One of many people’s most prized things is their MacBook. The new MacBook with the M2 processor is without a doubt the best laptop available for around $1,000. We frequently use our MacBooks to communicate, conduct business, or just browse the internet. They are also not inexpensive. That implies that if you’ve MacBook water spilled, its a huge financial loss if not taken care properly.
Although you could have harmed your MacBook, there are steps you can do to limit further harm in addition to attempting to resolve the issue. The good thing about Macbooks is that, in general, they are pretty well built so that their keyboards are secure and do not allow any spillages through. So, if a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air has water on it, here’s what you should do to stop any additional harm.
You spilled water on a MacBook Air/Pro and it switched off nearly instantaneously or If water was spilled on a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, it shut down immediately.
What should you do if water spills on a MacBook?
When you first take your brand-new, glossy MacBook out of the box, you want to cherish it and even dust it off once in a while. You get carefree and a little casual about it because, after all, what good is life if you can’t enjoy it? So you might start eating pasta or sushi while watching your favorite TV show, or you might start drinking hot coffee in the morning while finishing up that crucial document.
You might find yourself travelling with your Mac these situations, as well as several others, might result in inadvertent harm to your Mac, such as spilling water or other liquids on it.
Let’s begin by saying that, as of right now, Macs are neither waterproof nor even water resistant. Although we are not experts in laptop repair, this means that splashing water on a MacBook may cause irreparable damage.
What should I do right now?
For your water-damaged MacBook to survive, follow the guidelines in this article to reduce liquid damage. The engineers and technicians that do hundreds of MacBook water damage repairs wrote this manual. It outlines each process, as well as what to do if you spilt water on your MacBook’s. It offers a thorough look at Apple MacBook’s’ intricate engineering design.
1. Immediately turn off the water-damaged MacBook.
If water has been spilled on your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, do this first. The MacBook keyboard has already stopped working if the water-damaged computer cannot be shut off by holding the power button. The MacBook logic board cannot receive the software-level “Force Shutdown” command from the keyboard. Don’t worry; there are still more ways to turn off a Mac laptop.
Use tissues to absorb the liquid that you can see on the MacBook keyboard, touchpad, and screen before closing the lid. You turn on the hardware-level sleep sensor by doing this. The CPU, screen, SSD drive, and the majority of supporting circuitry will lose power when the logic board senses the sleep sensor signal. After that, the MacBook goes into a shallow sleep state. When in shallow slumber, the power to the memory chips is still present.
The laptop can wake up thanks to this design under typical use. The MacBook will go into deep sleep mode if you close the lid for a bit. The logic board turns off the power to the memory chips while the device is in deep sleep mode. Your CPU, display, SSD drive, and RAM are currently safe. Never again should you open the laptop’s lid to turn it on.
Your MacBook’s logic board is malfunctioning and out of control if the screen is still lit up after closing the lid. But the harm is not severe. Please unplug the charger and separate the battery from the logic board there is still a good chance that your MacBook will live.
2. If the charger is still plugged into the water-damaged MacBook, unplug it.
Less important than the first is this step. The CPU and other vital components WILL NOT lose power if the charger is unplugged alone. If you did not shut down the Mac laptop by pressing and holding the power button, the internal MacBook battery is still running the device at full power. You can disable the logic board’s charging circuit by unplugging the charger.
The increased voltage of the charging circuit (14.5V for MacBook Air, 20V for MacBook Pro Retina) poses a serious risk even if water damage to the charging circuit is almost always repairable. Detach the charger now. If you are able to get to this point, you have disconnected. If you can come up to this point, you have turned off 99% of the MacBook logic board circuits.
3. Prevent water from entering the vent holes, and unplug any extraneous devices.
Keep the MacBook where it is. Try to prevent water from entering the vent holes that are situated between the keyboard and the screen. The vent holes are intended to release heat from the logic board and disperse it outside. The most important step in minimizing harm from spilt water on a MacBook is protecting the logic board.
As seen in the image below, there is nothing in between the vent holes and the logic board. You can lessen the damage if you can keep water from getting into the vent openings. Disconnect any other adapters and any attached external USB drives. To quickly absorb any lingering moisture on the MacBook keyboard, touchpad, and screen, use a towel or tissues.
4. Taking out the battery from the wet MacBook
Turn the MacBook over, then open the back case cover with a pentagon screwdriver or a Phillips screwdriver for older models. To remove the battery connector from the logic board, use your fingernail or a plastic stick.
Avoid using metal screwdrivers. If you don’t, you risk short-circuiting the battery or, worse, destroying the SMC (System Management Controller) by directly applying the 12V battery voltage to it. How crucial is the SMC? A new CPU can be purchased from Intel, however Apple does not sell any new SMCs. You will need to wait for an SMC donor from a dead Mac of the exact same make and model.
