Pinball Repairs  


 Pinball Repair Service Alabama

We repair pinball machines at your home or business in the Central Alabama area and have over 30 years experience with pinball repair and video game repair.

 

In-Home Pinball Repair Service.                      Go HERE for Video Game repair.
If you live anywhere around the central part of Alabama I can travel to your home or business and fix your pinball or arcade game. This includes Gadsen to Tuscaloosa and Huntsville to Montgomery and all points in between.   
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I specialize in pinball games from the 1970s to present.  This includes coin operated games made by Gottlieb, Williams, Bally, DataEast, Midway, Sega, Stern,  and many others,  including the newer Solid-state dot matrix display games. 

I bring all tools and electronic parts to fix your pinball with me and I do my utmost to complete the repair in one visit.  However, if a special part or coil needs to be ordered then this will require a second visit.

Regarding pets,  if you have a dog or cat or two at your home, that is not a problem. I can fix your pinball game at your home with no worry about pets.

Generally a 120 mile trip (each way) is about as far as I can travel to do a game repair (like two hours each way). 

Contact Info for In-Home Pinball Repair.

Feel free to send me an email at Leo@Arcade-Game-Repair.com  or call me at 205-587-5133 to discuss your needs. Please only call if you are in the area described above.  


Commonly Asked In-Home Pinball Repair Questions:

Q) When do you usually schedule repairs?
A) I generally try and schedule pinball repairs for 11am on weekdays. I do weekends repairs too (Saturday at 11am or so.  Sundays in the afternoon.), for those that need it.  But please call or email to discuss your situation. I can work around your schedule!

Q) How much does it cost to fix a pinball game at my house?
A) This is difficult to determine without seeing the game, but I can give a range of what most games cost to repair (cost based on time). Generally speaking, 95% of all repairs fall in the $100 to $250 price repair range. There are some caveats to this. For example, if you have more than one game obviously this usually takes more time.  Solid-state pinballs from 1977 to 1985 with batteries on the computer board sometimes cost more to repair. I know now you're asking, "Batteries? Why would my game have batteries, and what does that matter?" Well most solid-state pinballs do use batteries to store high scores and book keeping functions. And the batteries can leak their corrosive fluids and ruin connectors and even eat the computer board (this is why I usually mount remote battery holders on many games I repair to prevent this problem in the future.) If the batteries have leaked, and the computer board must be replaced, this obviously will cost more.  But please keep this in mind - have you called a plumber lately? I know I have, and just to get a plumber to your house is about $100 minimum. So by comparison, in-home pinball repair is a bargain.

Q) Would it be cheaper for me to bring my game to you for repair?
A) The short answer is NO.  When moving a game, there are lots of considerations too. You have to disassemble the machine, get it out of your house, put it in your vehicle, and drive it. And then do it in reverse after the repair. And there is a good chance the game will be damaged in the process. Moving a pinball is no easy task. If you break the irreplaceable score glass your valuable pinball is now nothing more than $50 worth of parts. And in the process of moving or setting up the game once it's fixed and back at your house, there is a chance it could be mis-connected, damaging the machine. Or worse, damaging YOU while moving the 300 pound monster. So in the end, is it really worth it? Wouldn't it just be easier (and cheaper!) to have me come out once and fix it at your home? YES.

Q) A local repair shop is asking me to remove a board or to bring the entire game to them. Wouldn't that be cheaper?
A) Again the answer is NO it would not be cheaper. Removing a suspect board and sending it away for repair is a risk. When you get the board back, you have to plug it back in correctly, and there may still be a problem elsewhere in the game, which damages the board again. It makes far more sense to have the whole game to repair. So what about bring it to a local shop? Again, do you really want to move a 300 pound pinball? Or pay them to pick up/deliver it? I can guarantee it won't be cheaper to bring a machine to them!

Q) How much are parts?
A) In most cases parts are pretty reasonable and not expensive. I generally don't charge a lot for parts. I should say that some custom parts are expensive, like digital orange score displays, but most everything else is pretty reasonable.

Q) How much do you charge per hour?
A) I get asked this a lot, and frankly it's difficult to answer. I always give people a price range for game repairs, as discussed above. And if the repair turns out to be time consuming and takes a long time, I will try and stay in the stated price range. In these cases obviously I'm working a lot cheaper "by the hour" than a standard repair. The point I'm making is that I will put a price ceiling on nearly all repairs, so the budget is not blown, regardless of how long the repair takes. It's best to discuss this on the phone for your particular situation, so give me a call and we can talk about it. Basically the more time I'm at your home, the less the hourly rate becomes.

Q) Can I watch when you fix my pinball machine at my home?
A) Yes you can. A lot of people watch and learn some things about pinball machine care. I'm happy to share this kind of information. That's another reason why having me come to your home to fix your game is better than dropping it off at a local repair shop.

Q) Are there any spray lubricants or contact cleaners I should use on my game?
A) NO. Nothing from a spray can should be used in pinball.