How much does it cost to repair water damage in a phone?

Repairing a liquid damaged phone

Spilt coffee on your laptop? Or maybe you’ve dropped your phone in water? Many people fear what water damage can do to our electronic devices, but all hope is not lost.

On many occasions, it’s possible to repair devices with water damage by replacing the affected parts.

Fortunately, many new phones have a level of water resistance, some can even detect water damage and alert you, if they’re still operating. However, this doesn’t mean they’re immune to water damage.

What to do after dropping a phone in water

The first step is an obvious one: take your phone out of water as soon as possible. The longer a phone is in water the more damage is likely to occur.

Next, gently pat the phone dry as much as possible. That’s because excessive pressure and movement can move water around inside the phone, increasing potential damage.

We recommend drying the phone naturally, as artificial heat and even direct sunlight over time can cause other damage.

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How long should I wait to turn on my phone after it got wet?

Phone being repaired by mobile phone technician

While it may be tempting to check if your phone is operating immediately after water exposure, it’s better to prioritise drying it.

Using your phone with water inside can damage the circuit boards, as electricity and water obviously don’t mix well.

Therefore, it’s also important to not charge your phone soon after exposure to water.

How long will a phone last after water damage?

The problem is that water damage isn’t always immediately obvious; water can sit inside a phone and corrode parts overnight, or over days.

A phone can work for days, even weeks, before the damage stops your phone working.

The good news is that even if your phone does stop working weeks after water exposure, it is still possible to repair it.

Man Holding Samsung Phone

How long after water damage does rice work?

Man Holding Samsung Phone

Putting a phone in rice to draw water out is a common ‘solution’ found across the internet.

While it is true that rice absorbs moisture, it cannot absorb the water from a phone fast enough to prevent water damage.

So, it has minimal impact, if any at all, on water that has made its way inside your device.

Can a phone be fixed after water damage?

Even though a phone’s surface may be completely dry, much of the water damage occurs inside it.

Remember that although your phone may be working fine after a pat dry, water damage could still be occurring inside the phone while you’re using it.

The best way to prevent long term water damage to your phone is to take it apart and check inside. Many phones aren’t designed to be pulled apart easily, which is why we recommend seeing professionals like the team at PC Pitstop.

Our trained technicians can safely disassemble your phone and identity and replace damaged components.

Man Holding Samsung Phone

How much does it cost to fix a water damaged phone?

Man Holding Samsung Phone

It’s difficult to assess the cost of fixing a water damaged phone without seeing what internal components are damaged and require replacing.

Additionally, the cost of replacement parts varies between devices and models.

The type of water can also make a difference. For example, salt water is more corrosive and does more damage to your phone in a shorter amount of time. This means more parts will need replacing, which increases the cost to fix your phone.

Who do you call for water damage?

Take it to the team at PC Pitstop and we can make sure there isn’t residual water in your device.

The sooner we can check this, the better the outcome and the faster we can restore your phone to a working condition again.

If you can’t come in right away, contact us for prompt, no-obligation advice.

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If you’d like to talk first, just contact us or give us a call on 02 6584 1551.

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Written by Ben Waters

Ben WatersOver 25 years helping build small businesses that work. Investor/Adventurer. Electronic Engineer and tech enthusiast.

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