My HomePod failed as well and showed symptoms of one side being warm. I had the diode replaced but the HomePod is still not working.
I guess all it’s good for now is parts.
Hello, I have repaired six homepods that stopped because of the Diode. Now people are trying to change the Diode without taking care of one thing !!
The fail is because this diode heats up a lot and is melting the thin layer of the pcb protection and grounding with the circuit copper underneath it.
Your board did the same, but when it heats up and grounds, more heat is produced and it gets really stuck on the board.
A couple of videos on the net shows repairs desoldering the diode with a heat gun, BIG MISTAKE in my opinion
If you look at the picture closely, between this diode and the IC above it in the picture, there is a tiny tiny capacitor.
90% of the people trying to desolder the diode with a heatgun, desolder this tiny capacitor and do not see it removed.
It is the size of the dot on your keyboard keys
without this capacitor, the homepod won't turn on, or when you plug it and tap rapidally on the touch pad, the circle lights for a fraction of a second, ONCE
If the homepod shows + and - lights flashing from time to time, and doesn't reset, means that the motherboard EPROM was not updated fully, and the startup program was interrupted when it was updating.
It is like when updating a BIOS , and you pulled the plug in the middle of the programing.
The motherboard program must be re-written, and I presume it could only be done at factory, or someone could pump it from a good motherboard with proper material, and re-write the program on the bad one
tiny capacitor at the tip of the red arrow in picture