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Today, my basement was flooded. Fortunately the computer was not plugged in, but the water level came up to almost the top of the PSU. All of the other components besides maybe a few of the cooling fans were free of any water damage.

The PSU is a Corsair AX1500i. What should I do to dry it? The water was very dirty, so do I need to rinse the PSU first?
post #2 of 57
Box it with rice or dessicated silica for a few weeks then try it on a disposable rig.

I can say that it will not work again with a degree of certainty.....

Personally,cut your losses and buy a new one.
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Do you have insurance that cover that sort of damage?
As said already i would not use it and you cant really send it in for RMA either.
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post #4 of 57
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... No insurance or anything. Would it be risky to let it dry off for a while and then use it? Like I said, it wasn't plugged into the wall, so I can't imagine that any damage has been done unless it holds some kind of charge or has materials that are damaged by water. Would a distilled water or isopropyl alcohol bath work?
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The water alone is going to start to make the metal inside of the PSU rust and you said the water was dirty which is even worse
You could dry it out but being flooded with dirty water makes me doubt it will ever work right again

As said already it would probably be safer to just cut your losses and get a new PSU
Do you even need a 1500 watt PSU for that system?
Edited by shilka - 7/2/16 at 6:22am
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post #6 of 57
gone thru same thing, house flooded old pc in livingroom got flooded half

hdd, psu, half motherboard and graphics card under water

let all the component dry for a week and everything still works
post #7 of 57
I think it will work again.

Open the psu, clean as best you can, dry for a week in rice
post #8 of 57
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Originally Posted by Norlig View Post

I think it will work again.

Open the psu, clean as best you can, dry for a week in rice

Based on?

You are willing to risk someone elses rig on a hunch? Because the last time I got water in a PSU,it was not pretty....even after drying it out.
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Based on?

You are willing to risk someone elses rig on a hunch? Because the last time I got water in a PSU,it was not pretty....even after drying it out.

Based on it not being plugged in while getting wet.

Would ofcourse not test it straight away in a main rig.

Ground the green wire, meassure voltages, test in old rig, etc

Edit: would suggest asking corsair support for tips.
Power it on and connect ot via usb and see if it gives errors?
Edited by Norlig - 7/2/16 at 8:13am
post #10 of 57
Household insurance.
If you're a normal user, toss it and buy a new PSU.
If you know electronics and how to handle and repair stuff then disassemble and dry out ASAP without using hot air, buy rice and stuck it in it. If it's dirty as hell afterwards well clean it with stuff that can be used for cleaning electronics without damaging them. Clean, dry, inspect, measure, test, repair what ever is necessary if that's what you wanna do.
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