Liquid Spilled on Laptop Keyboard

water logged laptop computer

How to Recover From a Liquid Spill

Have you or someone you know ever spilled liquid on the keyboard of a laptop? The first thing that you want to do is immediately power it off and remove the laptop battery. Plugging it in and turning it on before the liquid has a chance to thoroughly dry could make things potentially much worse.

Drain all the liquid out immediately by opening and flipping it upside-down on a towel. Let it sit for a minimum of 48 hours to dry out before turning it on. If you turn the laptop on before it has a chance to dry completely, you stand the chance of damaging the motherboard. Beverage with sugar is worst because sugar makes the keyboard keys sticky after the beverage dries.
Unfortunately, you can pretty much consider your manufacture warranty voided at this point in getting this issue fixed. Some credit card companies offer warranties for products, so if you paid by credit card, call your bank and see what they cover. Renters /property insurance may also cover such damages.Even though the warranty is still good, the manufacturer will usually charge to replace repair your laptop.
damaged laptop motherboard component
Corrosion on the board is usually the first sign of spill damage. Most computer repair services look specifically for spill evidence especially on dead machines and are very good at finding spill damage once the machine taken apart. If your machine arrives damaged to the point that it powered itself off and won’t come back on, they find it and call you to let you know and will often send pictures of the damage.
If your laptop isn’t under warranty, Google a “trusted” laptop repair service in your area and have them give you a free repair quote. At this point you can decide whether to have the damaged laptop repaired or buy a new one to replace it.

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