Do it Yourself Repairs – Are They Really Cheaper?

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(Last Updated On: August 12, 2013)

Is it worth it to do a Do It Yourself iPhone repair instead of having it professionally done?  This article will examine the costs and the benefits of the two.  Hopefully, this will make it easier to decide between doing a repair yourself and having it done professionally by the cast at iFixYouri.

We all know that going with the Do It Yourself (which will now be shortened to “DIY”) route is seemingly cheaper.  At least, it appears that way in theory.  Of course, once everything is said and done, one might find that the DIY repair costs more money, time, and effort than it would have cost by using a  professional.  Moreover, it’s possible to permanently damage the device, rendering it unfixable.

What are the reasons? First, time alone is a major issue.  Most people obviously have little to no experience repairing iPhones or iPods and DIY repairs can be timely without the practice.  An average iPhone glass repair can easily take one to two hours.  Now, the more a person does something, the more familiar he or she gets with the process and the quicker they get at doing it.  Yet, the first time someone attempts to repair a broken screen (for example) they should be ready to spend well over an hour.  Other repairs, such as replacing a back cover, can take four or more hours.

Next, effort is going to play a major role.  It’s true that the effort put into learning how to repair an iPhone is wonderful.  A person can learn a lot while dissecting their very own device.  That person should keep in mind that he is the owner of that device and therefore, has to deal with whatever the outcome.  None of these repairs are easy by any means.  When the phone is laying there in pieces, screws scattered about, parts spread out, it will be hard to put it back together correctly.  So, a DIY person must take his or her time and pay close attention to every little detail.

The last thing to consider is money.  Money is the most important factor in our decision of choosing a DIY repair over a professional repair.  The initial cost of the DIY kit/part will be cheaper than having it repaired by an business.  This is simply because the labor and service costs are no longer present.  Again, it is wise to keep in mind that these repairs are difficult and there are many parts that can be broken or damaged while performing a DIY repair.  This leads to a new problem, whereas the original problem with the device may have been a quick repair.  When a part gets damaged or broken, it will inevitably lead to more time and effort, which means more money spent on the new problem.  Anyone who has broken an iPhone knows how fragile they are.  They are just as fragile once disassembled.

In conclusion, DIY repairs are perfectly fine for a person who has experience repairing iPhones and can confidently fix them.  If the person who chooses to do a DIY repair is fortunate enough to have a few broken iPhones laying around, he can experiment with those and then try tackling his primary phone.  However, for the majority of people who are inexperienced yet want confidence that the broken device will work like new with the least amount of hassle, please get it professionally done.  It will save your time, effort and money.