Monitors and TVs

How to Get Water Out of an LED Screen

Getting water out of an LED screen is a delicate process but fast action can massively increase your chances of saving it.

Act Fast But Safely

Disconnect Power: Immediately unplug the LED screen or laptop from the power source. Electricity and water make a dangerous combination.

Remove Excess Water: Slowly tilt the screen to help the water run out. Use a soft and absorbent cloth like microfiber to blot away any standing water by dabbing rather than wiping.

Drying Techniques

Airflow is Key: Place the screen in a properly ventilated area where air can circulate. Putting it face down might help but make sure the surface is soft and clean so that the LED screen doesn’t get scratches.

Fans to the Rescue: Set up one or two fans to blow across the screen on a low setting. Avoid blasting it directly because this could force water deeper inside.

Avoid Rice (It’s a Myth): Rice won’t help pull moisture out of the screen effectively and tiny grains could get stuck inside causing more trouble.

Silica Gel Packets: Place silica gel packets (the ones found in new shoes or vitamin bottles) next to the screen to help absorb moisture.

Have a Little Patience

The Rubicon has already been crossed. The best time to not have to fix this was before water was spilled on the LED screen. Now that already happened so you’ll just have to wait at least 24 to 48 hours before trying to power on the screen. It’s better to be on the side of caution and wait. By plugging it in too early the circuits inside could be shorting because there was still water there.

If the water intrusion was severe and you think you can still save the screen you will need to take it apart because corrosion will happen inside the screen if you let the water sit there. Only do this if you know what you’re doing otherwise go to a repair shop.

Important Things

Screen Type Matters: The process is the same for LED TVs, monitors and laptop screens. However disassembly is more complicated with laptops and will probably void your warranty.

No Hairdryers or Direct Heat: Intense heat will damage your delicate screen components and melt some of the glue that is holding some of the internal pieces together. It’s probably not a good idea.

Prevention Is Better…

– Always watch out for drinks around your tech including your LED screen.

– Invest in a waterproof laptop sleeve or LED enclosure and screen protector for some peace of mind especially if you have pets and kids.

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