For those who cannot manage it, it is best to rely on the manufacturing company for computer repairs, especially till such time that the machine is covered by extended warranties. After that, they can use the help of a company that provides services at fixed or variable costs. Since computer service is a survival necessity in the present day world, computer users should have ready access to computer repair options. At the same time, they should also know some of the tips and tricks to get things done cheaply, and without hassles.
The first rule here is for the users to learn some of the basics of computer repairs so that they can manage minor repairs themselves. The operating system will have its own troubleshooting options, and by going through it step by step users will be able to rectify some of the problems themselves. Later versions of windows come with repair disks and when the user boots the computer with it, again, it will have provisions for guiding the users through means to get the problems fixed.
Anyway, repair disks will not solve the entire gamut of problems that make computer service necessary. Further, there are plenty of people whose technical know-how does not allow them to manage computer repairs even with the repair disk and other troubleshooting options that operating systems provide. They might have to get outside help to have the problem rectified.
While taking outside help for computer repairs, it is better not to rely on help from independent sources till such time that the machine is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. The warranty terms of different manufacturers will vary, but many machines are covered by extended warranties at additional costs even after the mandatory period of one-year warranty. During this period, computer service by the sellers will always work out cheaper than getting it from other sources. Further, spare parts availability for the brand will also be more with the manufacturing company than others.
In some cases, where on site computer repairs is required, and there could be delay in getting the services of the manufacturers, the user may have to rely on help from other sources. However, the cost equation here will have to be calculated by comparing the extra charges that could ensue from taking that help, and the loss resulting from the delay in getting the manufacturer’s computer service.
In a post warranty period scenario, there are generally two ways in which computer service will be available. One is by entering into an annual maintenance contract with the service provider. Here, in return for the payment of a fixed amount every year, the service providers will take care of all the computer repairs needs of the user.
With the other option, the computer owner will have to pay for each repair separately and also pay for spare parts when necessary. It is a bit difficult to predict which of the two methods will work out to be cheaper in the long run. In the case of businesses where malfunctioning of a computer could result in substantial business loss, contracts that will cover all computer repairs could be the better option. For smaller units and home computers, computer service with variable charges may be the right option.