It’s tempting to want to try fixing your own computer when something goes wrong. There are tons of “how-to” videos on YouTube, and it can look so easy when someone experienced does a repair.
But taking apart your PC or trying to address a sluggish system yourself can go very wrong if you’re not an experienced computer technician. You could end up making things worse, losing data from a drive crash, or deleting an important registry entry.
It’s always best to leave any type of computer repair to the experts because something small can actually be much larger. You could also end up costing yourself more money in the long run because a professional has to fix something that you accidentally broke while attempting a DIY fix.
Computer repair experts have years of experience (15+ years for Carl’s Computer Care) and have fixed thousands of computers of all types. Here are several reasons why you should trust even a seemingly small issue to a PC repair expert.
Little Problems Can Be Masking Larger Ones
You may think your computer has a small issue that ends up being a symptom of a larger one. For example, if you notice your PC is getting too hot and keeps shutting down. You may assume it needs a new fan since the fan doesn’t seem to run the same way it used to.
So, you replace the fan, only to continue getting the overheating issue because it wasn’t the fan at all, it was a power supply problem that caused the fan slowdown in the first place.
A professional would be able to immediately detect the issue with the power supply and address the real reason for the overheating.
Online “Cleanup” Tools Can Inject Malware
When computers get slow and problematic, many people will immediately go online and search for a “PC speed up tool.” This will return several PC cleaner search results and ads, but many of them aren’t completely legitimate.
PC cleaner tools are often used to hide malware such as adware or a virus. You could end up infecting your computer and slowing it down even more rather than speeding it up.
In 2020, Microsoft named a popular PC cleaning tool, CCleaner, as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) because it edits the Windows registry.
PC experts have reliable tools they use to do a tune-up of a system to improve speed and reliability. This is also a type of fix that we can do via remote support, so you don’t even have to bring your PC to the stop.
You May Spend Time & Money Fixing the Wrong Thing
Computer professionals go through training and get years of on-the-job experience with all types of PC issues. This makes us experts at diagnosing issues and being able to save you time and money by not wasting time fixing the wrong thing.
If you’re trying to repair your system yourself, you could end up ordering an expensive part online and taking time to install it, when it wasn’t actually the thing causing your PC problem in the first place. Then, you’re back at square one still needing to fix the initial issue.
You save a lot of time and money by just having a professional look at your system to identify the problem.
A Professional Can Save You Money on Parts
If your computer needs some hardware parts, such as a laptop screen or internal board, a PC professional can often get those parts for less than you can because we get reseller discounts.
PC experts also know where to find difficult-to-find parts and may already have certain ones in stock. If you’re searching online for computer parts on your own, you can end up spending more, risking getting a part shipped to you that doesn’t work, or waiting forever for it to arrive.
Not All Systems Can be Fixed
There comes a time for all computers when they just can’t reasonably be fixed and expected to operate efficiently. All PCs have an end of usable life, and if you don’t realize that your computer needs to be replaced, you could be putting money and effort into a repair that might give you a few extra months, but ultimately be fruitless.
A PC professional can let you know when a system can reasonably be upgraded to give it a few more years of productive life span or when your system is on its last legs and ready to be retired.
Have a Computer Issue? We’ll Be Happy To Take a Look!
Carl’s Computer Care works with Louisiana residents and businesses to help them get the most of their technology. We’ll be happy to take a look at a troublesome PC, give you an honest assessment, and provide expert and reliable repairs.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation! Call 225-315-3498 or reach us online.