Cleaning Laptop Fan

On a laptop, dust accumulates quite quickly. They are frequently moved and set down on various surfaces, increasing their exposure to soiled air. All the dust sticks to the vents and the fans because they suck air from the inlet vents.Lets talk about cleaning laptop fan.

When inlet vents become blocked with dust and grit, they obstruct airflow, overheating your laptop and harming other hardware elements. Due to thermal throttling, this process has an impact on your laptop’s performance and makes it lag and run slowly.

The fan and vents on a laptop should ideally be cleaned every six months. You might need to clean them more frequently based on where you live. It is definitely feasible to clean them yourself in a secure and simple manner. You can either clean the components by opening the laptop’s case or you can clean them without doing so.

We have explained how to carry out both of these activities.

Cleaning Laptop Fan

 Cleaning the Laptop Fan and Vents

In order to properly clean your laptop’s fan and vents, you must have access to its interior workings. In the part after this one, we’ve covered how to clean a laptop without opening it if you lack the confidence to do so safely.

Taking off the back panel

To access the laptop fan, you should first remove the back panel. Here’s how to go about it:

#1 Start by turning off the laptop and unplugging the AC wires. Remove the battery as well, if you can.

#2 Remove the battery

#3 To remove the fan, flip the laptop over and either the back panel or the expansion chamber case.The screws can also be found behind the rubber pads, the sticker, or the keyboard in addition to their regular location near the sides of the rear.

#4 Unscrew-back-panel

The screws could be different lengths, so make sure to remember which fits where and place them separately.The back panel of the laptop is often secured by locks. To remove it, you must carefully slide a prying tool (often plastic) along the edge’s notches and twist it to release the locks.

To keep them from locking back into place, you might also need to insert different prying tools or other small objects into the unclipped areas. Remove the rear panel or case.

Cleaning Laptop Fan

Fan Cleaning

After removing the back panel, clean your fan according to the steps below. Make sure to clean all the fans using the same procedures if you have many fans (perhaps because of your GPU).

#1 To give it a preliminary cleaning, first lightly wipe the interior area and the fan with a dry microfiber cloth.

#2 You can use bottled air or an air compressor to remove the fan’s dust. However, the following considerations must be made in your mind:

#3 Holding down the fan blades is necessary to avoid damaging the fan or its internal parts if it spins too quickly.

#4 Instead of extended bursts, use brief airbursts.

#5 While blowing air into the fan, place the can nozzle a fair distance away. If you set it too close, it could damage the device because it produces strong pressure.

#6 Utilize low angles to blow away dust, and clean at various angles to cover all surfaces.

#7 To avoid harming the fan, you can also use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust, but be sure to follow all of these precautions.

#8 If you don’t have compressed air, you can carefully clean the fan blades with a gentle brush and a microfiber cloth. Avoid using your mouth to blow since your saliva could get inside the fan and harm its bearing.

#9 To remove the sticky goo from the fan blades, use a cotton swab dipped in 70% isopropyl alcohol.

#10 Utilizing the cotton swab, gently remove any debris or dust that has become attached to the fan’s edges. You may do this by using a toothpick as well. The fan blades, nevertheless, should not be touched with the toothpick because they are more fragile.

#11 Refresh the cleaning process by using a microfiber cloth. After using compressed air to blast the dust away, some dust can still be present on the fan or other parts.

#12 Don’t unscrew the fans unless they are extremely unclean because you will need to reapply thermal paste to the CPU and the fan before reinstalling them.

#13 If the fan is really dirty, unscrew it and use a microfiber cloth and brush or compressed air to clean the lower part of the fan while adhering to the preceding instructions.

#14 Using 70% isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth, remove the thermal paste off the CPU and the fan base.

#15 Place the fan above the thermal paste once more, applying a pea-sized amount in the centre. Then screw it into position.

pulling backing off laptop

Clean the vents

You must clean the vents after cleaning the fan. What you must do is as follows:

#1 Clean the vents on the laptop’s sides and rear panel with compressed air. Use brief spurts and various angles, much like you would with a fan.

#2 Additionally, you could clean it with a microfiber cloth and brush.

#3 To gently remove the adhered dirt from difficult-to-reach areas, use a toothpick or another thin, tapered instrument. After that, either use canned air to spray it or a microfiber cloth to clean it.

#4 Clean the side of the laptop where the vents are and the back panel.

#5 You shouldn’t clean speaker vents that are on the same surface as the keyboard since they are speaker vents.

Close The Back Panel

#1 Close the back panel after cleaning the fan and the vents. Removing the panel can be done in reverse. However, the following is a list of actions you can take:

#2 If you took anything out, replace it with a screw and tighten it up.

#3 To clip the locks back together, place the rear panel atop the laptop that has been turned on its side and lightly press the sides.

#4 Reassemble everything with screws, being mindful of the placement of each one.

#5 Avoid fastening it too firmly because doing so will harm the laptop’s case.

Cleaning Without opening

Cleaning a laptop without opening it does not have the same impact as thorough cleaning. You can still accomplish it, though. If you use this technique, we advise cleaning the fan and the vents every two months.

Here is how to go about it:

#1 Determine the intake and exhaust vents first. When your laptop is turned on, you can feel the vents with your hand to identify them. Hot air is blown out of the exhaust vent.

#2  Now turn off your laptop and unplug the power line and battery, if necessary.

#3 To prevent harm, briefly press the power button to discharge any remaining energy. Due to the residual charge, the radiator base may be harmed if the fan within turns while cleaning.

#4 Spray the intake vents with compressed air in brief spurts. You can either use a duster or an air compressor.

#5 Allow some time to pass between each burst to ensure the fan is not spinning too quickly.

#6 Be sure to set the nozzle at a distance and spray the air from various directions.

#7 The dust from the exhaust vents should then be removed using a vacuum. In the absence of a vacuum, you can also use an air duster briefly.

#8 To avoid any damage, be sure to use a proper intake nozzle (flatter with a narrow opening) and to position it far enough away from the vents.

#9 Avoid using a vacuum or pressurised air on the speaker vents.

How to Dry a Laptop After Water Got Inside the Vents

Close the vents on your laptop right away, and take the AC adapter out as well. To force the laptop to shut off, hold down the power button for two seconds. Then, adhere to these instructions to dry the laptop after being wet:

#1 Disconnect the detachable batteries and all of your auxiliary equipment.

#2 To drain water, flip the laptop while pointing the vents where the water came in towards the ground.

#3 To absorb the water, use cotton, microfiber cloth, or paper towels.

#4 We do not advise using a hair dryer or similar device since they might transport the water inside your laptop too far.

#5 Leave the laptop to dry for at least 48 hours in a cool place if you don’t wish to clean the water out of it. Opening the case, though, is preferable.

Using the procedures from the aforementioned sections, remove the back panel.

#6 To stop water from harming these devices, remove the internal components like RAM, SSD, Hard Drive, internal battery, WiFi module, etc.

#7 To absorb the water, gently press a dry microfiber cloth or paper towel on the wet surfaces. In order to stop the water from spreading, don’t rub it vigorously.

#8 Use a syphon pipe or pipette to pull the water out of any spots where it has gotten into that you can’t clean up with a cloth.

#9 Reassemble your laptop after allowing it to dry for 24 to 48 hours.

You might not be able to use your laptop even with the quickest reaction. Take it to a hardware specialist in such circumstances so they can examine it for any damaged circuits or components and repair or replace them.

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