Common Issues

MacBook Air

From gray screens and broken microphones to sluggish apps and unexpected shutdowns, CPR knows how to fix a multitude of MacBook Air problems. Macbook Air issues are the last thing you want to deal with when booting up your laptop to write a paper, browse the internet, or watch your favorite television shows, so the experts at CPR have taken the time to outline step-by-step MacBook Air repair instructions. If your MacBook Air has become glitchy or seems to be running slower than usual, utilize our do-it-yourself guides or bring it to your local CPR. Our fast, professional repairs will leave you with one less thing to worry about.
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MacBook Air Battery Replacement

A fast-dying battery is one of the more frustrating issues you can run into with your MacBook Air. Unfortunately, your laptop won’t always hold a charge like the day you bought it. However, if your device can’t make it through a day of work or class without needing a charge, it’s probably time for an upgrade. Keep reading to learn if you should seek a MacBook Air battery replacement!

Can I Replace a MacBook Air Battery Myself?

Unlike the MacBook or MacBook Pro battery (which features a Unibody build), Air batteries are integrated within the device. This means that you can’t simply retract and replace the battery as you would with other devices. That doesn’t mean a DIY repair isn’t possible – but it is more challenging. Plus, if you aren’t familiar with the process, you’re more likely to run into issues. MacBook Air systems are fragile, and if you take a wrong step, you could face even greater damage. We recommend seeking the help of a trained technician to avoid causing any further harm to the device.

How Much Does a MacBook Air Battery Replacement Cost?

You have several options available to you to power up your battery life. Many MacBook users opt for the Apple store directly, but there are more affordable options!

Official Apple Store Cost

Apple offers MacBook users a one-year warranty on their purchase. If eligible, MacBook users can receive a free replacement for a defective battery. Often, users aren’t covered because they fall out of the time frame included in the warranty. Apple’s authorized service providers can provide a replacement. On average, an out-of-warranty MacBook Air battery replacement from Apple costs $129. Many Apple users also opt into the AppleCare+ program, which can help you save on battery replacement costs. However, there are some stipulations to this program, such as limited damage claims and coverage for only two years.

DIY Repair Cost

Amazon, eBay, and other online retailers offer new battery parts and replacement tools for those brave enough to attempt a DIY repair! These vary in cost, but you can find a total replacement kit anywhere between $40-$60. When searching for the best MacBook Air replacement battery kit, make sure you’re doing thorough research into the seller. Shoddy tools and replacement parts can cause damage to your device. It’s tempting to pick the least expensive option, but remember you get what you pay for! Failure to seek proper parts is often why cheap repairs tend to cost more in the long run.

CPR Cell Phone Repair Battery Replacement

The trained technicians at CPR Cell Phone Repair are no strangers to an Apple battery! Whether you have a MacBook Air 11 or MacBook Air 13, our staff can always help out. Partnering with a local CPR store guarantees your laptop is in good hands, so you won’t have to worry about additional repairs down the road. We always offer our prices upfront so that you won’t have any last-minute surprises! With fast turnaround, affordable prices, and knowledgeable technicians, you won’t want to go anywhere else. Contact one of our 850+ stores around the globe to inquire about their MacBook battery replacement costs.

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Performing a MacBook Air Battery Replacement

Have you decided to attempt a DIY battery replacement? CPR Cell Phone Repair is here to help with a step-by-step guide to the repair process! Before you begin, make sure you have the right tools and parts for your specific model. You can identify the exact MacBook you own by finding its serial number here.

Once you have your replacement kit ready, it’s time to begin! Check out the steps listed below to start your MacBook Air battery replacement.


  1. Power off your MacBook Air before beginning. Then, flip the device over so it is lying upside down. Be sure to lay the device flat on a soft surface to avoid any nicks or scratches!
  2. Grab your screwdriver and start to remove the ten small screws that outline the laptop’s back panel. Set the screws aside in a place they won’t be lost or damaged.
  3. Using your fingers, pry the display off from the lower case. Pull upwards without being too forceful.
  4. Once the lower case is removed from the panel, set it to the side in a safe area.
  5. Although you should have powered off your device, you can also disconnect the old battery to ensure the laptop won’t turn on. Attached to the battery connector is a clear plastic pull tab. You’ll want to pull this towards the front edge of the device. Warning: Do not pull upwards, as this could cause damage to the connector socket.
  6. The battery is locked into the upper case by five screws. Grab your screwdriver again to remove them. Set these aside from the back panel screws.
  7. Then, the battery should wedge out of place fairly quickly. Grab the battery on both sides nearest the logic board and carefully pull upwards. Do not squeeze or touch the four inner panels.
  8. Place in your new battery! To reassemble, follow these steps in reverse order.

