Is it economical to repair an electronic control board?

This is a good question considering we live in a throw away economy. To answer this question I need to ask 4 more?

  1. Are replacement boards available?
  2. How much is a replacement board?
  3. How damaged is the original board?
  4. Can TechFix repair it?

In our modern economy, many mass produced electronic products can be purchased very cheaply even if parts are not available. So obviously equipment like printers, led power supplies etc etc are no longer worth repairing. Just buy another one.
However other commercial machines like vending and coffee machines, forklifts, Gym equipment, medical power supplies, air conditioning units, inverters etc etc are often expensive, as are their replacement parts. And in many cases some are obsolete so new parts are no longer in production. This is where our repair service can save you hundreds.

As a rule of thumb, if a replacement electronic board or the equipment itself is more than $200, then repair of the control or power board is a cost effective option.
The next point to consider is how damaged is the board. If it is a Triac on a Delonghi Coffee Machine board then the replacement component is less than $2 with an added 1 hour labour to diagnose, repair and test. So the control board is repaired for less than $70. And often we will remove components like capacitors that fail testing and replace them with better quality ones. We can also re-solder dry joints. So the board is better than new. Refurbishing inverters etc is a very cost effective exercise.


If the PCB board and tracks have been extensively damaged by salt water or lightening etc then a cost effective repair may not be possible. My technicians can assist with determining if a board is beyond repair.
Finally some faults can prove difficult to diagnose and/or we may be unable to obtain replacement components. This again renders a electronoc control board as throw away.
Sometimes we can obtain a schematic or a functioning board. This assists greatly in locating the fault. Some boards we see frequently and we know the fault even before we un-box it. In this case the repair is easy and quick. The good news is we only charge for successful repairs, so if my team fail to repair a board you send us, you are only out of pocket the postage cost.

So in summary, if a replacement electronic circuit board is costly or non existent and the original board is not extensively physically damaged. Its worth sending it to us for an evaluation.

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