Macbook Retina water spillage repair

One of the repairs we have got this week was this 13″ Macbook Pro Retina 2015 A1502 model. These are very popular models and the last of the kind with the nice keyboard before Apple transitioned to butterfly keyboards.

Naturally, customers want to keep these Macbook laptops as long as possible, but accidents happen regardless of how careful one is.

Macbook water spilled repair is a type of repair we do on a regular basis. We have noticed that the faster customer reacts to the liquid damage higher are chances for a successful repair. Longer Macbook Retina stays with water spilled, repair difficulty exponentially increases due to the corrosion building up inside of the Macbook.

Inspecting Water damage Macbook Retina before the repair
Inspecting Water damage Macbook Retina before the repair

We took the bottom cover off and could see the traces of the liquid around the screen connector all the way to the battery connector.

Both sections are high voltage and high current sections. The screen backlight of this Macbook model operates at 50V boosted voltage, while the battery is capable to deliver 8A of current. That’s powerful enough to destroy chips and traces if there is an oxidation or water spillage.

Macbook Water Spillage Repair Process

Heavy oxidation of battery charging section of water spilled Macbook Retina
Heavy oxidation of battery charging section of water spilled Macbook Retina

We start with the most important area of concern, the power rails. In particular battery and charging circuit sections. A short here would completely disable the power on this Macbook.

And that is exactly what happened, just after a day of the water spillage we could already see massive chunks of oxidation on high power rails.

Macbook Retina water spilled repair - Replacing capacitors causing short
Macbook Retina water spillage repair – Replacing capacitors causing short

Most of the capacitors in this area had lost some of their pads due to the corrosion and were not making good contact. While others were shorting causing water spilled macbook to do not turn on.

Please note: This is not educational material. It is rather a showcase of the services we offer.
Therefore, it should be used as general guidance on what to expect of such repairs.
In case you have a similar device and need the repair, always rely on professionals. These are sensitive electronic devices, and small mistakes may cause irreversible electronic damage. Which may require whole part replacement for 2 or 3 times the cost.

Another area of concern on this Macbook was the LCD backlight circuit. Looking at the damage we could see badly corroded pins of the connector and burned out area. Corrosion was on parts so small that only can be, seen under a microscope.

Macbook Retina water spillage repair – LVDS connector repair

Macbook water spillage 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.
Macbook Water spillage repair - Resoldering LVDS Screen connector pins
Macbook Water spillage repair – Resoldering LVDS Screen connector pins

We have resoldered the LVDS screen connector and had to run a trace across the board due to the damaged traces caused by the corrosion.

Macbook Water spillage repair – Repairing damaged trace

We ran a wire across the board to be able to bring the high voltage lines for the screen backlight to function.

Successfully cleaned and repaired Macbook Retina after a water spillage
Successfully cleaned and repaired Macbook Retina after a water spillage

Successful Macbook Water Spillage Repair

This Macbook Retina with a water spillage was repaired successfully within just a day.

Would you like to read more about our Macbook water spillage repairs? Check out some of our published repair cases.

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.