If you are at this point, your MacBook is not currently in danger. You have disabled EVERY circuit on your specific logic board. It’s time to look for a reputable MacBook water damage repair provider right away.
The logic board and battery are positioned behind the keyboard and touchpad, respectively, in every Mac laptop. The leftover water on the keyboard will eventually drain off the MacBook casing as gravity pulls it toward the touchpad area. The logic board will also be relocated towards a less risky area if any water has already entered it. The water-damaged MacBook should be dried after 24 hours with the bottom lid off.
5. Drain the MacBook while you wait for qualified Apple technicians to repair the water damage.
.This method will work for you if your Mac laptop has a non-retina screen and is either a pre-2018 MacBook Air or a pre-2013 MacBook Pro. On those earlier MacBook models, this technique works well because the screens are waterproof. To stop water from getting inside the screen, there is a front aluminum frame (on MacBook Air) or a front protective glass (on MacBook Pro with a non-retina screen).
The new retina screens are NOT water-resistant, so if you put them in “tent” position, you might help to distribute the water from the bottom edge to the optical (reflective) film inside the screen. If you have a MacBook with a retina screen, but, don’t use the “tent” method. Apple got rid of the bulky aluminum frame and protective glass to make the new retina screens thinner, lighter, and maximize the viewable section.
The affected screen might still be usable, but as you can see in the image below, the watermarks in the backdrop lower the visual quality. Particularly with the most recent touch bar model, we have seen this done more to water-damaged MacBook’s with retina screens.
6. An explanation of the hairdryer and the rice-using lore
Uncooked rice and hair dryers have both been used to repair water-damaged MacBooks in the past. Nearly every week, we receive liquid-damaged MacBooks for repair that contain rice.
Even though it is frequently quite ineffective and unneeded, using a hairdryer or rice to dry the MacBook is OK. The thought of turning on the laptop without sufficient care after the drying process is where these myths actually cause harm.
A mixture of moisture, darkness, minerals, and sugar could produce the electrical bridges known as shorted circuits anyplace among the logic board circuits.
These bridges start when the laptop is turned on the murders, which caused serious, even deadly, damages, as depicted below. There is a potential that only the keyboard or touchpad was harmed and that the water did not reach the logic board. Small water spills do not guarantee that the water did not get to the logic board.
The logic board must be removed from the case and examined under a microscope in order to be safely informed. Turning on a dried-out, water-damaged MacBook without inspection and proper care is a risk with very bad odds.
This explains why spilled water and water damage are the leading causes of MacBook death. We never directly power up a MacBook with a reported liquid damage. Rather, We will first remove the logic board and evaluate the damage. This straightforward approach has enabled us to raise the success rates.
Services for fixing water damage on MacBooks that are currently accessible
We advise taking your MacBook to a reputed repair shop if water has spilled on it. Although many of them have dealt with water-damaged MacBooks, there are several kinds and “levels “services they provide that you ought to know about:
Clean the logic board at level 1. The keyboard, touchpad, screen, battery, and hard drive should all be cleaned or replaced. then put everything back together at the test case. You will be advised that the MacBook cannot be repaired if the logic board is malfunctioning. If a “refurbished” device is used, you can be requested to replace the entire logic board at a premium cost “Available is a logic board.
Due to the time-consuming nature of the cleaning process and the extremely low success rate, this kind of service provider will typically charge you an evaluation fee. This level of service is offered by the majority of independent repairers as well as Apple authorized repairers.
Apple’s basic warranty is immediately invalidated for any MacBook that has been harmed by liquid. Your Mac will be covered by Apple and a service charge will be charged if you have purchased AppleCare+ for Mac. Apple doesn’t offer services for data recovery. Before utilizing the warranty, you must first obtain a Mac data recovery service from a third-party repairer if you need the data.
Level 2: Vacuum the keyboard, touchpad, screen, battery, and hard drive or replace them. On the logic board, replace the corroded chips and then clean it with an ultrasonic cleaner.
This job can be done by a technician with micro-soldering abilities. The repairer may or may not charge an assessment fee because this service has a higher success percentage than the last one. Because this service requires a specific level of expertise and understanding, only a few independent repairers can offer it.
Level 3: In addition to the aforementioned services, an engineer will troubleshoot any remaining defective chips that a microscope was unable to find. High-level abilities, expertise, tools, and, most importantly, a thorough comprehension of the Apple logic board design are needed for this task. The high success rate will cover the expense of the unsuccessful ones, hence this class of repairers typically do not charge an evaluation fee.