, customers see the following signs when something isn’t right:

Repairing PC computers: Costs and options

When you bring a broken PC to a PC repair shop, the cost you will incur varies drastically depending on the issue you're having. Furthermore, it depends on whether the shop charges a flat rate or an hourly rate for their services. Here are some average prices when it comes to fixing common PC repair issues:

  • Blue or blank screen: Around $150.
  • Slow overall performance: Around $210.
  • Inability to turn the machine on: Around $310.

If there's a grinding sound in the hard drive, or issues discovered that root back to the hard drive, you can be looking at charges from a computer repair service of $1,000 or more. At that point, it can sometimes be worth it to instead buy a new machine, which can lead to frustration and a feeling of wasted money.

Apple computers: What are the repair costs?

When you buy an Apple computer, they come with a standard warranty that protects against internal machine failures—not accidental damage like a broken screen. For example, a MacBook Pro computer screen repair cost could range anywhere from $455-$755 depending on the generation of the device and the extent of the damage.

For Mac repair that involves battery replacements, you may be able to get a replacement for under $200, which might be worth it when you consider the price of a new Mac computer. When you have damage from water or liquids, you might be seeing costs over the $1,000 mark, which starts to make most consumers think it’s time to instead buy a new device.

When getting your Apple products repaired, you can use their website to find Mac repair near me. Is AppleCare worth it in the end? It might be worth it at first, but it’s always wise to supplement your care with an additional warranty.

What can you get from an extended warranty?

With an extended warranty, you may be able to avoid expensive computer repair or replacement costs. Mulberry allows you to get coverage for accidental damage for your electronics, beyond what is contained in any manufacturer's warranty.

Subscribe to Mulberry Unlimited to get product protection coverage for your computer, electronic devices, and more under the same plan.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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