The Most Common Nintendo Switch Repairs
The Nintendo Switch is a highly popular games console. It has become the go-to system for portable gaming. However, the device can get broken or require new parts from continual use. We look at some of the most common Nintendo Switch repairs that we see in our Norwich shop.
Joy-Con Controller Drift
Around two years into the life of the Switch console this issue has been found on many devices. Joy-con controller drift causes the device to register inputs on the analogue stick. While similar issues have been seen on many consoles over the years, the number of cases of joy-con controller drift on the Nintendo Switch is very high.
The issue is caused by one of two things. Firstly, an excess of dust making its way past the rubber seal. This can cause extra inputs to be registered by the increase in mass warping of the contact points. Alternatively, the wearing down of the contact points due to continual use can equally cause joy-con controller drift.
While this is how joy-con controller drift is caused. It certainly doesn’t explain why Nintendo devices that have only been used for a few months develop this issue.
Typically, if your device is fairly new, it may simply need a re-calibration. To do this:
- Remove your Joy-Con from the body of the Switch.
- Go to System Settings.
- Scroll to and select Controllers and Sensors.
- Select Calibrate Control Sticks.
- Then press down on the control stick for the controller you want to calibrate.
- Press the X Button to start calibration and follow the on-screen instructions.
Hopefully this will rectify the joy-con controller drift issue that you have been experiencing. If it does not, you can book your Nintendo Switch controller in for repair.
Scratched or Broken Screen
When inserting the Switch back into the dock, if it’s not put in completely straight, a scratched screen is often the result. The two sidebars of the dock that stop your device from shaking can cause deep scratches, and in some cases, cracks.
Additionally, there is another fault that seems to be caused by the heat emitted by the Switch. Leaving the Switch running in the dock for an extended period of time causes the device to heat up quite a bit. In some cases this causes pixel death on the LCD leaving small blue or green imperfect spots.
While we can’t offer you a DIY fix for scratches or pixel death, we can offer you’re a screen or LCD replacement.
This repair can be completed in around an hour and a half in our repair shop and costs around £55 for the screen and £80 for the LCD replacement.
Finally, another fault that we regularly see is with the Nintendo Switch charging port.
On many devices the charging port is a weak point. Firstly, Dust can often settle in the device or the contact points within the charger, therefore damaging it.
Secondly, due to the way the device is loaded onto the port within the dock, it can be easily damaged or knocked out of alignment.
Without the charging port there are no alternative ways of keeping your switch powered up, as it does not feature wireless charging.
Even if your switch currently charges with a bit of a wiggle, this will lead to further issues down the road. The charging point will become even more bent out of shape over time as a result.
This can be quickly rectified with a charging port repair for around £55 in the UK. A brand new charging port will be fitted that you won’t need to bend the lead or wiggle to get it to work.
Common Nintendo Switch repairs overall
The Nintendo switch is as very popular device, outselling any other home console during lockdown. It’s also one of the most technically complex consoles to repair. While you might see a number of services offering Xbox or PS4 repairs, there are not many people who have the expertise to repair a Nintendo Switch or a Switch lite and even the newer Nintendo Switch OLED Model released in 2021.
Prolong the life of your console by booking a Nintendo Switch repair in our Norwich shop or with our call out service. Both services offer the convenience of fixing your console at a time and place that’s convenient for you.