Beware of the Pitfalls of DIY Computer Repair

Beware of the Pitfalls of DIY Computer Repair

pc repair - techstudiomacandpcrepair.comEveryone has problems with their computers at some point.  Whether it's an application that keeps crashing, a general slowdown of your computer, malware, or a major hardware malfunction, you’re likely to need a PC repair – or a new computer. Maybe you've been suddenly inundated with pop-ups or spam, or had your computer and your Internet connection slow to a maddening crawl, but not know why. Viruses are becoming more sophisticated, and they can infect computers of even the most conscientious Internet users. Malware can cause all sorts of havoc, from slowdowns and unwanted advertising to stealing your private information. A particularly nasty variation can even take your PC hostage until you pay a ransom to unlock it.

When something goes wrong with your computer, you want it fixed, fast!  That urgency can lead frustrated users to attempt complex repairs that might be better left to a qualified PC repair person. Unfortunately, DIY methods can sometimes have the result of making issues much worse. Here are a few reasons why you should choose a qualified technician over attempting a repair yourself:


It can be very difficult to tell if your problem is due to a virus or malware, a Windows application, Windows itself, or even a hardware component on your PC.  Sometimes, the issue isn't what you expected -- what you thought was a simple software problem, turns out to be a completely different and much more complicated hardware issue instead.

An expert PC repair person can quickly and accurately determine what is causing your computer error, and make the right diagnosis the first time.  A good PC repair technician can even help you by pointing out future hardware problems, like blown capacitor caps on a motherboard (a sign that the board is failing), fans not working properly (causing overheating issues), and many similar problems.

On the software side, an expert PC repair person can help set up maintenance applications, malware and virus scanners, fix Windows settings, and more to ensure your PC is running as clean on the inside as it is on the outside.

Software Problems Are Often Very Complex

When software problems occur, DIY methods require exhaustive searches online to determine what could be at fault. The fixes often require you to find several obscure programs, run them, and then try to interpret the results. If you're not technically savvy, you'll probably have very little idea of what all the information means, let alone how to use it to find your problem.

A qualified PC repair technician will know which programs work best to diagnose your computer, and will know how best to interpret the results of those programs to form a complete and accurate diagnosis of your computer.  Plus, they already have the best programs on hand to fix your problem, and know the quickest and best way to get that solution done.

Computer Hardware Repairs Aren’t for the Meek

If you rely on instructions found on a YouTube video and then order the parts, you might be in for some nasty surprises when you get down to work. Sometimes screws, nuts, and other objects are inaccessible to most normal tools you'd have around.  This is especially true for laptop repairs.  Other repairs may require specialized tools that can cost a lot of money, like iPhone repairs do. Those tools and parts can sometimes be difficult to obtain, since some of them can only be specific to even just a single manufacturer, or product.

You’ll also have to be very careful around the electrical components inside your computer’s case.  It doesn't take much to damage one- a simple scratch on a motherboard from a dropped screwdriver can be enough to put the board out of commission.  Qualified PC and Mac repair technicians not only have the right tools to do the job, but have the experience and know-how to do it right the first time.

All Computer Parts Are Not Created Equal

If you do decide to buy parts to repair your computer yourself, you need to be careful about where you buy your parts.  There are plenty of companies who manufacture cheap replacement parts, at a steep discount from brand name items, but the parts won’t end up working as well, or in some cases, working at all.

On the other hand, you can also wind up paying way too much for a component you could have purchased much more cheaply from an alternative source. You can also overspend on components that offer more power than you computer needs, or can even handle. Qualified PC repair experts know which brands are the most trustworthy, and which products would give you the most value for your money.  This also goes for software products as well.

Pro Repairs Can Be Cheaper

Many of our customers at Tech Studio Mac and PC Repair are surprised to find out that it costs less to pay for a professional computer repair than if they had attempted it themselves. That’s because the average person needs to guess at the problem, and they usually end up replacing component after component until they find the actual culprit. When you add in the time and aggravation that comes with a malfunctioning computer, professional repairs are a bargain.

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