Spilled Water on Your MacBook? Here’s What You Can Do to Prevent Further Damage
Maybe you were caught off guard in the heavy rain and water seeped in through the laptop bag resulting in the MacBook getting wet or a jug of water accidentally spilt all over your MacBook! Whatever be the reason behind this unfortunate situation, you’ve landed at the right post. Here, we will tell you what you can do to minimize the damage and increase the survival chances of your liquid-damaged MacBook.
Things You Should Do Immediately When Faced with Liquid/Water Damaged MacBooks
To get started, tick-mark the three important things that you should do immediately when trying to salvage a water damaged MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or for that matter any MacBook model.
Unplug All the Peripherals Connected to Your MacBook
The first thing you should do to safeguard your MacBook against water damage is to unplug the power adapter, if that is connected. Be extra cautious while doing this; preferably put on rubber gloves and rubber footwear. Electricity and water aren’t the best of friends!
Besides, unplug all the dongles/peripherals like the mouse, scanner or printer connected to the device. It is done to prevent damage from spreading to crucial components including circuit boards, connectors, and battery.
- If you have older MacBook models like 2009 MacBook Pro 15”, you can remove its battery. While the process of removing the battery on older Mac notebooks may seem straightforward, it must be done with care. So, do not fail to take the help of experts, if you need assistance.
- Do note that the newer MacBook like 2015 MacBook Pro 15″ have batteries that are glued into the framework. Therefore, you can’t remove the batteries on the newer models of the Mac notebooks yourself.
Shut Down the MacBook and Leave It for a minimum of 48 hours
Another thing you should do without any delay is to shut down the MacBook (if it’s not already turned off) and leave it for at least 48 hours. Yes, it’s strictly recommended by experts, so make sure not to try to turn on the device before it has clocked the recommended time.
Just in case your MacBook is not responding, press and hold the power button until the notebook shuts down.
Place Your MacBook (Non-Retina Model) into a Tent Position to Drain the Water
After shutting down the MacBook, flip your notebook into a tent position to drain the water. But wait a minute, before flipping your laptop into the tent position!
Bear in mind that the tent method works only on the pre-2018 MacBook Air or a Pre-2013 MacBook Pro with a non-retina screen. These notebooks feature watertight screens thanks to the front aluminium frame ( available on the MacBook Air ) or a front protective glass ( available on MacBook Pro with a non-retina screen). Therefore, they are equipped to prevent water from entering inside.
Due to the lack of protective glass and aluminum frame, the retina screens on the newer MacBook models aren’t water-resistant. So, do not place your MacBooks with Retina display into tent position as it will help water sneak inside – causing damage to the screen.
To help the MacBook models with Retina display drain water safely, keep them into a 90 degree position against a table edge very carefully and let it dry out.
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Things You Shouldn’t Do When Dealing with Liquid/Water Damaged MacBook
There are three important things you must not do when faced with a liquid-damaged MacBook.
Don’t Try to Dry your MacBook Using a Hairdryer
Using a hairdryer to dry a wet MacBook is an absolute no-no. So, you must avoid doing it as it can cause more damage to the device, helping liquid to sneak into the innards.
Don’t Shake the Wet MacBook
Shaking a wet MacBook is blunder as it will enable water to get into even those parts where it wouldn’t go normally. Hence, make sure not to shake it.
Don’t Try to Turn on the Device
Another important thing worth keeping in mind is to avoid turning the device on as it can further jeopardize the components like circuit boards and battery.
What About Using Rice to Dry the MacBook?
This guide would be incomplete without the mention of the rice trick. According to this popular legend, users can put a wet MacBook in a bagful of rice to dry it out.While this old-fashioned trick might partially work on a liquid damaged iPhone, chances of it working on a MacBook is quite slim. So, we wouldn’t suggest you try it.
Do note that the rice or its tiny particles may get inside the ports of the notebook, which could cause additional damage. Therefore, avoid doing it.
Contact a Trusted MacBook Repair Center, If Basic Tricks Don’t Work
If none of the above-mentioned tips has worked for you, chances are pretty high that the water has damaged the hardware. In such a situation, the affected parts need to be replaced or fixed.
We recommend you to contact a reliable MacBook repair centre. With several years of experience and a solid team of supertechies, Rapid Repair is a noted MacBook repair centre. Driven to provide the best repair at the comparatively cost-effective pricing, we excel in fixing complex issues. Contact us to help you fix your water damaged MacBook fast.