Power DC Jack Repair
Q. The socket where the laptop charger plugs into the unit is broken - can it be fixed?
This is a very common fault caused by bad design and/or rough handling of the laptop/notebook computer.
Most laptop DC power sockets/jacks are soldered directly to the motherboard. Sideways pressure on the plug caused by pulling (e.g. tripping over) the cable or by knocking the plug can cause the internal DC socket to be damaged or broken off the motherboard. The laptop charging socket may not always be broken - sometimes it only needs re-soldering to the motherboard.
Faulty power jack symptoms include:
» Movement of the power plug causes the power/battery-charge light to go out
» Visibly broken DC socket or socket pushed right into unit
» Laptop won't charge but works until battery runs out (can also be a charger problem)
» Sparking from area where the power lead plugs into the laptop
The manufacturers and suppliers will usually tell you the motherboard needs replacement which can cost hundreds of dollars, but...
Most DC Jacks can be replaced (or repaired if it's just the solder that's broken). Repairing broken DC sockets on notebooks is not in itself a particularly difficult task ,The whole job will normally take between 3-4 hours to complete.
Replacement DC power sockets for laptops vary in cost between manufacturers and models so the total repair cost including labor will usually be between $80-$135.
New parts (sockets) will always be used, except in cases where the part is not damaged and only requires re-soldering.
Our Laptop DC Power Jack Repair Service Includes:
We can do repairs on laptop DC Power Jacks
for most laptop brands: