We’ve all experienced the anxiety that comes with spilling water on a laptop. I’m so clumsy that I’m hoping it’s just water and not some sort of sticky liquid. If the spill is not too severe, the water will only affect your speakers and not other critical components. I’m assuming you’ve had the misfortune of spilling water on your laptop, and you’ve come here to find out how to repair the speakers on your computer.
Your laptop is essential to the operation of your company, but it is possible that you will spill something on it accidentally. However, even though liquid and electronics are a bad combination, all is not lost if you maintain your composure and take quick action. Depending on the type and amount of liquid that has been spilled, you may be able to dry out your computer and return to work without experiencing too much downtime or computer damage.
Minimize the Damage
As soon as the liquid splashes onto your keyboard, turn off your laptop and put it somewhere safe. Time is of the essence, and the longer your laptop is powered on — the longer the liquid seeps into the circuitry — the greater the risk of further damage. Don’t bother saving progress or closing files; just shut down as soon as possible. Remove the battery from your machine by pulling the adapter cord from the back of the machine. When it comes to wet laptops, the worst scenario is when the computer is still running and receiving electricity.
Soak and Drain
To clean the surface of your laptop’s keyboard after it has been powered down, use a paper towel or cloth to blot away any excess liquid. Turn the laptop upside down so that it forms an inverted “V” shape in order to drain the liquid that has seeped into the computer. Allow it to sit like this until you are confident that the majority of the liquid has been drained. If it was just plain water that was spilled, leave the laptop open overnight to allow any remaining droplets to dry in the machine’s internal reservoir. Do not attempt to turn on the machine until you are certain that it is completely dry.
Disassemble and Clean
The sticky residue left on your laptop after a sugary liquid spilled on it (such as soda, juice, or coffee with sugar) has dried will be visible once the liquid is removed from the surface. It is possible that this will cause your keys to stick in the best-case scenario; in the worst-case scenario, it will cause your internal components to overheat and fail. If you’re comfortable disassembling your laptop, you can clean up the sticky mess with some cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol on your own time. It takes time, and one errant static shock could cause a component to fail while you’re working, so only attempt this if you’re confident in your ability to do so. Alternatively, you could seek the assistance of a repair technician.
Watch for Issues
After your laptop has been thoroughly cleaned and dried, reinstall the battery and reconnect the power cord to complete the process. Turn on the computer and keep an eye out for any strange functionality issues. It’s possible that the liquid caused damage before you realized what was happening, and you may have to visit a repair shop regardless. Make a note of any unusual behavior, such as video problems or new error codes, and give them to the repair technician to look into it further.