Risks You Face When Attempting DIY Computer Repair

Sep 3, 2021

While many of us like to fix our own problems whenever possible, there are certain areas where this approach isn't exactly advisable. One good example in most cases is the realm of computer repair -- you may think you're helping the issue, but in most situations you'll actually just be worsening the problem plus potentially putting your own safety at risk.

At FixIT Mobile, we're here to help with a huge range of computer repair services carried out by professional technicians who really know their stuff. We're not just here to help with your home computers, either -- we provide business computer repair and other services for all kinds of businesses, too. Why do we strongly recommend you leave any significant computer repair to our team unless you have specified training in this field? Here are several reasons.

Computers Are Far More Complex Today

A couple decades ago, there really may have been certain situations where performing DIY computer repairs was acceptable. Computers were much simpler in their earlier generations, and those types of repairs weren't as risky.

These days, however, computers are built with smaller parts that break much more easily and which require a real understanding of how these components interface with each other to do their jobs. One slipup in this process could result in things going very wrong -- and you may not even be aware you've done something wrong.

Creating More Problems

The most common result of attempting computer repairs for a complex, modern computer: You actually make the problems worse.

For example, you may not realize that the static electricity from your body alone could be enough to generate an electrical short. This can occur when you remove a part from the computer case or otherwise disconnect something without properly grounding yourself. Once this happens, you'll have one big problem on your hands -- quite literally!

If you simply must attempt your own computer repair, be sure to document exactly what you did. That way, if anything does go wrong, you'll have a complete record of exactly what you tweaked in the process -- and this might be helpful later if the computer ends up in the hands of our repair specialists.

Lost Data and Photos

Computers are a central hub for data, photos and other personal information, but DIY computer repair attempts threaten the integrity of this data.

For example, if you open up a computer case and fiddle with the motherboard or other components, you risk damaging parts that contain vital information. This could result in lost files that can't be recovered by any other means.

Disassembling a PC while trying to fix it might also damage its internal structure and cause permanent damage to certain components, which could lead to lost data and lots of frustration.

Once again, if you must attempt these repairs on your own, it's vital to back up your data as much as possible first. It may even be a good idea to send your hard drive off to the experts at FixIT Mobile so we can complete this process for you, ensuring that all of your important information is in safe hands.

Possible Scams

Sadly, there are a number of programs out there that disguise themselves as computer repair assistance services, but are actually scams intended to steal your money. These programs will sometimes ask for access to a computer so they can install their software, but in reality all they're doing is installing malware that could then raid your digital life of personal information and financial data over the following weeks and months.

While this isn't exactly computer repair, it is something that you should keep in mind when trying to fix your own machine -- there are criminals out there who want to take advantage of those with less knowledge! Never download such a program unless you've vetted it with one of our professionals first -- and in reality, our own computer repair services will generally be much more comprehensive and much more cost-effective.

Outdated Computer

In other cases, the issues with attempting DIY computer repair will trace back to the age of the machine itself. Older computer are often much more temperamental than newer devices, making their repair a lot riskier.

Today's machines use cutting edge processing power that is very tightly packed into compact spaces, which means that most jury-rigged fixes won't hold up well. In fact, you may end up jeopardizing your machine's internal structure by trying to fix it yourself.

In these cases, the result of bringing the computer in for specialized repair from our team might actually be similar to your own DIY attempts. Many older computers simply can't be repaired in an affordable way, and it will be much more cost-effective to simply replace the device.

Trying to fix your own computer is risky business, and it's often not advisable unless you have deep expertise in the area or have extensively researched your options. Otherwise, all that could happen is that you may end up causing significant damage to your machine and/or losing important personal information.

Call FixIT Mobile today for assistance with any of your computer repair needs, phone repair, tablet repair, or any of our other services. We're standing by and happy to help.