Introduction

Internal fans keep a computer at a stable temperature while operating. A faulty fan can cause a computer to overheat. It is important that all fans are in working order. Replacing a fan is an important skill for desktop PC users.

Parts

No parts required.

  1. Unplug the computer from the power supply before any maintenance or disassembly.
    • Unplug the computer from the power supply before any maintenance or disassembly.

    • Remove the two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws from the back side of the computer case. You only need to remove the screws that hold down the panel.

    • These screws can usually be removed by hand.

    • Be sure to wear an anti-static bracelet or use and anti-static mat to ensure important components are not damaged by static electricity.

  2. Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer. Slide the panel towards the back of the computer and lift it up to remove. If there is a fan mounted on the side panel, make sure to unplug the cable before fully removing the panel.
    • Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer. Slide the panel towards the back of the computer and lift it up to remove.

    • If there is a fan mounted on the side panel, make sure to unplug the cable before fully removing the panel.

  3. Push to unlatch three grey connectors on the front panel. Push to unlatch three grey connectors on the front panel.
    • Push to unlatch three grey connectors on the front panel.

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  5. Disconnect the front panel from the computer face.
    • Disconnect the front panel from the computer face.

  6. Remove four Phillips #2 head, 5mm screws holding in the fan.
    • Remove four Phillips #2 head, 5mm screws holding in the fan.

  7. Slide the fan out from the side of the casing.
    • Slide the fan out from the side of the casing.

  8. Disconnect the power cable from the fan.
    • Disconnect the power cable from the fan.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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My two bottom connecters holding the face of my pc case have screws in them. Problem is that I can't fit a screw driver in the gaps to remove the screws! Any tips?

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