How to Fix a Laptop Fan

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


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You Will Need

  • A screwdriver
  • A manual
  • Compressed air


  1. Step 1

    Open your case

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

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

  3. Step 2

    Unplug fan's power

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

  4. 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.

  5. Step 4

    Blow compressed air

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

  6. Step 5

    Look for debris

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

  7. Step 6

    Plug power connector

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

  8. Step 7

    Turn the computer on

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

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