Macbook Air 13" Won't Power on after Spill

I have a MacBook Air 13” Late 2013 that had a good amount of water spilled over the keyboard.  Immediately when the spill occurred the system was shut down and flipped over.  I've removed the back plate, battery and hard drive (PCI) and was unable to see any sign of water trails.  After checking these items I pressed the power button but the computer doesn't power on.  

I have removed the battery and attempted power on also to no avail.

My immediate thought is logic board but looking for help here first.  Thanks in advance.
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1namylnAsked:
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lruiz52Commented:
Try resetting the smc,

Follow the steps found in the link below.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201295
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If the above post does not work, the water has likely shorted out components. In this case, the computer may not be economically worth fixing. It does not take much water to create a short path on a board or other component.
1namylnAuthor Commented:
Performed the SMC reset to no avail.  The LED on the power adapter did change though indicating the SMC reset was completed. No sounds and/or video.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The water has shorted something out. Check Apple for a repair price and make a decision from there.
1namylnAuthor Commented:
Prefer to begin replacing parts and see what happens.  Guess I will start with the keyboard...
1namylnAuthor Commented:
The led on the adapter has changed from orange to green. Safe to assume the charging system is working properly.
Harper McDonaldCommented:
Put it in rice for a couple of days ;)
1namylnAuthor Commented:
4 days have passed since the spill.
Harper McDonaldCommented:
I was kidding LOL
serialbandCommented:
It's likely that you've shorted sections of the keyboard contacts so that your SMC reset or PRAM reset keys no longer work.  The keyboard actually has a plastic backing that diverts a lot of water too.  Unfortunately, that traps the water between the contacts and prevents the keyboard from working properly after a spill.  Plug in a USB keyboard, once you've thoroughly dried out the computer and try the SMC reset again.

If it doesn't work, then you still can save the data from the disk with USB adapters.
http://www.amazon.com/Converter-Macbook-A1465-A1466-Adapter/dp/B00KHKZRD8
http://www.amazon.com/Micro-SATA-Cables-MacBook-External/dp/B009BA14BO
You can also use an enclosure and save it as an external USB SSD drive.
http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MAU3ENVOY11/


There are chemical electronic cleaner sprays you can use to clean off circuit boards.  You should have left it off until you got one to displace any water that you couldn't see, as well as any mineral deposits that the water will have been left behind.  http://www.amazon.com/CRC-05101-QD-Electronic-Cleaner/dp/B000CCMLD0  There are larger sizes too.  Even if you can't see the water, there's likely some there.  You shouldn't turn it on until you're pretty darn sure it's completely dry.

You can "toast" the circuit board in an oven to dry it out faster under low heat, 150-200 Fahrenheit or 65-93 Celsius, for 10 minutes.  Make sure there aren't any tapes or plastics on the board when you do this.  Be sure to keep it below 200 Fahrenheit  or 93 Celsius or you risk the solder melting and the chips falling off the board.  Let the board cool down before you start it up.

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1namylnAuthor Commented:
Keyboard should be in tomorrow.  I've already purchased the USB adapter, thank you though.  I ordered the cleaner just now.  Fingers crossed!
1namylnAuthor Commented:
Should have pulled the logic board before ordering any parts.  Getting in a hurry has cost me.  Looks like the water most definitely made it to the logic board.  Only a slight bit but never the less there.  Wonder if this could be fixed with the chemical cleaner mentioned by serialband?
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serialbandCommented:
I would use the chemical spray after you've manually dried it out first with some towels.  You may have blown your motherboard already.  Those pictures don't bode well.  You must always take the entire unit apart after a spill.
1namylnAuthor Commented:
Certainly.  The machine was brought in for repair 2 days after the spill occurred.  I wasn't the spiller.
1namylnAuthor Commented:
Replaced the base which included track pad, keyboard, etc, cleaned the logic board with electronics cleaner, plugged it in and no sound or video. Fan begins to run. If I hold the power button down the fan stops running. If I press again the fan starts again. Same thing happens with or without battery. Also tried smc reset. Led on adapter changes indicating something but thats it.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
As I noted much earlier, the water shorted something out. You need to determine whether it is worth repairing or whether it is more economical to replace it.
serialbandCommented:
Was that residue, seen in the images, cleaned off the logic board?
1namylnAuthor Commented:
Almost completely gone.  Some could still be faintly seen.  What could/should I agitate the residue with while cleaning?  I just used the force of the spray.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If the water shorted and then wrecked components, cleaning the board is not likely to help.
1namylnAuthor Commented:
^^ I order two adapters before your adapter recommendation.  The second I ordered I thought was the exact same as the one you recommended but it still will not fit this SSD.  Can you say if the adapter you recommended will fit the SSD pictured?

First purchased won't work  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TFANEC2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Second purchased won't work  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TFANFOE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
Won't hurt either John.  If the board is faulty then I won't replace it.  Prefer to exhaust all economical efforts first though.
serialbandCommented:
You could carefully scrub those stains out with a damp, not wet, cloth or sponge, then use the spray cleaner again.  You could also spray the cleaner, then wipe it while it's still "wet".  I don't think it was just water, or it was very heavily mineralized water.  Water generally doesn't discolor a motherboard like that.

A "short" circuit happens when something connects between two other circuits.  At these low voltages, it may not have created an "open" (disconnected) circuit in one of the chips.  You may possibly salvage it by removing the short, such as cleaning those deposits off those sections in your pictures..  There's no guarantees since, sometimes, the short happens at voltage sensitive circuitry and even the slightest amount extra power would destroy it.

At high voltages, the "short" will most likely create an open circuit by overloading the current handling capacity of the internal wiring.  If your spill was at the power input section, you may be out of luck.
1namylnAuthor Commented:
Thanks again.  Can you address the adapter needed to access the files from the SSD?
serialbandCommented:
What didn't work with them?  Did they not fit?  Did the SSD not read?

From the looks of the Descriptions of your adapters, they're tied to specific models from 2011 and 2012.  It seems that Apple changes configurations every few years.  You may have to look for a newer version.
1namylnAuthor Commented:
Did not fit.
1namylnAuthor Commented:
Didnt have ant luck finding one to fit 2013 model.
1namylnAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the help.  Still need an adapter that will work with the SSD...
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Did the accepted answer get your laptop running?  I thought it still did not run and several said water would short it out.
1namylnAuthor Commented:
Accepted answer was the most helpful IMO.  Laptop will need a logic board.  Haven't decided if I'll repair yet.
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