If you purchased a new MacBook Air battery, you’ll need to calibrate it. This will keep your laptop’s battery in good condition and avoid needing a replacement for as long as possible. To calibrate, let the laptop charge entirely for up to two hours, then unplug and use it as normal until the battery dies. Let your MacBook Air remain off for at least five hours, and then plug it in and charge to full capacity.

DIY repairs are challenging and risky – but they are possible. If you’d rather not take the chance, CPR Cell Phone Repair is more than happy to step in! Our technicians are well-versed in battery replacements, so we can fix any MacBook Air model and have it back to you in as little time as possible. Stop looking for an outlet and start searching for your nearest CPR store! Schedule an appointment with us today to begin your repair.

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MacBook Air Hard Drive Replacement

The Macbook Air is a solid laptop, combining a lightweight design with reliable features. Ever since the new solid state drive (SSD) replaced the original model’s hard drive in 2008, the Air is faster and more durable than ever before. Much like any laptop, however, MacBook Air models are still prone to internal failure. If you think your drive is damaged, don’t fret. We’ll cover everything you need to know about a MacBook Air hard drive replacement, below. 

Do you need a Macbook Air Hard Drive Replacement for Your Laptop?

Laptop hard drives can malfunction or become defective for many reasons. Typically, the odds of needing MacBook Air SSD replacement increase with prolonged laptop use. Look out for these common warning signs pointing to hard drive failure:

  • Persistent, but irregular crashes 
  • Continual cryptic error messages, especially when doing basic tasks, like moving files around
  • Re-arranged, changed, or disappearing folder and file names
  • Long wait times when opening files and folders
  • Excessive overheating

How Much Does a MacBook Air Hard Drive Replacement Cost? 

Just like the MacBook Pro, repair costs for replacing a MacBook Air’s drive can vary quite a bit. Services charges will be based on whether your laptop has a hard drive (HDD) or an SSD, the type of upgrade you want, and your laptop’s model. Newer Air models, no older than the 2018 version, unfortunately, have their drives affixed inside the computer and cannot be individually replaced. Whether you choose to seek assistance from a local Apple Store or a certified professional, such as CPR, is entirely up to you. Just keep in mind that repair costs will likely fluctuate between each provider. You can typically expect charges to range anywhere from $200-$600. 

Ensure the SSD is Unrepairable

Before you take measures to replace your SSD, confirm that the drive is indeed broken and unfix-able. Start by running Disk Utility from Apple. If that doesn’t do the trick, try macOS Recovery. If you’re still left scratching your head, you can test some other repair methods out if you’re tech-savvy and have the time. At this point, however, we suggest turning to a professional or using your Apple device warranty, if it hasn’t expired. If you decide to replace the drive yourself, make sure you’re up for the challenge and follow the steps below. Also, keep in mind that changing internal hardware can void warranties on newer Mac models.

How to Replace a MacBook Air Hard Drive – DIY Guide

Follow CPR’s guided process step-by-step to get your MacBook Air’s drive replaced. 

Step 1: Backup Your Laptop

First, you’ll need to backup your laptop. We recommend using Apple’s Time Machine backup. This makes moving your laptop’s old SSD contents to the new drive much more manageable. However, you can use another backup program if you prefer.

Step 2: Get a Compatible SSD 

It’s essential to have a new and compatible SSD ready for your MacBook. Shop at a place that carries Apple gear and accessories, and make sure to jot down your MacBook make and model. You may also want to consider investing in an upgrade kit with an external drive enclosure for additional storage. 

Step 3: Power-Off Your MacBook Air

Now, you’ll need to power-off your laptop. To proceed, go to the Apple icon at the top left corner of your screen, and scroll down to ‘Shut Down.’ Once you click, you’ll be asked to confirm. Click ‘Shut Down’ once more to initiate. 

Step 4: Remove the Back End of your Laptop

To take off the back piece of your laptop, first, grab a Pentalobe screwdriver and a container to keep the screws in while you work. Then, remove the ten screws from the bottom of your Mac. 

Step 5: Take Out the Battery

Once you get all ten screws out, it’s time to disconnect the battery. Start by taking the bottom piece off slowly so you can get a clear inside view. The battery is located alongside the bottom. To remove, pull upwards on its electrical connector slowly, one edge at a time. 

