Spilled water on computer!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mecolema, May 22, 2013.

  1. mecolema, May 22, 2013
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    mecolema macrumors member

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    Yesterday, I spilled water on my brand new Macbook Pro. I gave it 24 hours to dry, and followed all the usual instructions, and it seems to be working okay. HOWEVER, the battery will not charge. The orange light doesn't even appear on the adapter.

    What is the best solution for this? Should I just take it to Apple (given my warranty is voided)? Should I send it to some third-party company?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    We will not help you to defraud Apple and MBPs also contain liquid sensors, thus they will see the liquid damage anyway.

    If your Mac does not charge the battery, you can bring it to Apple and let them analyse the problem, and then either pay for their repair options or do the task yourself.
     
  3. andymac2210 macrumors regular

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    There's water sensors inside that'll tell them it's been in contact with liquid, even if it is totally dry (which it won't be after 24 hours).

    Basically, you're screwed.
     
  4. duervo macrumors 68000

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    They will know, even if you lie to them. The evidence of liquid damage is pretty clear once they open the system up and take a look, especially if there's enough damage to stop the system from charging. That's indicative of a short of some type due to the liquid.

    When they realize that you lied to them, it will only make things worse, and any chance that you may have had that they would take pity on you will be right out the window at that point.

    Also, 24 hours is not nearly enough time for it to dry.

    Tell the truth, and then cross your fingers and hope they'll fix it one time for free, but be prepared to pay out the wazoo to get it fixed.
     
  5. mecolema thread starter macrumors member

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    Will it help to leave it drying for a few more days? Or is there no point now that I've turned it on?
     
  6. duervo macrumors 68000

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    Turning it off won't do it alone. You'd also have to disconnect the battery.

    That will lower the risk of anymore damage being done, but not completely prevent it, and won't undo any damage already done.
     
  7. Badrottie Suspended

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    Ouch…I hope your new computr get fixed somehow…I hate to see so many bad news about liquid spilled on new rMBP and MBP everyday. I hope it will not happen to my rMBP because I don't plan to drink near my rMBP! :apple:
     
  8. fskywalker macrumors 65816

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    Do you have home insurance coverage? That may help. Agree with others you best bet is to tell the truth.
     
  9. negativzero macrumors 6502

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    Just tell the truth.
    I've had "sympathy repairs" done on my Macs a few times now all because I didn't ******** my way out of it.
     
  10. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    Call apple and tell them the truth. you spilled water on your mac by mistake, it still works, but now the battery doesn't charge. tell them you'll buy applecare+ in return of them fixing it.

    Apple has awesome customer support.



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    That voids your warranty just so you know. The only replaceable parts are the RAM and HDD for classic MBP. Retina has no replaceable parts.

     
  11. duervo macrumors 68000

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    In the case of water being spilled onto the system, the warranty is already void. Can't get much more "voided" than it already is, even if what you say is true.
     
  12. mecolema thread starter macrumors member

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    UPDATE:

    So I went to the Apple store today, and they wouldn't even look at my computer! They told me they would have to send it away, at a cost of $750, regardless of what was wrong with it.

    I have no idea what to do at this point. Any third-party recommendations? Honestly, I was just hoping Apple would open up the computer and diagnose it, but they didn't even do that... :(
     
  13. SMDBill macrumors 6502

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    For $750 just to diagnose? I'd have to tell them to pound sand. Perhaps Best Buy or a local computer store? Hard to say if any of them have any Mac experience or if they're any good at it. There are also authorized Apple repair locations and you can search online for the one nearest you. Maybe they can diagnose with no guarantee of success since it was water intrusion, but the cost should be something reasonable and related to the time needed to diagnose/troubleshoot, not some made-up ridiculous minimum amount like they quoted you.

    If that $750 is your only option, go buy a refurbished cMPB or get a MBA refurbished and chalk it up to a terrible learning experience.
     
  14. duervo macrumors 68000

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    It sounds to me like you believe that it's possible that it can be a quick $10 fix to get your system working again. I seriously doubt it will be that cheap.

    There is an hourly labor charge (usually minimum of 1hr, and lots of places increment in chunks of 30 min), as well as the cost of parts to consider with this. IMO, a flat rate fee of $750 to fix, which includes diagnosis and repair to like-new condition, is not a bad deal at all, and is still a lot cheaper than having to buy a new laptop.

    That fee includes repair, "regardless of what's wrong with it." Considering it's a liquid spill, with enough liquid involved to cause some sort of electrical short, they're probably looking at having the logic board replaced, plus more. $750 to get that done is not unreasonable, and the system will come back like new, with warranty intact.
     
  15. fskywalker macrumors 65816

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    A flat rate of $750 does not sound that bad, someone comment about a website called liquid spill or something like that, so there may be other options too.
     
  16. mecolema thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, LiquidSpill charges $480 and includes a 1-year warranty; Mac Genuises Repair charges $299 plus parts (they say usually $400 total).
     
  17. mecolema thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay, final question. (Thanks for your help, everyone!)

    Should I go with LiquidSpill and pay $480, or should I get it diagnosed locally in the hope that it won't be the logic board? The advantage of LiquidSpill is that they give a new 1-year warranty.
     
  18. duervo macrumors 68000

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    Given those two choices, I would go with LiquidSpill.
     
  19. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    Ya but Apple is more likely to help you if you just call them instead of tinkering further.



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    Meh try calling apple. It really depends on who you get.

     
  20. tmd3434 macrumors newbie

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    I, unlike others I don't think your trying to pull a fast one, but the warranty is Void, however if you have home owners or renters insurance it usually covers stuff like this. I actually have extra computer insurance just because of the price of all my apple computers.
     

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