Melted keys on my MacBook Air...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by aaron5566, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. aaron5566 macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2012
    I accidentally spilled a drop of water on the top of the track pad so I decided to dry the water out with the hair dryer and didn't notice I was blowing the keys. Now the space bar, command and alt key on the right is deformed... Does the normal Apple Warranty cover a keyboard replacement? Everything is working fine. Trackpad is fine so are the deformed keys. It just deeply bothers me. If it doesn't cover this, how much would it cost to replace the 3 keys?
  2. pommie82 macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2011
    This is accidentally damage apple wouldn't replace the items for free best thing you can do book a appointment with apple genius and say how much would this cost me to get fixed and they should be able to give you a price there and then or make phone call and find out for you.
  3. aaron5566 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2012
    Do you think it will cost alot? I just want to replace those 3 keys. My parents are going to kill me. :(
  4. wditters macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2012
  5. aaron5566 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2012
  6. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    You could try making a genius bar appointment and see what they say. Just don't tell them a hairdryer was the cause. Just say after your computer had been on all night you woke up to see the keys like that (or something along those lines). Also, you should post a picture or two of the melted keys.
  7. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    Just order the replacement keys - they are not expensive. BTW - why would you use a hairdryer on a drop of water?
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    it really isnt...
  9. 0x000000 macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2011
    If you're unlucky they want to exchange the whole topcase which should cost you something around 200 bucks, plus labor, another 150. I'd be surprised if you pay less than 300, considering how much work it is to replace the keyboard. The topcase is the "deepest" part of your notebook, getting there means taking apart everything. Check iFixIt, it's a pain in the arse.

    But good luck, keep us updated.
  10. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
  11. aaron5566 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2012
    Been meaning to get back to you guys, kept slipping my mind. I brought it to Apple and they did change it with a doubt. They said that this would just be a one time thing. :O I'll post some photos of the melted keys. Take note of the space bar, right command and alt. You can see that the space bar is like wavy and the command and alt is well deformed.

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  12. mehanika Guest

    Mar 7, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I'd say you owe them - What you did was more than stupid.

    Use a towel/cloth/paper next time, and not a device made for drying your hair. Should you ever get the idea, a iron will not do any better....!
  13. coldjeanzzz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    Using a hairdryer to dry out anything related to electronics is probably not a good idea in general. You could have damaged it far beyond just melting the keys.
  14. aaron5566 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2012
    I know that was stupid . Will never do that again to any electronic device. Lesson learnt. I guess I was lucky, everything is fine. Keys are just as sensitive as before.
  15. Jobsian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    Err, the guy was just asking for advice, not to be robotically parented. Christ.

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