Step 6: Remove the SSD

After the battery’s disengaged, you’re ready to take out the original SSD. You’ll find it positioned next to the battery. With your screwdriver, loosen the screws to lift the drive, and lightly pull horizontally to separate it from the connector. 

Step 7: Install the New SSD

Next, take your new SSD and slide it into the socket. When its firmly in place, re-attach the anchor screw, re-insert the battery, and attach the bottom panel back on your laptop. 

Step 8: Set Up your MacBook

Finally, you’ll need to re-boot your laptop. Your new SSD will be blank, so it needs to locate an operating system before using it. Depending on your preferences, there are a few techniques you can initiate. The easiest way involves using Apple’s Time Machine backup that we discussed in step one. This will transfer all your saved data to the new SSD. Once you restart your laptop, your macOS Utilities screen should pop up. From here, you’ll want to click, ‘Restore from Time Machine backup, and choose the latest backup. The backup can take up a while, depending on your internet speed and how much data needs to be transferred onto the new drive. 

Let Cell Phone Repair Upgrade your SSD

After the data has been restored to the drive, your laptop should be ready to use. To guarantee your MacBook’s drive is correctly replaced the first go around, consider contacting the experts at CPR Cell Phone Repair. Apart from MacBook Air models, our technicians are certified in fixing multiple Apple devices, ranging from MacBook Pros, iPhones, and iPads. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our repair service options. 

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MacBook Air Keyboard Replacement

Few laptop issues are as inconvenient as a damaged or malfunctioning keyboard. It’s nearly impossible to get through a task when one (or even worse – multiple!) keyboard keys aren’t working properly.

Unfortunately, keyboard complications have been frequent in later MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models. Most of these issues have arisen from Apple’s butterfly keyboard system, which is now discontinued on future products. However, current users are still stuck dealing with keyboard keys that are “sticky,” unintentionally repetitive, or not appearing at all.

If any of the above issues apply to you, it’s probably time for a MacBook Air keyboard replacement. Keep reading to learn about repairs costs, where to find quality service, and other general information. Also, check out our DIY guide to attempt a keyboard repair yourself!

Do I Need a Keyboard Repair or Replacement?

As we mentioned, most MacBook Air keyboard issues are a result of Apple’s butterfly system. Although you may only experience problems with a handful of keycaps now, it’s likely the damage will continue to grow, so a whole keyboard replacement could be in your best interest. However, it is possible to replace a single key, so if only one or very few are giving you trouble, this is certainly an alternative. It’s best to have your laptop professionally examined so you can decide whether it’s worth opting for the total replacement.

MacBook Air Keyboard Replacement Cost

It can be quite expensive – and not to mention, very challenging – to remove an old keyboard and replace it with a new one. When selecting a repair service, you have a handful of options available, so be sure to do your research to determine the best route for you.

Official Apple Store Cost

If you purchased a MacBook Air in recent years, you might qualify for Apple’s Keyboard Service Program, which was created in response to the backlash over their butterfly keyboards. Through this program, eligible devices are covered for a keyboard replacement free of charge. However, only the 13-inch MacBook Air Retina models released in 2018 or 2019 meet the requirements of this service program. Also, your laptop must undergo an examination to verify its eligibility.

DIY Repair Cost

You can find tools and replacement keycaps on Amazon, eBay, and other online retailers for around $20-$30. But, keep in mind the difficulty of performing a DIY keyboard repair. Often, at-home repairs are not handled properly, which can cause even more problems. It’s best to leave this job to the professionals, so you can avoid damaging your MacBook Air even further.

CPR Cell Phone Repair Cost

Many of Apple’s keyboards are not eligible for the keyboard replacement program. In those cases, CPR Cell Phone Repair is the best choice for fixing your MacBook Air. Our team of experts is well-versed in keyboard repairs and has serviced a wide range of Apple models. Your laptop is necessary for school or work, so you can’t afford to be without it for too long. CPR offers fast turnaround times and affordable MacBook keyboard repair service, so you can get back to using your laptop as quickly as possible!

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Repair a MacBook Air Keyboard

If you’re brave enough, you can fix your keyboard at home with the right tools and repair or replacement parts. However, please keep in mind that you must be extremely careful and fully understand the repair process to avoid causing even greater complications. Also, before you begin, you need to know which replacement keys or complete keyboard to purchase. This is dependant on the model you have, which can be identified here. You can find entire replacement kits with tools included, or you can purchase these items separately.


