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The Ultimate Guide for Laptop Repair Pricing

Laptops rarely need servicing or part replacement unless there are accidents involved. Whatever the reason, if you need a repair service cost estimation, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to know how much your laptop repair can cost.

How much does laptop repair cost?

Your laptop repair costs depend on how complex the repair is, what kind of service you’re choosing, and how the services set their prices. It also depends on your device; Apple products usually cost more than other brands. Since there are multiple facts involved, let’s first clear this up.

Laptop repair cost factors

There are many factors, but the major ones are service rate, problem complexity, and type of service.

  • Problem complexity

Minor repairs will cost you less than major ones where you’ll need parts of your laptop replaced. If the problem is something that can be solved within a day (like liquid spillage on your laptop), then chances are you won’t have to pay more than the regular repair rate.

If the problem is more complex, like a completely broken screen or a disk drive/external hard drive replacement, then the cost will go up significantly because you’ll have to pay for the service, the parts and if you’re taking remote service, then travel cost.

  • Type of service and location

Repair services offer in-house repair, send-ins, and remote repair options. In-house repair means you’ll take your device to the repair service, and they’ll fix it for you. Send-ins are for you if you can’t get an appointment at a physical repair store (like an Apple Store or Apple-authorized service). You’ll have to send the device to the repair service, and they’ll send it back after repairing it.

Remote repair means a technician will come to your preferred location and fix your laptop. You won’t have to go to the shop or send your device to them.

As you can guess, remote repair costs more than the other options because the technician will be traveling to your preferred location. The cost also depends on the city you live in. If the living cost is high in your city, the overall service charge will be high.

  • Service rates

This depends on your service. Some services charge by the hour, and other services have a flat charging rate. If it is an hourly charge, it can also fluctuate depending on problem complexity. Flat rates are usually fixed considering all the costs, so the most you’ll have to do is pay for the replacement parts.

Laptop repair costs guide

Considering other factors, the average laptop repair cost is $100-$250. But if you want a more detailed pricing idea, here’s our guide to help you out.

  • Water damage repair

This is the most common issue. If you spilled water or any other liquid on your laptop, a technician would have to open your laptop up and dry the inner components. This usually costs $100-$250, but only there was no internal damage. If there is internal/physical damage, you’ll have to pay for the replacement part.

  • Keyboard and fan repair

Keyboard replacement costs are different for every laptop. Windows laptop keyboard replacement usually costs $100-$120, but the price is higher for Mac laptops. Since the technician will have to take the whole laptop apart to replace the keyboard, Mac keyboard replacement costs more than other ones.

Fan repair doesn’t cost much; usually, it is between $10-$20. What pushes it up is the service charge, especially if the repair service has an hourly charging system. Accessing the fan takes time because it is an inside component, and you need to open the whole thing up to get to it.

  • External hard drive/disk drive repair

Hard disk repairing is fairly easy, so the service charge for it is low. The cost mainly goes to the replacement hard disk, a 1TB SATA hard drive costs $110 to replace, while a 500GB SSD will cost you around $179. This price includes the service charge and excludes the drive recovery cost. Service providers recover your data and transfer it to your new hard drive to prevent data loss. This will cost you an extra $100, so your total cost for disk drive repair will be somewhere between $210-$279.

  • Battery replacement

Battery replacement costs usually depend on what kind of battery you need. Laptop batteries can cost you anything between $30-$200. If you want to use refurbished batteries, then the cost will be $20-$70. Most laptops use standard batteries, and those cost less than the specialized batteries for specific devices.


And this was our guide to laptop repairing costs. The cost can vary depending on your repair service, so make sure to look around and always pick a store with a service warranty if you’re going for third-party stores.


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What Are the Steps for Battery Replacement for iPhone?

If your battery life is decreasing or you’ve run out of warranty, you can replace your old battery yourself. But how can you do that?

Here is a detailed guide to help you out.

How to repair your phone battery

You can replace the battery in two ways, either go to a professional shop and let someone else repair it or fix it yourself.

1. Replacing your battery from a professional service

If you want someone else to replace the battery, you have two options. You can get it done from an Apple store or go to a third-party repair service and have them do it for you.

I. Repairing from the Apple Store

Apple only takes in replacement requests if your Apple products are covered by AppleCare+, consumer law, or the device’s warranty, so check and see which one covers your device. You can check your device’s warranty and AppleCare+ status from Apple’s official website. You’ll just have to enter your phone’s serial number.

