Repairing vs. Replacing a Computer

Repairing vs. Replacing a Computer

October 3, 2019

If you have a computer that’s been running awfully slow or malfunctioning, then you need to determine whether the best course of action is to replace the computer or invest in computer repair in St. Charles County, MO.

Here are some of the factors you’ll need to consider to determine which is the best approach to take.

The type of problem you’re dealing with

What exactly is the nature of the problem you’re having with your computer? This will go a long way toward determining what step to take.

If your computer is simply running slowly, there are a lot of steps you can take to improve this problem before you move ahead with replacement. For example, you can delete unused programs, run virus scans and cleaners, run a registry cleaner, remove some items from your constantly running processes or startup list or simply cut back on how much content you have stored on your hard drive. If you have a cracked laptop screen but the computer itself is otherwise working fine, you could replace the screen.

The cost to repair

Of course, you’ll need to consider the cost to repair the computer compared to the cost associated with replacing it. Continuing with the laptop screen example, there are some circumstances in which the computer is probably worth quite a bit more than it would cost to replace the screen, in which case replacing the screen is far preferable to investing in a new computer. Consider the value of the computer you’re dealing with, and if the costs of repairing the computer are just a fraction of the overall value of the system, then you can feel comfortable investing in those repairs because you know the machine still has years of life left in it.

The age of the computer

This is another big factor to consider, both in terms of determining the value of the computer as well as whether or not it makes sense to repair versus replace. The average lifespan of a computer from the time it’s purchased will generally be anywhere between three and seven years. The older it gets, the more outdated its hardware becomes and the more likely it is you’re going to continue to have issues with it.

Eventually you’re going to need to update your computer to make sure it has sufficient processing power for everything you do with it. You’ll also need to upgrade your operating systems to make sure your computer is as secure as possible. There will come a time when frequent breakdowns will become more likely simply because your computer becomes outdated, so at that point it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to invest time and effort into repairing your computer when you’re just going to need to replace it soon anyway. You’re better off taking the plunge and investing in new hardware that you can rely on for the foreseeable future.

For more information about the factors you should consider when deciding whether to go with computer replacement or computer repair in St. Charles County, MO, we encourage you to contact Computer Paramedic today. We will gladly identify the repair options that allow you to hold on to your trusted machine for as long as possible while also getting your money’s worth.

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