Mac liquid damage. Updated 2023
I spilled liquid on my Mac what should I do?
While we all know it is best not to have liquids near an electronic item, everyone has been guilty of having a cup of tea while reading emails at some stage.
Unfortunately, accidents happen and this is one of those unhappy occasions where your beverage makes it onto your precious, and expensive, Mac.
Steps to follow with Mac liquid damage:
The very first thing you should be doing is switching your Mac off, using the forced shutdown option if necessary. Do not try to save the document you were working on or back up your data – hopefully, this is something you do regularly.
Secondly, unplug your machine from any power source. You can use towels or serviettes to address liquid but do not attempt to open the Mac.
Lastly, take it to a Mac expert who can potentially rescue you from a very expensive accident.
What not to do with Mac liquid damage:
– Do not switch your Mac on to see if it works as even if it works now corrosion will eventually cause it to fail. Corrosion does not happen overnight but you can be sure that the process will start the minute liquid hits your Mac. That is one of the reasons why you need to shut down your Mac right away.
– Submerge your Mac in rice. Submerging your Mac in a pool of rice will not get rid of any liquid inside the machine. At best it may assist with drying out the visible signs of water damage but it cannot reach the innermost components which means you will definitely have rust, it may even play a role in clogging up aux jacks and charge ports.
– Use a hairdryer to get rid of some of the moisture. Using a hairdryer even on a low setting could damage delicate internal components without you realizing it.
Unless you are an experienced Apple technician we would not advise taking matters into your own hands to get rid of rust on your liquid-damaged Mac. Firstly opening your Mac and working with components you aren’t trained in handling is a very risky move and can result in even further damage.