Macbook Pro Water Damage

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  • Macbook Pro Water Damage
  • Hi all anyone have experience of water damage on a Macbook Pro my wife recently had water spill on laptop in her handbag. I have tried to dry as much as possible left upside down and have not turned on for 24hrs+. Looking on the internet it seems quite hard to find out about repair costs or is just a punt and may not work after parts being changed.

    Is it best to just scrap and purchase new one or try one of these repair company’s and hope for the best, I have done this before with a hard drive and was just £200 down the drain.

    Appreciate the support

    Premier Icon Alphabet
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    I’d take it to an Apple shop. I’m guessing the best chance would be to open it up and make sure all components are dry before switching it on?

    Thanks Alpha I am not very technical so would not try to open myself, I was trying to avoid apple store as they are so expensive when you dont have applecare. I may try just a regular IT repair shop to open and check prior to switching back on. Thanks for your advice.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Yes, I contacted my insurance company they arranged repair, I sent it off and it came back a week later.

    disco_stu
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    I would let it dry out for a few days longer, put it somewhere warm if you can.

    Thanks All – Drac I would not use house insurance for items like this – Stu would the cupboard with heating cylinder be ok or too warm?

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Why? They’re very expensive it cost me nothing and didn’t effect any future insurance quotes as it was classed as a small claim. It’s why I have insurance.

    Premier Icon bruneep
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    I would not use house insurance for items like this

    as a matter of interest why not?

    Premier Icon Kuco
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    I spilt cooffee on an old macbook. Worked fine for a week then things started to gradually go wrong to the point it failed to boot up. If you need a new logic board then thats very expensive. As been mentioned house inusrance.

    bruneep

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    I would not use house insurance for items like this

    as a matter of interest why not?

    Just so I dont increase my premiums although I dont know the exact formulas used to calculate, my thinking is that It would most probably increase for the next few years.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Just so I dont increase my premiums although I dont know the exact formulas used to calculate, my thinking is that It would most probably increase for the next few years.

    Mine stayed the same.

    In that case will look at home insurance if it has no impact although I presume hard to tell until August renewal. Although unrelated my wife’s car insurance renewal was actually lower than previous year which I can honestly say in all my years of buying insurance that has never happened. Thanks for the advice.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Even when I switched insurers a few years later and added the claim to my quote it made no difference.

    andrewreay
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    Just so I dont increase my premiums although I dont know the exact formulas used to calculate, my thinking is that It would most probably increase for the next few years.

    Even if the premiums did increase (and they may not, especially if you’ve no recent claims), that cost is likely to be less than the cost of repair / replacement.

    At worst, it will help spread the cost (via raised premiums) over a few years.

    Get stuck in!

    Premier Icon Pierre
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    On the other hand, the guides at iFixit for taking apart and replacing parts are _excellent_, often including videos.

    I knocked a glass of water across my MacBook Pro’s keyboard (🙄) and instantly turned it upsude down (and winced as the water dripped out of it), held the power button down for 5 seconds to power it down, unplugged it and then took the screws off the back while I looked up the iFixit guide on my phone for how to dismantle it.

    It took a couple of nervous hours but I got to the point where I’d removed the logic board and carefully dried it, and dried all the nooks and crannies. I left the whole lot in the airing cupboard overnight and put it back together the next day (again this is where having a guide with photos and screw sizes is really useful!) – and it worked! It’s still going strong.

    Obviously your wife’s may be different, especially if it had been marinading for a while, but if you’re practically minded it may be worth a try…

    Rockhopper
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    Does it have a removable battery? If not even though its powered down there will still be a certain amount of current flowing around various circuits.

    Hi rock not a removable battery unfortunately, I will get machine opened up tomorrow and local IT shop and go from there if needed to be repaired I may go the insurance route unless cheap to resolve.

    chomp
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    how long is it out of warranty?

    I’d definately take it to apple prior to an unauthorised repair place. Worst case they tell you they can’t do anthing with it, and you proceed with the repair shop.

    I’ve taken items out of warranty to apple stores a couple of times and got things fixed for free.

    good luck

    Update

    Hi All wife got a quote from apple store today who have advised minimum would be £390+vat and maximum £690+vat. As they will not know whats required until logic board changed, Insurance claim will take about 14 days in total. We have left laptop with local specialist to see if they can repair cheaply we will go with them if not we will have to purchase new as cant wait 14 days.

    Thanks all for your advice, appreciate the support.

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    Good news is that plain water won’t do gradual damage to much circuitry inside.

    Spill cola, tea or whatever inside and it will just eat components away in time.

    I used to repair tv/ videos (lol) back in the day and spillage of drinks was pretty common.

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    my wife’s car insurance renewal was actually lower than previous year which I can honestly say in all my years of buying insurance that has never happened.

    Never, ever take automatic insurance renewal. Always get new quotes even if staying with the same insurer, it’s always cheaper. Go meerkats.

    I see what you mean cougar but we was really happy with quote and have never had insurance so cheap, the while process of getting quotes is so time consuming.

    johndoh
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    I tend to agree with you SS20 – our renewal is £40 cheaper than last year and I know I will benefit from the same cover without interruption and without the hassle of getting competitive prices, comparing cover (including additional cover for jewellery and bikes) and checking reviews of the new insurer to check I would receive decent treatment in the event of a claim.

    Premier Icon Pierre
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    Never, ever take automatic insurance renewal. Always get new quotes even if staying with the same insurer, it’s always cheaper. Go meerkats.

    I’m with Direct Line – I hunted around and couldn’t find any quote within £30 of our automatic renewal quote from them. I was sort-of tempted to phone them up and ask if they could improve the price further, but I felt like that might be tempting fate and they’d spot some oversight and put the quote up to around where the cheapest of the others were!

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    the while process of getting quotes is so time consuming.

    Takes like a minute on the meerkat. You just have to do Direct Line separately as they’re not on comparison sites.

    I’m with Direct Line – I hunted around and couldn’t find any quote within £30 of our automatic renewal quote from them. I was sort-of tempted to phone them up and ask if they could improve the price further

    You should have done. I was with DL the year before last, after an extra year’s NCB my insurance went UP by like £50. After I stopped laughing I rang them up for a requote and they took a couple of hundred quid off it. They were still like £300 dearer than Tesco though.

    Automatic renewal is probably the single most expensive way of buying car insurance, it’s been that way since I started driving 30 years ago. They rely on customer apathy to rinse you.

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