  1. Make sure your MacBook Air is lying facedown.
  2. Remove the ten screws outlining the back panel.
  3. Once all screws are removed, remove the back panel.
  4. Pry the battery connector out of its socket. Then, bend the battery cables back and out of your way.
  5. Using tweezers, pull up the top adhesive to the right speaker enough to remove with fingers. Remove the adhesive strip from under the speaker.
  6. Pry underneath the right speaker cable with a spudger to disconnect the speaker.
  7. Repeat step 6 with the bottom adhesive to the right speaker.
  8. Lifting from the bottom up, remove the right speaker.
  9. Using tweezers, pull up the top adhesive to the left speaker enough to remove with fingers. Remove the adhesive strip from under the speaker.
  10. Pry underneath the left speaker cable with a spudger to disconnect the speaker.
  11. Repeat step 10 with the bottom adhesive to the left speaker.
  12. Lifting from the bottom up, remove the left speaker.
  13. There are three screws securing the audio board cable bracket. Remove screws with a screwdriver, then remove the cable bracket.
  14. Lift up the audio board connecter with a spudger, then remove the audio board.
  15. Lift up the Touch ID sensor connector with a spudger, then disconnect.
  16. Peel the black tape covering the fan cable connector. Lift up the locking flap on the fan cable.
  17. Remove the three screws securing your fan. Lift the fan out of the case.
  18. Remove screws securing the antenna cable bracket. Remove bracket.
  19. Pry under antenna cables near the connector. Then, remove two screws securing the cable connector bracket. Remove the display cable connector bracket.
  20. Pry up the display cable connector. Lift the antenna bar straight up and out of the case. Remove antenna bar.
  21. Remove six screws securing the display hinges to the upper case.
  22. With the MacBook still screen-side down, carefully lift the upper case to open the MacBook as far as possible.
  23. Lift the MacBook and carefully rotate the display to a 90-degree angle with the upper case.
  24. Remove six screws securing the Touch ID sensor and its bracket. Remove the Touch ID bracket.
  25. Turn the MacBook right-side up and open the display. Lift the Touch ID sensor out of its recess and remove it.
  26. Remove two screws securing the USB-C connector bracket. Remove the USB-C connector bracket.
  27. Pry the USB-C cable connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.
  28. Remove two screws securing the USB-C board. Remove the USB-C board.
  29. Remove two screws securing the trackpad connector bracket. Remove the trackpad connector bracket.
  30. Pry the trackpad cable connector up and out of its socket.
  31. Use a spudger to lift up the small locking flap on the soundboard cable’s ZIF connector. Slide the soundboard cable out of the ZIF connector.
  32. Remove six screws securing the logic board.
  33. Carefully slide an opening pick under the trackpad cable to separate the adhesive securing it to the upper case.
  34. Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the small locking flap on the trackpad ZIF connector. Slide the trackpad cable straight out of its connector.
  35. Separate trackpad cable adhesive. Carefully slide an opening pick under the trackpad cable to separate the adhesive securing it to the battery.
  36. Remove the nine screws securing the trackpad
  37. Carefully open the laptop and remove trackpad.
  38. Disconnect the trackpad cable. Use spudger to lift locking flap on trackpad’s connector. Slide cable out of connector.
  39. Remove four screws securing the battery.
  40. Using tweezers, pull up the battery adhesives on both sides enough to remove with your fingers. Remove the adhesive strip from under the speaker.
  41. With an opening pick, slice through adhesive secured to the upper case.
  42. Lift the locking flap on the microphone’s connector. Slide the microphone cable straight out of the ZIF connector.
  43. Separate microphone assembly cable from the adhesive securing it to the upper case.
  44. Use spudger to pry the microphones out of their recess in the upper case. Remove the microphone assembly.
  45. Remove two screws securing the USB-C port brackets. Lift the USB-C port brackets out of their recesses in the upper case and remove them.
  46. Release the display assembly from the upper case.
  47. Follow these steps in reverse to attach your new keyboard assembly to the upper case.

To ensure your MacBook Air keyboard is replaced properly, don’t hesitate to contact your local CPR Cell Phone Repair store. With fast turnaround and affordable pricing, you can get back to using your device as soon as possible!

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MacBook Air Logic Board Replacement

After spending money on a reputable, well-known device, like the MacBook Air, you most likely use it quite a bit. As reliable as this MacBook model is, it’s not free from a common but severe issue, known as logic board failure. If your logic board starts malfunctioning, it can render your laptop unusable. Read CPR’s step-by-step guide explaining how to undertake a MacBook Air logic board replacement yourself. 

