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Fix it or Replace it?

Computers are a vital part of a company, and when productivity comes screeching to a halt because of a computer issue, you are faced with a decision -fix it, or replace it? Before making a rash decision there are a few things that you should consider that could very well end up saving you some of those hard-earned dollars.


Understand the Value

When you are making the decision to fix it or replace it, you should familiarize yourself with the value of your computer. Let’s say it is a fix on a two-year-old computer that might cost $200, but you could get the brand new model for $400. In this scenario, you need to decide how much more you value two-year newer computer than your old one. It is very important to understand the value of your computer in order to make the right call on whether to replace it or not. A simple Google search will usually give you a solid idea of how much it’s worth. But, if you want an expert opinion, we’d be happy to give you an estimate as well.


Age is a Factor

The older a piece of equipment gets the more sense it might make to go ahead and replace it. If it is a hardware problem on a newer computer, repair would most likely be a good option, but the older that the computer gets, a hardware issue may suffice to make it appropriate to replace the computer. Always consider the age of your computer when deciding to fix it or replace it.


The standard advice until recently was to plan to buy a new computer every three years but things have changed. You can reasonably expect to keep a business workstation in service for five years. That being said, we often hear, “It does everything I need it to do”, so they don’t believe that replacing their computer is necessary. In some instances we would agree, however, these customers might not know what they’re missing out on. They may not know the efficiency or time saving benefits of a newer model.


Find the right solution

Knowing whether to fix or replace a computer is really a case by case scenario. When you know that you have a problem, you might not always know of a solution. Here at Friendly PC, we would love to help you find the best solution to your specific situation. We understand the importance of having your computer running at optimal speeds, and want to get you back to what you need to be doing as quickly as possible!