How To: Fix a laptop fan

Fix a laptop fan

You can help keep your laptop cool by fixing a malfunctioning laptop fan. With a screwdriver and some compressed air you can clear away any obstructions. Think about where you are setting down your laptop as soft surfaces can block air intake.

If your laptop is overheating or making a grinding sound, you may need to give your fan an overhaul.

You Will Need

* A screwdriver
* A manual
* Compressed air

Step 1: Open your case

Open your laptop's case. Read your owner's manual for directions on correct housing removal.

Make sure the computer is turned off, unplugged, and the battery is removed.

Step 2: Unplug fan's power

Unplug the fan from the motherboard. You may need to refer to your manual.

Step 3: Remove the fan

Lift and gently remove the fan. Each system is different, but you'll probably have to remove a couple of screws.

Step 4: Blow compressed air

Blow compressed air around the area to get rid of any dust or debris.

Step 5: Look for debris

Look for and remove any debris that may be caught in the fan blades and replace the fan.

Step 6: Plug power connector

Plug the fan back into your motherboard and put the case back together.

Step 7: Turn the computer on

Turn the computer on and verify that the fan is working.

Setting your laptop on a soft surface, such as a bed, pillow, or lap, can block airflow and cause your laptop to overheat.

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