Do you currently own a desktop PC? If so, you are likely aware of how much work it can take to maintain. Unfortunately, a lot of PC’s do not have proper dust filters which makes them a dust magnet. However, the good news is that you can actually clean the inside of your desktop pretty easily. In this article, we will be talking about some of the best ways to clean a computer fan.
How To Clean A Computer Fan:
1. Power Off.
The first thing that you are going to want to do is be sure that you power off your desktop. It is essential that you power off your desktop if you want to open it and do anything inside of it. This will ensure that your components are better protected and that they do not short from static electricity.
2. Antistatic Mat.
The next thing that you are going to want to do is place your computer tower on top of an antistatic mat. You should try to always utilize an antistatic mat whenever you are working on the inside of your computer and/or you plan on touching or being around your computer parts. These parts are very vulnerable to static electricity. A lot of people do not have these mats available. If you do not have an antistatic mat available, you should try to purchase one. If you cannot purchase one, you are going to want to be sure to ‘ground’ yourself while you are working on the insides of your desktop. You can do this by touching anything metal that is plugged into the wall. The best thing to touch would be your power supply since it is likely plugged into the wall and it will do the job just fine.
3. Unscrew The Back.
The next thing that you are going to want to do is either unscrew the back of your desktop or the appropriate side panels. Depending on where your fans are located, you might want to alternate which part you unscrew. If your fans are on the bottom of your PC, you might do best by opening your PC from the side panel that contains all of your parts.
4. Utilize Compressed Air.
A good way to clean out your computer system is by using compressed air. You should be able to utilize this type of technique in order to properly clean out your entire PC and all of the components. You should hold the compressed air at a minimum of two inches from the surface of the fans that you are trying to clean. Using air to clean the fans off is a good idea so you do not have to really go in there are start touching things that you shouldn’t be touching. If you are wearing an antistatic wrist strap, you should be able to touch the components without fear of damaging them. But still, you might want to avoid doing it and only using compressed air during the cleaning process.
5. Clean Other Parts.
Once you have properly cleaned out the fans of your computer, you are going to want to take a look at the other parts inside of your machine. If you notice that anything else has a lot of dust on it, you might want to clean it off. If your computer has filters on it, you might want to clean off the filters, as well. This will allow you to keep your computer nice and clean and dust free. This will ultimately keep your computer working better, more efficiently, and even quieter.
As you can see, cleaning your desktop fans does not have to be difficult. As long as you have the proper tools, it should be as simple as unscrewing your desktop and cleaning it out. However, you do want to be careful with the components inside of your PC as they are very prone to getting affected by static electricity. Therefore, try your best to avoid touching your components unless you have properly grounded yourself and/or you are wearing an antistatic electricity wristband. This will ensure that you are protected and that you protect your components.