Downsides of DIY Computer Repairs

Posted on: 15 April 2020

Traditionally, whether it was a car or computer, when something broke down, there was that desire to open it up and try to figure out the issue. Everybody wanted to fix their own stuff because it gave them a sense of accomplishment. DIY repairs are more popular today because repair parts are readily available and you can diagnose the problem by learning from the internet. However, there are several pitfalls of DIY repairs, especially when dealing with computers. These include the following

i.    Misdiagnosis

Your computer is like a patient, and if you're not a doctor, you'll have trouble diagnosing the problem. Unless it's a problem that you can see, you'll have no idea of where to begin. For example, a broken screen would mean that the problem is the screen, and it needs replacement. However, you could have another issue which you misdiagnose as a hardware problem only to realise later that it's a software issue.  

ii.    Experience matters

There is a difference between a technician who has repaired computers for over two decades and one who's learning the craft from YouTube. An experienced professional understands all parts of the computers and has a better chance of making a diagnosis with zero errors.

Computer repairs aren't for everyone; you might manage to repair your laptop or computer but lose your data while repairing it. Computer repair professionals seek to protect your data and minimise damage, and if there is data loss, they try to recover it.

iii.    Incompatible tools

YouTube is a great learning tool, but it presents some challenges for DIYers. The people on YouTube have access to tools you might not have, or the tools might be too expensive to buy for a single repair. Some of the tools they use are specific to certain laptop brands and might not work on yours.

However, a computer repair specialist will have access to all the tools they need and will have an easier time handling the repairs. It's also convenient to let the professionals handle the repairs because they have the tools, experience, time and access to repair parts.

iv.    Replacement is better

If you can repair the laptop, it's typically cheaper than a replacement. However, there are instances when trying to fix a laptop is not worth trying. If your laptop is broken to the point that the repairs will cost more than a replacement, then go ahead and get a new laptop. The same applies if the problems will recur.

A specialist would inform you that your computer is beyond repair and recommend better alternatives.

To learn more, contact a computer repair company.