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.

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.

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.