How to Repair a Broken Laptop Fan

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A laptop relies heavily on the fan to cool down its components. So if your laptop has a broken fan then this can be a major inconvenience. A broken fan can cause a laptop to freeze or shut down and can even lead to more serious damage. Following the steps below will make the repairing work an easy process as long as you dare to take the risk.

1. Before you proceed, check to see whether the fan is really broken or not. By now you have probably gotten used to the sound of the fan whirring up periodically. If this sound has completely gone or you hear clicking sounds then the fan is probably broken. If the fan has been getting louder and louder lately then it is probably just blocked with dust. Open up your laptop and clean the fan will be ok.

2. Turn off your laptop, access your laptop fan by removing the cover that protects it. Use a small Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the cover and then lift the cover off, revealing the fan inside.

3. Inspect the look and the condition of the broken fan. If the damage is too severe, it might be best to replace the whole fan and not just the broken blades.

4. Clean the inside of the fan and around it as well, using a can of compressed air. Notice how lint, dirt and dust accumulate around the fan and other inside components. Remove all dust and lint with canned air, making sure there is no residue near the fan.

5. Remove the old fan blade by gently lifting it from the axis. Look at the bottom of the fan case to see if there are smaller parts of the blade inside, remove them if you find them.

6. Place the new replacement fan blade onto the axis, making sure it fits snugly into the fan case. Note that it is ideal to buy the same brand of a replacement fan blade, as it is the most compatible option.

7. Re-install the case cover of the fan by tightening the screws with a Phillips head screwdriver. Reinstall the laptop fan cover as well, making sure to put everything on the same place as before.

8. Run the fan by turning on your laptop to see and hear how it works.

Well that’s all the repair steps of a broken laptop fan, but in an ideal world you should send the entire laptop back to be repaired if it is still under warranty.

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