Are you been driven mad by a noisy laptop fan?
The culprit for a noisy laptop fan can be one of the two usually – dust and overheating. If you’ve been using your laptop fan for years now, you would probably wonder why there’s a humming sound that is a far cry from white noise.
Now, to get to the bottom of things, you have to determine why your laptop fan is noisier than usual. The cooling fan running at a fast and the non-stop rate could be blamed for this. It’s firing up or working harder than usual – churning like a wildcat – when it needs to get rid of heat or when it’s under the extreme workload. Even though your laptop is compact, it still is prone to accumulation of dust. The clogged dust can wreak havoc on your laptop’s system which causes it to run hot and noisy.
You need to try the following:
Check The Running Processes
When your laptop is noisy, it could mean that it is running too many processes. Use the built in Task Manager to check your processes and see if there are running applications or programs that are close to running at 100 because they could be the culprit. You could try stopping a process to see if that helps. If everything looks good, then it could be the CPU fan itself which needs further checking.
Use a Laptop Cooler
Your laptop can only take so much heat before it overheats. Using a laptop cooler is advised for those who use their laptop for gaming or work which means the laptop could be working hard for an extended period.
Clean Your Laptop Fan
If all else fails, go right at the root of the problem. You can hire a professional to do the cleanup for you, or you can do this yourself. Dust and even hair could pile up and get clogged into your laptop fan which could reduce airflow. Cleaning it up could solve your problem.
You will need an air compressor or a Air Duster Spray can to do this. Firstly, make sure that you take out the battery before you start cleaning to avoid static electricity and that the AC adapter is not connected either. Then blow out the dust using the air compressor.
Once you’re done, put everything back together and power up the system – you should have a quieter laptop now.