Do You Need to Perform MacBook Air Logic Board Replacement? 

A MacBook’s logic board is another word for a motherboard. It sends communication signals between the laptop’s inner electronic components, including the central processing unit and memory. Operating as one of the most critical hardware elements, the logic board is often overworked. Over time, it’s not uncommon for it to eventually need a repair or replacement.

Unfortunately, given the huge workload placed on the logic board, there’s no definite sign pointing to internal failure. It often takes a little bit of research and digging to identify the problem. Typically, most users experience excessive laptop overheating. However, any of these symptoms can signal logic board malfunctioning.

Power Problems and Unanticipated Shutdowns

An Apple MacBook Air failing to power up is a key indicator of a faulty logic board. However, this issue can also point to battery problems. One way to tell the difference between them is to check if it turns on after plugging in your power cord. If plugging it in solves the problem, you probably have a dead battery. If not, it’s more than likely a damaged logic board. 

Graphic and Display Issues 

Faulty graphics and display issues can also result from logic board failure. Even if your laptop’s fan is running, the logic board can still cause the backlight to malfunction, resulting in poorly lit, or a lack of display images. To know what the cause is for sure, try connecting an external monitor to your computer. If the issue persists, your logic board is likely the problem.

Other Issues 

Apart from power and display issues, there are still other common indicators of logic board failure. You may see frequent error messages popping up on-screen, requiring a reboot. Additionally, your laptop’s fan can suddenly stop running, even if you’ve been using it for hours. 

If not working correctly, your logic board may even start producing new and unusual sounds, such as grinding or clicking noises. Still, these signs alone can’t rule out other laptop issues. It’s best to seek out professional help if you’re unsure. 

What Causes a Logic Board to Fail?

As mentioned previously, there are several reasons your MacBook Air’s logic board can break. Manufacturing defects, a weakened solder, and liquid damage are common causes. Still, even something as small as accidentally dropping your laptop or the age of your MacBook Air can lead to logic board failure. 

How Much Does it Cost to Replace a MacBook Air Logic Board?

Logic board replacement costs can vary, depending on which route you choose to take. We strongly advise taking your device to a reputable service provider. While it is possible to complete this procedure yourself, a professional technician can ensure the job gets done thoroughly and promptly. Plus, you won’t need to go through the headache of buying additional tools and equipment yourself.

Apple Store Service Costs

If you bought your laptop in the last couple of years, Apple might cover your MacBook logic board repair service under their warranty. Newer MacBook Air Models, MacBook Pros, iMacs, Mac Pros, and Mac Mini models come with a limited one year warranty and 90 days of complimentary support. Air models under warranty typically require $200-$300 for logic board repairs. Unfortunately, if your laptop is out of warranty, you’ll have to invest a bit more. Expect repair costs to add up to around $500-1,000.

CPR Cell Phone Service Costs

If your laptop isn’t covered under Apple’s warranty, consider choosing Cell Phone Repair as your logic board repair provider. Our technicians are fully trained and only work with only quality replacement parts to fix your device. Plus, our stores offer free repair estimates and limited lifetime warranties on all repairs as an added convenience. 

DIY Costs

If you’re set on repairing your laptop yourself, you won’t have to worry about service charges. However, you will need to purchase all the necessary tools and equipment in advance. DIY logic board replacement costs for a MacBook Air can range anywhere from $150-500, depending on the model of your laptop. If you’re unsure of what model you own, locate your serial number using Apple’s MacBook Air identifier

Your DIY MacBook Air Logic Board Replacement Guide

With the right tools and steps taken, a MacBook Air logic board replacement can be completed at home. Make sure you’re setting aside enough time to complete the project. When you’re ready, gather up a spudger and P5 Pentalobe screwdriver, and follow along using the steps below. 

Double-check that your laptop is unplugged and powered-off before you get started.

