Common Macbook issues that lead to repairs


There have been many issues that have come up for Macbook home and business users in Melbourne. While it is unknown what the cause of this may be, there are a few common problems and their solutions that you need to know about if you own a Macbook or plan on purchasing one.

Beeping noise while the laptop is being used

If your Macbook starts making weird sounds while you’re using it, don’t worry! This could be because Apple has put in features where if the computer detects high temperatures (which would damage the processor), then the built-in cooling fan will turn on automatically to compensate for this increase in temperature.

It’s advisable not to use your machine under such conditions, but sometimes we can’t help ourselves. In such cases:

  1. Open up your System Preferences and navigate to the Energy Saver pane.
  2. Uncheck the box that says “Put the computer to sleep when it is inactive for” and set it to Never.
  3. Click on the Power Adapter tab and make sure that “Put the computer to sleep when the power adapter is disconnected” is unchecked.
  4. If you’re still hearing beeping noises, then it’s likely that your Macbook is too hot and you should try to Doug a cooler environment or place a thin towel between your laptop and your lap.

Screen blacking out or going completely blank

One of the most common problems with Macbooks is screen blackout or complete blanking out. This can be caused by a number of problems, and usually requires troubleshooting to pinpoint exactly what’s wrong.

  1. Make sure you’re not inadvertently touching the screen or pressing any keys that might be causing your Macbook to go dark.
  2. If your Mac is about 5 years old then the inverter cables may need replacing. These cables help send power from the battery to the monitor, and over time they become less efficient which can cause symptoms like screen blanking out or a black screen even when the computer is on and fully charged
  3. Another issue could be with your Macbook’s own graphics card. You can check if this is an issue by going to System Preferences > Energy Saver. Inside you can change the graphics card your Mac uses, so if it isn’t using the internal one you should select “Automatic Graphics Switching” and this will force your Mac to use the integrated card which could resolve any screen issues.
  4. A blow or a drop is likely to have damaged either the logic board or even just caused a loose connection somewhere inside your Macbook. If possible take it to an Apple store for repair since they could fix it without too much trouble, or go to an official Mac dealer/repair shop who may be able to do this for less money than Apple. Or alternatively you could buy replacement parts yourself and attempt a repair yourself, but keep in mind that you are voiding any warranty by doing this.

Broken screen

Another problem that could occur is a broken screen. If your Macbook falls and the screen cracks, it will need to be replaced as this is not a DIY fix.

Battery issues

Battery problems are also common in Macbooks, usually because the battery has worn down. Check how much life is left in your battery (in System Preferences>Energy Saver) and if it is low consider replacing the battery.

Fan issues

One other issue that can occur is with the fan – if it becomes very noisy it may be necessary to clean it out using a compressed air canister. Do not try to do this while your Macbook is on, as you could damage the internal components.

Issues Shutting Down

Another really common issue is your Mac may not shutdown correctly or if there is a delay. This could mean that there is an issue with your hard-disk drive.

These are some of the most common Macbook issues, but there are many others. If you are experiencing problems with your Macbook and don’t know how to fix them, it is best to take it to a technician that is qualified for Macbook repairs. They will be able to help you resolve the issue and get your computer running like new again.

If you are experiencing any of the issues listed above, or something else that is not mentioned here, please do not try to fix it yourself. Take your Macbook to a technician who will be able to help you resolve the issue. AppleCare+ plans cover up to two incidents of accidental damage, so if your Macbook suffers an unfortunate incident (like a fall) you can get it fixed free of charge. Just make sure you have AppleCare+ and you’ll be covered.

If you don’t have AppleCare+, or your issue is not covered under the plan, there are still ways to get your Macbook fixed. You can take it to an authorized Apple repair center, or you could try to fix it yourself by following one of the many online tutorials available. But be warned, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up making the problem worse. So unless you’re confident in your ability to fix Macbook issues, it is best to take it to a professional.


Why do you need an AppleCare plan?

AppleCare+ plans are a great way to protect your Macbook from common issues, but they are not infallible. If you experience a problem with your computer that is not covered under your AppleCare plan, then the best way to get it fixed is by taking your Macbook into an authorized Apple service center. If you do not know where one is near you, then you can easily find it on the official Apple website.

If your Macbook is still under warranty and the issue is covered by the plan, then usually getting it fixed for free or at a reduced price is hassle-free. You can take it to any local retail store like Officeworks, and they will be able to send it off to Apple to be repaired (for free if it’s still under warranty). Unfortunately, some issues are things that require expertise that these stores don’t have, but this is why they are usually able to send it off for you.

Of course, if your Macbook is no longer under warranty, then you will have to shoulder the entire cost of the repairs. That being said, there are still a few options available. You can either do it yourself, which would probably save money but definitely require expertise and time. Instructions on how to fix most issues yourself can easily be found online by searching for them.

A final note

If you do not want to go through that hassle then you will have to bite the bullet and get an authorized Apple service center or repair shop to take care of it for you. However, there are some things that you need to know before doing this because otherwise, the whole thing might blow up in your face (quite literally in some cases).

Always back up your data before you go in to get repairs done. You never know what might happen and if the worst-case scenario comes about, at least you will still have a copy of your data.

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...