Macbook Air water damage repair spilled a bottle of water

Often we see Macbook Air water damage repairs coming to our workshop. This was a no different day. We had this Macbook air having water damage spilled straight over the keyboard. As a result, it did not turn on anymore.

Macbook Air Water Damage Repair – Not turning on

This Macbook was pulling only 0.2A from the power supply which usually means something is preventing SMC to communicate properly.

We knew there was something on the logic board, which was shorting and preventing the Macbook to turn on. So we took it apart and start investigating.

Macbook Not turning on Cause

Macbook logic board cleaned with some sort of oily substance by the customer in an attempt to fix it
Macbook logic board cleaned with some sort of oily substance by the customer in an attempt to fix it

The damage was clear. The customer used some kinda spray a try to clean the liquid damage, which actually makes our work much harder. Mainly because it wipes all traces of the liquid. Now rather than concentrating on chips or areas which had liquid signs on them, we need to go through every component on the logic board and measure if the voltages are passed as expected.

Inspecting affected areas of the logic board electronics

If we looked under an angle, we could see the liquid still present on top of the SMC controller. As we have suspected, it must have gone underneath too.

SMC controller on a Macbook Air water damage repair
SMC controller on a Macbook Air water damage repair

People usually think that if left for a couple of days, water will miraculously evaporate, and Macbook will work as nothing happened to it. This is a myth, unfortunately. Due to the dust collected over the board, when water or any liquid gets spilled over electronics, it creates this muddy texture. This texture lays like a carpet on top of the components and makes a perfect environment for the oxidation process to flourish. On the other hand, oxidation corrodes through the traces and components while electricity passes through them.

Macbook Water Damage Repair Process

Oxidized pins on a voltage regulator which required clean and replacement – Macbook Air water damage repair

We had to replace a voltage regulator which apparently had oxidation and was not functioning correctly.

Macbook Repair we offer here in Adelaide includes a couple of simple steps:

  1. Get a Quote for the repair before any work is done, even over the phone.
  2. Free pick up from the client’s location in Adelaide. Or alternatively, drop in for a quick check while you wait.
  3. Confirming final cost and “Go” from the client.
  4. Repairing and ensuring everything works as expected.
  5. Returning repaired system back to the client. Or the client can pick it up from our workshop.
Reflowing SMC controller on Macbook Air water damage repair

The last step was to remove any oxidation built up under the SMC and ensure it is fresh as a daisy.

The Result of Macbook Air Repair

With a completed repair, we ran essential tests on the Macbook itself to ensure SMC is communicating with all internal devices and sensors.

Testing sensors - Macbook Air Water Damage Repair
Testing sensors – Macbook Air Water Damage Repair

Would you like to read more about our Macbook not turning on Repairs? Check out some of our published repair cases.

Successful Macbook Air water damage repair

Do you need this Repair in Adelaide?

If your Apple Mac or Macbook is causing trouble and need a Macbook Repair Service in Adelaide, give us a call, and we will advise on the best scenario to get your device repaired.

Interstate? Why not Send IT for a Repair. Repairs take under three weeks, including forward and backward postage. Contact us to get an idea of cost and turnarounds.

We at IT-Solve, specialise in Apple Mac and electronics repairs. We will do our best to repair your Mac quickly without involving high costs and long waiting times in repair shops. Our average repair takes under a week!

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Repaired, not Replaced!

We are committed to reducing e-waste in Australia. How we do it is by educating our customers on the reparability and longevity of their devices, as well as providing affordable Macbook Repairs here in Adelaide.
Although our best intentions and hard work, this is not an easy task. Customers must accept that cost of high-quality electronic repairs, is between a third and half of the price of a new device. However, with the current trend of planned obsolescence in electronic design, we see more and more Macbooks having shorter lifespans. To tackle that, while we do our repairs we target common planned obsolescence engineering design mistakes to ensure we extend the life expectancy of the Macbooks we repair. Check some of our Macbook Repair Cases to get an idea of the process.

That said, if we buy a new one or write it off via insurance, it does not guarantee that the new one will not meet the same fate as the older one pretty soon.
As matter of fact, quite often we see accidents reoccurring within less than 2-year gaps. If we can save 2000$ or even 1000$ today by repairing our faulty Macbook is brilliant. That’s an extra half Macbook cost ready to be spent on another one when the time comes or our need for performance increases.
When that time comes is up to us to buy a new one or keep pushing the one we have, but delaying it by a year or three is always a good starting point and saves another abandoned Macbook from polluting our one and only Planet.