  1. Start by grabbing your Pentalobe screwdriver to take out the ten screws located on your laptop’s bottom.
  2. Position your fingers in-between the laptop screen and the lower case. Gently pull upwards to pop off the lower case. After you’ve removed the case, set it to the side. 
  3. We recommend taking out your battery to prevent your laptop from powering on during the remaining steps. 
  4. Take the plastic pull tab positioned on the battery connector and pull it carefully towards the logic board at the front end of your MacBook.
  5. Now, take the flat of a spudger and pry the I/O cable connecter from its socket onto the I/O board.
  6. Gently peel your laptop’s I/O board cable apart from the adhesive that holds it to the top part of the fan. Ensure this cable is in proper position during reassembly. If reversed, your laptop cannot boot up.
  7. As you’re carefully pulling the I/O board cable up towards the logic board, take the flat end of your spudger and pry upwards on the alternating connector ends to remove it from the socket. Then, take out the I/O board cable.
  8. With the tip of your spudger, gently flip the retaining flap up onto the fan cable ZIF socket. Make sure you’re prying on the hinged retaining flap, rather than the socket.
  9. Peel the gasket off from the adhesive located on the top part of the fan.
  10. Next, take out these screws that hold the fan to the upper case.
    • 5.2 millimeter T5 Torx screw
    • 3.3 millimeter T5 Torx screw
    • 4.4 millimeter T5 short head Torx screw
  11. Remove the fan away from the I/O board side. Then, pull and free it from the upper case. Lifting the fan will additionally disconnect the fan ribbon cable, so make sure it doesn’t snag.
  12. Detach the I/O board by removing the power cable away from the socket located on the logic board. Pull so that the cable is parallel to the logic board’s face towards the right corner on the laptop.
  13. Taking the spudger’s flat end, pry the left speaker cable connector out from its socket and onto the I/O board. Make sure you pry underneath the wires, going upwards.
  14. Use the spudger’s tip to gently flip the retaining flap upwards onto the microphone ribbon cable ZIF socket. Check to ensure you’re flipping the flat and not the actual socket. 
  15. Take off the single 4.1 millimeter T5 Torx screw 
  16. Carefully, de-route the I/O board’s camera cable and use the spudger’s tip to push it to the side. 
  17. Now, take the I/O board from the logic board side and free it from the upper case by pulling gently. 
  18. Take out these five screws holding the battery to the upper case: 
    • Three 6.9 millimeter T5 Torx screws
    • Two 3.0 millimeter Torx Screws
  19. Liftoff the battery from the edge closest to the logic board, and remove from the case. 
  20. Now, it’s time to assemble the logic board. Take the plastic pull tab fastened to the display data cable lock, and start to pivot it towards the top side of your MacBook.
  21. Next, take the display data cable connector away from the socket. Make an effort to pull it parallel towards the logic board, and do not lift straight up. 
  22. With the flat end of your spudger, pry the antenna cable connectors out from their sockets and onto the AirPort/Bluetooth card. 
  23. With the spudger’s tip, detach the camera cable connector. Push on each end of the connector separately to gently take it out of the socket. To prevent the logic board from breaking, make sure you don’t pull upwards when you disconnect the cable. 
  24. Using the spudger’s tip or your fingernail, flip the retaining flap upwards on the trackpad ribbon cable ZIF socket. Make sure you’re not prying on the flap, rather than the actual socket. Take the trackpad ribbon cable out from its socket and towards the front side of the laptop.
  25. Using the spudger’s tip again, flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard backlight ribbon cable ZIF socket, and ensure you’re not prying on the socket. With your spudger, lightly pull the keyboard backlight ribbon cable from its socket.
  26. Pry the right speaker cable connector out of the socket with the spudger’s flat end. We recommend prying up from underneath the cables. 
  27. Now, take out the six Torx screws holding the logic board to the upper case. 
  28. Then, take out the inner two T8 Torx screws that secure the left clutch and antenna cable retainer to the upper case.
  29. Slightly advance the antenna cable retainer away, and take out the T5 Torx screw holding the end of the heat sink to the case.
  30. Next, you’ll want to loosen the adhesive on the front end of the laptop. To do so, take the flat end of the spudger and slide it underneath the right speaker. Then, extract the right speaker from the case.
  31. Cautiously transfer the logic board assembly out of the upper case, making sure cables are not getting caught. 
  32. Then, extract the single 2.85 millimeter T5 Torx that’s holding the SSD to the logic board.
  33. Remove the drive from the logic board by pulling it straight out of its socket.
  34. Take out the single 2.9 T5 Torx screw holding the Airport/Bluetooth board to the logic board.
  35. Lightly, raise the free end of the AirPort/Bluetooth board, and remove from its socket on the logic board. Take the AirPort/Bluetooth board out of the logic board. 
  36. Extract the four 2.5 millimeter T5 Torx screws holding the heat sink onto the logic board.
  37. Then, take the heat sink out from the logic board.
  38. Finally, ensure the antenna cables are properly inserted into their corresponding notches on the logic board. 
  39. To reassemble your laptop, refer to these instructions, and follow them in reverse order. 

