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Macbook Air Charging but not turning on repair after liquid damage
Macbook Air Charging but not turning on repair after liquid damage

Do’s and Dont’s with a Liquid Spilled Macbook

Liquid Spilled Macbooks are a common accident type we receive in our Adelaide Macbook Repair Workshop right after cracked Macbook Screens. Our Adelaide Workshop gets overwhelmed at times with phone calls from users who spilled a liquid on their Macbooks, and after leaving it to dry overnight, Macbooks do not work anymore.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the web regarding What to do when spilled liquid on Macbook? or Spilled liquid on Macbook. What to do?

There are a couple of actions that make sense when liquid is spilled on different types of electronics. But they do not apply to consumer electronics such as Macbooks and Laptops. In fact, have a devastating effect which we will explain shortly.

Here are couple of things you should not do when liquid spills over your Macbook.

What you should do when liquid spills over your Macbook.

Effect of a Spilled Cola over Macbook

To explain how time is your enemy with liquid damage Macbooks, you can check these excerpts of videos our colleagues in NYC, who specialises in Macbook Repairs like us, posted a couple of years ago.

Effect of a Cola drop on a Macbook Logic Board. – What to do when you spill liquid on your Macbook?

These videos show how a drop of Cola on a Macbook Board, which is not even turned on completely, causes immediate oxidation and corrosion through the components. This clearly demonstrates how urgent it is to treat and repair liquid-damaged Macbooks.

Effect of Water spilled on a Macbook

Another experiment with distilled water shows that even if the water is clear of sugar or acid components still causes damage and stops the functionality of the Macbook from 12.58V to 0.62V in under 10 minutes!

Effect of water spill on Macbook Logic Board – What to do when you spill liquid on your Macbook?

Is Liquid Damaged Macbook Repairable?

It depends on the do not do factors we have explained earlier. The severity of the damage in liquid spilled Macbooks depends on the quantity of the liquid and impacted areas.
We are often being asked, can we repair it or how likely it is to be repaired? We would not know the success rate of the repair without starting the repair process itself. Hence we have explained our repair and quoting process in detail on our Terms and Conditions page.

Is it worth repairing Macbook, or is it better to buy a new one?

Another common question we are asked by users who have spilled liquid on their Macbooks is if repair is worth it. That question depends on the damage’s extent, which we will know once we start the repair.

Most importantly, we must acknowledge that Liquid Damage on the Macbook was most likely caused by accident. We have customers trying to convince themselves/or their parents that replacement is required due to the age of the Macbook or being “due for an upgrade”. We do not have a say in this decision, but we have seen numerous cases where customers had accidents in a row with their new Macbooks.

If we spare $2000 or even $1000 today on buying a new one and instead fix the current one, we will have that amount available when or if an accident happens again! Perhaps most importantly, we will save one more device from ending in e-waste and can teach our kids to be mindful of global consumerism trends.

Liquid Damaged Macbook Repair Reliable?

Liquid damage is one of the trickiest repairs out there, considering that when the liquid dries, there is sometimes no visible residue left on the board. Most importantly, it requires electronic knowledge and an understanding of how Macbook electronics work within. Following schematics and accessing costly tools allows us to successfully tackle most of the repairs.

We have a sophisticated equipment workshop with high accuracy microscope, ultrasonic cleaning bath, reflow machine, and tools for micro soldering to achieve high-quality logic boards repairs. With thousands of components in stock, we quickly locate and replace failed components!

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When professional equipment and know-how are used in the repair process, we ensure that the fault is resolved and areas are treated to prevent future oxidation and corrosion.

In some rare cases, for example, if the liquid damages the screen cable connector (where liquid entered through/around the Macbook Air/Pro logo of the screen), we may need a logic board repair and a screen replacement. These two can bring the cost close to a cost of a replacement Macbook!

In most cases, if customers follow the Don’t section of our FAQ, we have a high success rate where we can keep the repair cost low and ensure a quick turnaround.

To avoid a locked-in situation where cost exponentially grows, we have a flexible cancellation policy that only charges a diagnostic fee for unrepairable Macbooks. Also, it applies to Repairs where cost changes from the initial quote we give before we start the repair.

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