Most computers come with warranties, but when that warranty runs out, it is a good idea to have a company that you trust readily available to assist you with any computer service you need. Even with a company on hand to call, it is important to know the basics about computer repair so you are not hit with a large repair bill that may cost as much as a new computer!
Small repairs should be simple to solve and not need the expertise of a computer service company. Often times, you can find solutions to your problems by simply searching the Internet. Most computers also come with help options on the software that is installed. Going through these steps can normally fix the problem you are having without the need for a repair company.
Going through these steps will not always be the solution to your problem. There will be times you will need computer service to fix the issue at hand. If you are lucky, and your computer is still under its warranty period, you can contact the manufacturer to assist with any problems you are experiencing. If it is out of warranty, and you did not purchase the extended warranty, you will need to rely on a service company. Often times, you can contact the manufacturer directly even after the warranty period and they will be able to assist at much less than a cost than independent computer service companies.
Before deciding to use a computer service company, you will want to weigh the cost. Having a service come in to repair you computer may be costly. You will have to decide if the costs of having them repair your computer is worth it. If you are a business owner, it may be. Losing the use of even one computer at a business could be detrimental to the production of the company so the cost of repairing the computer would be worth it.
Once your warranty expires, and you see the need for computer service you will need to decide which route you want to take with the company you chose. Many companies offer annual contracts for maintenance on your computer. You would pay an annual fee, but know that you can contact them throughout the year and they will assist you with any problems you have. Another option is to pay each time your computer has a problem.
At most times, this is the best option for individual owners. Having an annual contract would be beneficial for business owners who have more than one computer. Owning multiple computers can lead to multiple problems so an annual contract would be useful. Having just one computer, you may never experience the need for computer service throughout the year so having a contract would not be necessary. You will need to weight both options yourself and decide which one would be the most beneficial for your situation.