At CPR, We understand the intricacy involved in logic board replacements. If you need help with a MacBook repair, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our repair shop professionals are fully trained in fixing a variety of Apple products, ranging from MacBooks, iPads, iPhones, and more. To get started, find your local CPR store and book your appointment today!

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MacBook Air Screen Replacement Guide

In early 2008, the MacBook Air was introduced as a sleek, lightweight Apple netbook computer designed to revolutionize computers for generations to come. Once the MacBook Air evolved and improved in 2010, it replaced the MacBook as Apple’s distinct line of consumer laptops. Technology pioneers like the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air run into malfunctions such as; dead pixels and learning to properly protect your MacBook Air, replacement costs and repairing your device on your own are all important.

How to Protect the MacBook Air Screen

The average price for the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air is $1,000 with a lifespan of 3-5 years. To extend the life of your device ensuring it lasts for years, we recommend the following tips to help protect your MacBook Air to avoid replacement & repair services.

  • Moshi’s line of antiglare screen protectors
  • BookBook offers genuine handmade leather cases, reinforced corners, and a cushioned spine to withstand outside impacts.
  • iGlaze cases consist of two ultrathin plastic covers for the top and bottom of your MacBook Air that shields it from dings and scratches.
  • Bodyguardz offers a carbon fiber armor that’s equipped with a PVC-based texturized film that adheres to your MacBook Air and enables your screen to remain scratch-free.

Regularly cleaning and disinfecting your screen will also keep maintenance costs low and ensure your device looks good too. Cleaning solutions by iKlear or Radtech’s OmniCleanz will scrub grime and grit off your MacBook Air’s screen and tight areas on your keyboard. To properly clean your MacBook Air’s screen, please do the following.

  • Completely shut down your device and unplug the power cord along with any other connected devices
  • Whether you use a cleaning solution or water, never spray directly onto the screen, but onto a clean, soft, lint-free cloth, then gently wipe the screen

No matter which protector or cleaning solution you choose, each will ensure you prolong the life of your MacBook Air’s screen.

MacBook Air Display Replacement Cost

Accidents happen, so if you need to replace your MacBook Air’s cracked screen, it’s highly recommended that you turn to expert technicians. However, there are other options, and you should consider finding one that best suits your needs.

Official Apple Service

If your Apple one-year limited warranty has expired, expect to pay a minimum of $700 to repair or change your broken MacBook Air screen. You can always invest in Apple’s Protection Plan for your MacBook Air that costs $249.00.

Competitors of CPR

There are also alternative repair solutions like uBreakiFix who charge $299.99 (labor not included) to repair the 11-in MacBook Air Unibody LCD screen and charge an additional $100.00 for the 13-in.

CPR Service

To ensure your MacBook Air’s screen is replaced for the best price, with the highest quality parts and the quickest turnaround, the technicians at CPR Cell Phone Repair are the experts to trust and rely on. To repair your MacBook Air Unibody LCD screen, the experts of CPR Cell Phone Repair charge $350.00 (labor included) for the 11-inch and $400 (labor included) for the 13-in with an average repair turnaround time of one hour. All CPR repairs are completed by certified technicians and backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

How to Replace MacBook Air Screen – DIY Guide

If you are technologically savvy, follow these step-by-step instructions to replace your MacBook Air 13” screen by yourself. Before starting your repair, make sure you have the following tools.

  • P5 Pentalobe screwdriver retina MacBook Pro and Air
  • T5 Torx screwdriver
  • T8 Torx screwdriver
  • Spudger
  • MacBook Air 13” display assembly

Step 1: The Lower Case

Before starting your repair, power down your computer. Close the display and lay top-side down. Proceed by removing the following ten screws:

  • Eight 2.6 mm P5 pentalobe screws
  • Two 9 mm P5 pentalobe screws
  • Note: To remove the ten 5-point pentalobe screws, you’ll need a special screwdriver which can be found here.

Step 2

Carefully wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case. Gently pull upward and remove the lower case from your Air and set it to the side.

Step 3: The Battery Connector

So each component is completely de-energized while you repair, it’s recommended that you disconnect the battery.

Gently pull the clear plastic tab attached to the battery connector toward the front edge of the Air. Doing so will completely disconnect the battery from the Air’s logic board.

*Note: As you disconnect, do not lift upward on the connector.

Step 4: The I/O Board Cable

Using the flat end of the spudger, pry the I/O board cable connector up and out of the socket on the board.

Step 5:

Slowly peel the I/O board cable from the adhesive that’s securing it to the top of the fan.

