The MacBook Air was first released in 2008, so there are a lot of models in the wild that might need their screens replaced. The cost of the repair will depend on the model of the MacBook Air, as well as the problem it is having with its screen. Below I will cover the most common models I see for repair and the cost of repairing each model.
- MacBook Air Screen Repair Cost
- Selecting The Correct Repair
- Repair Shop Considerations
- Repair Shop Recommendations
- Apple Store Repair Cost
- Do It Yourself MacBook Air Screen Repair Cost
- Frequently Asked Questions
MacBook Air Screen Repair Cost
How much does it cost to replace a MacBook Air screen? The cost to replace a MacBook Air screen is $200-$600 depending on the model. Below I cover the most common models with examples of damage that will need screen repair.
2010-2017 MacBook Air
This was the longest-running design for the screen on the MacBook Air. All the different models within these years are compatible with the same LCD panels. The cost seems to be coming down on the screen repairs for these A1369 and A1466 models. The cost to repair the screen on a 2010-2017 MacBook Air is $179. This will cover the LCD panel itself, the labor to install it, and the shipping to get the computer back to you.
2018-2019 MacBook Air
Apple finally did a complete rebuild on the MacBook Air in 2018 and created a new model number A1932. The newer model has a redesigned display assembly that utilizes a different LCD panel and overall build than the prior 7 years of MacBook Air models. The cost to repair the screen of a 2018-2019 MacBook Air is $299.
2020 MacBook Air
The 2020-2021 MacBook Air looks basically identical to the 2018-2019 model, but the new model requires a different LCD panel than the older version of the laptop. There are actually 2 variations on this LCD panel. One is used for the intel-based models, and the other is used for the M1 models. I expect these LCD panels will be one of the harder-to-get models as it was only used for a single model of production.
The cost to repair the screen on a 2020 model A2179 MacBook Air is $329.
The cost to repair the screen on an M1 2020 model A2337 MacBook Air is $349.
2022 MacBook Air
Apple once again created an entirely new model with a completely redesigned screen in 2022. This new model hasn’t been out long enough for us to see what the price will end up being once the LCD panel is available on its own. For now, the cost to replace the screen on the 2022 MacBook Air is $500.
Selecting The Correct Repair
There are multiple parts in a display assembly, and chances are they do not all need to be replaced in order to get your computer fully working again. Knowing the basic parts that are required to complete your MacBook Air screen repair will help you select the correct repair for your needs.
The LCD panel is the part of the screen that displays the image, it is the part of the screen that you can touch when the computer is open. This is the most commonly broken part on a MacBook Air screen. If you have a cracked screen, there is a very big chance that what you need is an LCD replacement.
The clutch cover runs along the bottom of the MacBook Air screen. It is the part that says “MacBook Air” on it. Sometimes I see clutch covers that are cracked or broken while the LCD panel itself is working fine! This means the computer works perfectly and the entire screen is visible and working, but there is a crack along the bottom of the screen in the part that says “MacBook Air” on it. If this is the issue you have, you just need a clutch cover replacement rather than an LCD replacement.
The MacBook Air camera almost never has an issue. If the camera does stop responding, the issue is almost always with the logic board inside your computer rather than the camera itself. Sometimes though, the cameras will fail and require replacement. Unfortunately with the way these MacBook Airs are assembled, you usually have to replace the LCD panel when you replace the camera.
The back housing is sometimes referred to as the “lid”. It is the part that has the Apple logo on it. Usually, the housing does not need to be replaced, but if there is a dent on the corner of the housing, a dent on the housing itself, or if liquid damage is present in the housing, then you will need the housing replaced as well as the LCD. Again, because of the way these are assembled you normally can’t replace just the housing by itself.
The hinges are exactly what they sound like, the hinge where the display meets the computer. Older model Macs from the 2006-2012 era sometimes had hinges that would crack or break and cause the display to not stay up properly. That is much rarer on the MacBook Airs, but it can happen. Some models require an entire display replacement in order to replace the hinges, while others you can replace separately. Because Apple routes cables through the hinges, you usually have to replace the entire display assembly if you have issues with the hinges.
Repair Shop Considerations
There are a few different things you should consider when looking for a screen repair on a MacBook Air. There are many shops to choose from nowadays that offer screen repair services for Mac computers. Making a good choice for the screen repair can be the difference between getting an affordable quality repair, and an expensive repair that doesn’t last as long as it should.
1. Does the shop have a good reputation? Talk to your friends, family, and co-workers to see if they have any good experiences with a particular shop and read online reviews. This will give you an idea of what other people’s experiences have been like with the shop.
2. Is the staff knowledgeable and friendly? You should feel comfortable asking questions and trusting the staff to do a good job. Call the shop and ask questions. This will help you get a feel for the shop and see if they are a good fit for you.
3. What are the shop’s rates? Get a few quotes to compare before making a decision. Some repair shops are more affordable than others. This can be due to overhead or the cost of renting in a particular location.
4. Does the shop offer a warranty or guarantee on their work? This can give you some peace of mind that you’ll be covered if something goes wrong.
5. What is the shop’s policy on data privacy? Make sure you’re comfortable with how your personal information will be treated. Some repairs require the technician to log in to your computer during the repair process, while other repairs do not.
6. What is the turnaround time for the repair? Some shops take longer than others to repair your computer. I have an entire article on turnaround time for the A1466 MacBook Air.
Take your time to research and choose a computer repair shop that you feel good about. With a little effort, you can find a great shop that will take care of your MacBook Air screen repair needs.
