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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.


  • Step 1: Open your case Open your laptop's case. Read your owner's manual for directions on correct housing removal.
  • TIP: 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.
  • FACT: Setting your laptop on a soft surface, such as a bed, pillow, or lap, can block airflow and cause your laptop to overheat.

You Will Need

  • A screwdriver
  • A manual
  • Compressed air

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