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What to do if your water-cooled PC springs a leak
The worst thing that can happen to any water-cooled PC is a leak. This rare emergency can occur and has the potential to cause hundreds of dollars worth of damage, depending on your response. Liquid can escape a closed loop through a loose fitting, cracked tube or block. That is why it's especially important to triple-check a loop once it's finished and perform a test run with distilled water for around 24 hours. Spotted a leak? Don't freak out! Each and every second is precious, but here's what to do: Turn the PC off, immediately, as soon as you spot the leak.Unplug the power supply from the socketTake off all case panels for access.Insert paper towels to soak up liquid.Extract all components that were hit by liquid.Dry each component carefully.Leave everything to dry for around 48 hoursPut everything back together and hope for the best.With luck, everything should work. Unfortunately, if the system doesn't boot or you run into issues, you'll be required to do a little troubleshooting.
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