Trackpads - fantastic things, that is until they go wrong. Apple trackpads are pretty well made, and don’t normally break on their own, but anything can fail. And trackpads are also vulnerable to accidents, and to batteries expanding beneath them. Here at MacUpgrades we have a range of fixed price replacement services for your laptop's trackpad.
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In most modern Apple laptops the trackpad is replaceable (even if Apple says not!) albeit with a fair amount of effort in some cases. In a lot of the Retina machines (2012-2015) Apple decided to glue the battery over the top, making replacement tricky but not impossible. Here we go through the most common causes of MacBook trackpad breakage, and list our fixed price services to replace them. If yours is not listed we can probably still do it, but there may be availability or technical challenges. Contact us for a price.
The way that Apple deals with broken trackpads in Retina MacBook Pro machines with glued in batteries is very different to what we do. In the Apple store, the trackpad is deemed as being part of the Top Case, which can vary in price from £300- £600 dependent on model. What we do at MacUpgrades is to replace only the trackpad part (by careful removal of the glued in battery, and replacement afterwards) that way not only do you save money, but we save e-waste from the environment and time as well. Most of our repairs are complete within 2 working days (same-day available for some - please contact us).
Most Common Causes of Failure of an Apple Mac Trackpad
OK – your trackpad has stopped working. Lets see if we can figure out what the actual issue is.
- Swollen battery: This tends to start with the trackpad button getting harder to press down, and as it gets worse the trackpad may stop clicking entirely. Eventually the trackpad will be physically broken by the force from below it. Until it gets extreme, the movement function almost always continues to work. To resolve this type of issue replacing the battery will normally resolve the issue if it has not progressed too far - if it has trackpad replacement is likely to be needed as well.
- Physical damage to the trackpad: For example, a heavy item dropped on it. In these cases you are more likely to lose all trackpad function (and sometimes even keyboard as well, since in some models the keyboard and trackpad share a single connection). In these cases a straightforward replacement (see below) is most likely to fix the issue.
- Liquid damage: Liquid damage to your Mac can affect the trackpad in a variety of ways, mostly dependent on the severity and the location where the liquid got it. In these cases it could be as simple as liquid damage to the cable connector, liquid in the trackpad itself, or even damage to the logic board. In these cases you are better off bringing or sending in the machine to us, and let us quote on repair.
Here is a list of our fixed price Mac trackpad replacement services. If you are unsure of the Mac model you own, you can look it up via its Serial Number or Model ID. If we don’t see a trackpad service for yours listed, please get in touch, we may still be able to help you.