Step 6

Slowly and gently pull the I/O board cable upward near the connection to the logic board, while using the flat end of the spudger tool to pry gently up on alternating sides of the connector to slide it out of its socket. Then you can freely remove the I/O board cable.

*Note: Be extremely cautious when disconnecting the following connector as it has a very deep socket. Going too fast with too much pressure could cause serious damage.

Step 7: The Fan

Using the tip of the spudger, slowly flip up the retaining flap on the fan cable ZIF socket. Ensure you’re prying up on the hinged retaining flat and not the socket itself.

Step 8

Gently peel the rubber gasket off of the adhesive on the top of the fan.

Step 9: Remove The Screws

The following screws must now be removed in over to free the fan to the upper case.

  • One 3.3 mm T5 Torx screw
  • One 4.4 mm T5 Torx screw with a short head
  • One 5.2 mm T5 Torx screw

Step 10

Slowly lift the fan from the I/O board side and pull it from the upper case. When removing the fan, this will also disconnect the fan ribbon cable so be careful not to snag it on anything.

Step 11: The I/O Board

To disconnect the I/O board, gently pull its power cable away from its socket directly on the logic board. Slowly pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board toward the right edge of the MacBook Air.

Step 12

Using the flat end of the spudger, gently pry the left speaker cable connector up and away from its socket located on the I/O board. It’s very important that you pry up from beneath the wires.

Step 13

Carefully flip up the retaining flap on the microphone ribbon cable ZIF socket using the tip of the spudger tool. Make sure you’re flipping up the retaining flap and not the socket itself or serious damage can occur.

Step 14

Remove the 4.1 mm T5 Torx screw that’s securing the I/O board to the upper case.

Step 15

Slowly de-route the camera cable from its notch on the I/O board and gently push it out of the way using the tip of the spudger.

Step 16

Carefully lift the I/O board from the logic board side and pull it free from the upper case. Once you remove the I/O board, this will also disconnect the microphone ribbon cable.

Step 17: The Display Assembly

Using the flat end of the spudger, gently pry each of the antenna connectors up and away from their sockets on the AirPort/Bluetooth card.

Step 18

Using the spudger tool, disconnect the camera cable connector. First, push on one side of the connector and then on the other side so that it gently glides out of its socket. Gently pull the camera cable parallel to the face of the I/O board toward the front edge of the Air ensuring to disconnect it from its socket.

Step 19

Carefully pull the plastic tab on the display cable connector to unlock it.

Step 20

Gently pull the display data cable connector straight out of the socket. When pulling the display data cable, ensure you pull parallel to the logic board and not straight up from the socket.

Step 21

Located on each side, remove the four inner 5.6 mm T8 Torx screws securing both the left and right display hinges to the upper case. Leave the outer screws in place as they’ll aid in disassembly.

Step 22

Carefully de-route the antenna cables out of the channel that’s cut into the upper case.

Step 23

With ease, open the display so that it’s perpendicular to the upper case.

Step 24

While steadily holding the MacBook Air, remove the remaining 5.6 mm T8 Torx screw from the left display bracket.

Step 25

Carefully turn the computer onto its opposite edge so you can easily access the right display screw. Prior to removing the last display screw, carefully hold the display and the upper case steady with both hands. Not doing so will allow the components to fall onto the table thus causing more damage.

Remove the remaining 5.6 mm T8 Torx screw that’s securing the display to the upper case.

Step 26

Slightly open your MacBook Air and allow room for the hinges to slide out of their notches. Then push the upper case slightly toward the display assemble, then slowly push it back from the hinges. Once both display hinges have cleared the upper case, remove the display completely and set it aside.

Step 27

When ready to reassemble, use the flat end of the spudger to tuck the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth antenna back into its proper channel. To reassemble your MacBook Air, follow these steps in reverse order.

To ensure the most qualified technicians perform your MacBook Air repair with the highest quality parts, you can rely on the experts at CPR. To learn more about MacBook Air screen replacements, please contact your local CPR Cell Phone Repair shop today!

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The Limited Lifetime Warranty

Issues Warranty

In addition to being able to repair nearly any small electronic gadget that comes through our doors, and being able to complete most repairs in less than two hours, we also guarantee the quality of our workmanship and the quality of our parts for a full 6 months!

What does it mean for you?

If, at any time during our limited lifetime warranty period, the original repair fails because of the quality of the part we installed or the workmanship in repairing the device, we will fix it for FREE. No questions asked. Can’t beat a guarantee like that!

All CPR Stores are independently owned and operated. As such, not all stores may offer the same warranty.