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How Does Water Damage Affect Electronics?

We all know that electronics and water just don’t mix. Ask anyone who has dropped a smartphone in the sink or had a burst pipe flood their office over the weekend. 

Water damage can occur in a variety of ways – there’s the “all at once” manner such as floods caused by severe storms, backed up drains, and burst pipes in the walls, ceilings, and floors. 

The other manner of water damage occurs over time due to slow seepage in and around work areas and machine shops. A faulty HVAC system can create damp and humid conditions that over time can cause water to condense inside machinery, computers, and other electronics.

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But how does the damage actually occur?

When water penetrates an electronic or battery operated device, it can dry underneath circuit boards, integrated chip boards, capacitors, and other vital pieces that provide power to the unit. 

Once the water dries, it leaves behind contaminants and minerals, and these are the real culprits that cause damage to delicate parts.

It’s interesting to note that if a device is exposed to filtered or purified water, there’s a better than average chance that – if properly dried – the unit will function. This happens because there are no contaminants or minerals in this type of water.

Units and machines with LCD screens that have been exposed to water are a different story. When moisture – whether from excessive condensation or being soaked completely – gets in between the digitizer and the glass, the screen is essentially ruined. 

Devices that are powered by rechargeable batteries that use alkali or alkaline elements can be destroyed by water, without any chance of repair. The reason is that these elements are highly reactive to water – no matter if it’s over the course of time or immediate. 

When any electronic equipment has been exposed to water, there are a few actions you can take, depending on the size of the unit and the amount of water and moisture involved. Removing the devices from the area is the first step, the next is to place them in a dry area and use a heat source – set on low – to evaporate the moisture.

Taking apart the device to try and dry internal components shouldn’t be attempted. In many cases it can void the manufacturer’s warranty. In addition to this, the pieces that are inside the unit can be further damaged and unrepairable.

ACS Can Help

If you’re considering whether to repair your water damaged electronics then choose ACS and let us give you a free evaluation and repair quote.

  • Repair usually saves up to 80% the cost of buying a new piece of equipment.
  • Most repairs are back in your hands in 7-15 days after approval.
  • Our Rush Repair Service ships in just 2-5 days after approval.
  • We Guarantee Our Repairs With A Full Two-Year Warranty .

For a Free Evaluation, use our RMA Form link or visit our website and click on the “Contact Us” button on the upper right hand. You can also reach out to us at 800-605-6419 and speak to someone on our customer support team.

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Does Your Barcode Reader Need Service?

Barcode readers aren’t just for grocery stores and big box retailers, they can play an integral role in different industrial and production facilities for tracking and tracing items from production right up to distribution.

Available in different sizes – from fixed industrial scanners to handheld scanners – these tools are not only designed for heavy use, many of them are built to withstand harsh environments and extreme temperatures. They are also built to keep out debris and dirt and designed so they can be used for hours straight without causing hand and arm fatigue.

Purchasing the right barcode scanner depends mostly on how you’ll be using it, and where. There are several quality companies that have been making these scanners for decades, and the equipment they produce is durable and dependable.

Besides the scanner itself, there are other accessories to consider like a printer to create barcodes or replacement labels, charging stations, and docking stations to download information into a desktop, laptop, mobile phone, tablet.

Why Isn’t the Barcode Scanner Working?

Despite their durability and design for the workplace, barcode scanners can malfunction or stop working. Being able to identify the reasons why your scanner is no longer working how it should can help you determine if it’s time for repair services.

One of the simple reasons behind barcoder malfunctions is the actual screen – they’re easily smudged by dirt, grease, and debris. This problem is easily solved by cleaning with a non-abrasive cloth and a light application of cleaning fluid.

If cleaning the screen doesn’t work, it could signal that there are breaks or deep scratches that are disrupting the laser used to read the barcode labels. If this is the case, repair services are most likely the answer.

When they’re used for industrial and factory operations, barcode scanners can suffer a great deal of physical harm – whether they’ve been repeatedly dropped or misused. In these cases internal parts – like the lasers and accompanying reflectors that perform the actual scanning – can be damaged beyond repair and need to be replaced. 

Besides internal mechanisms, barcode scanners contain wires and circuit boards that can break, crack, and erode over time if the scanner’s casing has been cracked or completely broken.

When one or several of these factors occur, your barcode scanners will need service or repair. These options are usually less expensive than replacement and help save you money and help eliminate downtime.

Our Repair Services Can Help

For more than two decades, ACS has provided barcode repairs for our clients. As one of our core areas of service, we have deep knowledge of how to repair them. Our access to parts and materials means quick turnaround at affordable prices.

We’re familiar with most of the brands on the market and among those we can service and repair include those listed below.

ACS Industrial offers free evaluation and a repair quote so you experience minimal downtime. When your bring your monitor to us you can expect:

  • To save up to 80% of the cost to buy a new one
  • Your scanner will be back in your hands in 5-15 days. 
  • With our Rush Repair option you can have your equipment back in just 2-5 days.
  • A guarantee on our repairs with a full two-year warranty .

For a Free Evaluation, use our RMA Form link or visit our website and click on the “Contact Us” button on the upper right hand. You can also reach out to us at 800-605-6419 and speak to someone on our customer support team.