If your phone is covered under warranty or AppleCare+, you won’t have to pay any service charge or the price of the new battery. It will be completely free, but they can add a $6.95 shipping charge depending on how you’re availing of the repair service.

You’ll have two options if you’re repairing through Apple’s service. You can either send your phone to them or go to the nearest Apple store and get your battery replaced. Shipping your phone means you’ll have to pay the extra shipping fee, but you’ll get your phone back in 3-5 business days. Another option is going to your closest Apple store and getting everything sorted out. Walk-in appointments take more time, and replacing your phone battery can take more than one session. If that’s the case, they’ll keep the phone and return it within 3-5 business days.

You’ll need a reservation if you’re choosing in-store repairment (which you can do from Apple’s official website), so unless you’re you don’t want to pay the shipping charge, we recommend sending your phone to the Apple authorized service.

II. Repairing from a third-party service

If your nearest Apple store is still too far from you or you can’t find time to make an appointment, you can go to a third-party service provider for your phone repair. But before you go, make sure they’re credible, and their success rate is high.

2. Replacing the battery yourself

If you’re confident in your DIY skills and trust yourself with electronic components, you can replace your depleted battery at home. Apple has a kit called iFix for battery replacement, and the instructions are pretty clearly written in there; all you’ll have to do is follow them and reassemble everything properly.

Before you get your iFix, know that your warranty will be void if you replace the battery at home. You’ll have to pay a service charge for any repair or part replacement you may need later, so only do this if you’re sure.Here’s a step-by-step guide to replacing your iPhone battery. Note that some steps might be different based on the device model;

iPhone 12 and older iPhone replacement steps won’t be 100% the same.

Make sure to drain the battery to 25% or less before you start, and always switch the phone off.

  • Remove Pentalobe Screws

Look near the charging port of your phone. You’ll see two pentalobe screws holding the outer structure together. Unscrew them using the screwdriver in your iFix kit.

  • Attach suction cups and separate display

Cover it up with tape first if you have a cracked display so the suction cups can attach properly. Suction cups come in two forms, a handle-like tool called iSlack or a singular suction cup. If you’re using iSlack, attach the cups to the lower side of your phone (front and back). If you’re using a single suction cup, attach it to the front of the lower side.
If you’re using iSlack, close the handles to crack a small gap open and slide your opener pick underneath the left side. If you’re using a single suction cup, firmly pull the top portion without putting too much force. Once the lower portion creates a small gap, insert your opening pick underneath on the lower left side.

Don’t push your pick too far in because the inner components can get physical damage otherwise.

  • Open up display

Use your opener pick to slice through the adhesive under the display. Go from the left lower part to the whole left side, then repeat the steps for the right side. Once you’re done, open the display panel like the back cover of a book and lift the lower-left part a bit to get better access to the target components.
If you’re worried about the adhesive being too strong, you can apply heat to soften it up before you try to slice through.

  • Remove and disconnect components

Don’t remove the display fully because some connections are still attached to it, so you’ll have to disconnect those first.
Unscrew the 4 small screws on the display and battery connector cover and remove the cover. Gently disconnect the tapes with a spudger, or just use your fingernails.

Move on to the logic board cover and unscrew it too. Remove the bracket and disconnect the front sensor.
Now you can take the whole display off and move on to other parts.

Look for the lower bracket under the taptic engine. The lower bracket has five screws, and you can separate them using a regular screwdriver. Remove the tapes and move to the speakers.

Remove the speaker grounding screw and the speaker screws. Slowly take the speaker out.

Remove the taptic engine screws and take the component out. You can now access the battery directly.

  • Pull off battery adhesive and remove the battery

Locate the battery adhesives. Gently peel the heads off and pull steadily to stretch the glue out. If you put too much force and the strip breaks, use a small amount of isopropyl alcohol to melt it off. If you don’t have alcohol nearby, then use an iOpener or get a hairdryer and hit up the back. The back should be slightly too hot for comfort. Make sure not to heat the backside too much because lithium batteries are flammable.

Carefully take the old battery out. Make sure you aren’t poking the battery or any other component in the way. Get your replacement battery and place it using the adhesive strips.

Reassemble your phone, and you’re done.


As replacing a battery at home voids all warranty, only do this if you’re sure you can make it work. Don’t put too much force on anything, and make sure you reassemble the device in the same way you took it out. Make sure to back up your data before doing this so you don’t go through a data loss and can recover your data easily.