Repair Shop Recommendations
After over a decade in the Mac Repair industry, I can offer a few insights into different Mac Repair shops that do good work. There are literally thousands of Mac repair shops now, but some that I have gotten to know over the years and have found to be good shops are:
MacScreenRepair.com – That’s right, me! I believe I am a great choice if you are looking for screen repairs for your Mac.
Rossmanngroup – I have known the owner (Louise) since we were both newbies in the repair space. His shop provides great work at an affordable price. They are based in New York.
MackTechs – These guys are a smaller shop and provide solid service to their clients. They are based in Philadelphia.
TCRS – I have asked for Tim’s help on logic board repairs many times over the past decade. He does not necessarily specialize in screen repair, but his shop is a great choice if you need logic board-level repairs. They are based in SoCal.
As I said, there are thousands to choose from, so do some research on the ones you are interested in and I am sure you can find a good repair shop to complete your MacBook Air screen repair.
Apple Store Repair Cost
If you have a MacBook Air that is not covered under AppleCare+, you will spend between $450 and $750 repairing your screen through Apple. There are a couple of different ways that the display repair is billed, so the price you are quoted will vary, but these are the standard quotes. Note that each damage tier is added to by a labor charge, which is usually $100. So a Tier 1 repair is usually about $280 for the MacBook Air + a $100 labor charge.
Tier 1 Accidental Damage does not usually cover the display. It is for other parts that might have been accidentally damaged like the touchpad getting cracked or the fingerprint sensor on the keyboard being damaged. Tier one is usually quoted at $280 + a labor charge at the Apple store, although I have heard it quoted as low as $230 +labor.
Tier 2 Accidental Damage does cover the display, as long as everything else on the computer is not damaged. So if there is a dent or any kind of damage on a component other than the display, it can not be repaired under tier 2. Tier 2 repair is usually about $480 +labor at the Apple store.
Tier 3 Accidental Damage covers the display as well as other components that are damaged, as long as the logic board is still working properly. This tier is usually $530 +labor at the Apple Store.
Tier 4 Accidental Damage covers everything that could have been damaged in the computer, including the logic board. This is the tier that is usually quoted for liquid-damaged computers. A tier 4 repair is usually quoted at $650 + labor at the Apple store.
Does Apple Care cover a cracked screen MacBook Air?
AppleCare+ does partially cover the cost of repairing a cracked screen on a MacBook Air. When you buy your computer, you are given the option to purchase AppleCare+. If you decide to purchase AppleCare+ and crack your screen, the total for the repair will be $99.
If you decide to not purchase AppleCare+ and instead just keep the standard 1-year warranty, the cracked screen repair is not covered.
Will the Apple store replace the screen if the MacBook Air is old?
Apple stores replace parts on computers that are less than 7 years old. If your Mac is over 7 years old, you can still get it repaired, but you will need to visit a repair shop that is not an Apple store to have the service completed.
Do It Yourself MacBook Air Screen Repair Cost
The MacBook Air LCD replacement process is one that I don’t recommend for a beginner to an intermediate-level technician to attempt. It is best to start practicing with bad screens before moving on to these repairs. They are delicate and you can cause all kinds of problems during the repair by scratching backlight sheets or ripping cables under the LCD panel.
I will say I have seen a lot of damaged screens when people attempt to repair the LCD panel on a MacBook Air themselves. Normally the damage is not fixable and you have to then replace the entire display assembly. I have a troubleshooting page for the A1466 MacBook Air if you have attempted a repair and ran into problems.
If you are experienced enough to complete the repair, you can find the panels on public sites like iFixit, eBay, Amazon, etc. As a shop, you will probably want to work with your vendor to get panels that have a guarantee so you can hold them in stock. The price for panels usually ranges from around $100 to about $400 for the newest model. Generally, the panels decrease in price with time, but sometimes if an LCD panel is not used frequently by apple, they will become rare and cost more over time for new ones.
I have put together a few guides on how to replace the LCD yourself. I currently have a 2010-2017 display and LCD replacement guide available. You can view my MacBook Air LCD replacement guides and also see a video of the repair process.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to replace a MacBook Air screen?
The cost to replace a MacBook Air screen is $200-$600 depending on the model.
Can you replace a MacBook screen yourself?
You can repair a MacBook Air Screen. The repair is considered to be a difficult repair, so I don’t recommend trying to do it yourself unless you have a lot of experience with repairing displays.
Does Apple replace MacBook Air screens for free?
Apple will replace the MacBook Air screen for free if there are no cracks or physical damage present, but the laptop must be under warranty or AppleCare+. Sometimes screens will stop working on their own, and these types of problems will be covered under your warranty.
How long does it take to repair a MacBook Air screen?
It takes 24 hours to complete a MacBook Air screen repair. Most shops will quote a turnaround time of 2-5 days for this repair.
How much does Apple charge to replace a MacBook Air screen?
Apple charges between $480 and $650 to replace a MacBook Air screen.
Is it worth replacing a MacBook Air screen?
This is a great question to discuss with the shop you are thinking of doing the repair. Most of the time the answer is yes, it is worth repairing a MacBook Air screen if the MacBook Air is useful to you. The cost of the repair usually decreases with time, so older MacBook Airs will cost less to repair than newer MacBook Airs.
Does Apple Care cover a cracked screen MacBook air?
AppleCare+ generally does not cover a cracked screen completely. Rather it covers all but $99 of the screen replacement service. If there is liquid damage involved, then the charge is $299.
Does Apple offer repair for older MacBook Airs?
Apple will generally offer repair services for computers up to 5 years old. In California, they are required by law to offer repairs for computers up to 7 years old.