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I took my power brick apart in order to clean it. The power settings for my Xbox had been left on "Instant On" from the day of launch until earlier this year. With your system in Instant On the fan runs continuously drawing .16Amps/19Watts. Putting your console in its Energy Saving mode only draws .03Amps/4Watts. The amount of filth inside your power brick will depend on several factors such as the energy mode you keep your system set to. If the fan isn't running, obviously it isn't drawing in more dust/debris than it would if it was on. The last step has pictures that show just how filthy your electronics can get over time and the importance of cleaning them in order to keep them functional.

Unlike the X360 Power Brick, these rubber boots require no tools to pry them up. Simply get your fingernails underneath and gently pull them up. Remove the 4 screws with your T10 security bit driver. Remove the 4 screws with your T10 security bit driver.
  • Unlike the X360 Power Brick, these rubber boots require no tools to pry them up. Simply get your fingernails underneath and gently pull them up.

  • Remove the 4 screws with your T10 security bit driver.

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Using the point end of your plastic spudger, or your fingers, gently pull back the tab holding the fan power cord in place. Gently pull the cable up and away from the circuit board.
  • Using the point end of your plastic spudger, or your fingers, gently pull back the tab holding the fan power cord in place.

  • Gently pull the cable up and away from the circuit board.

  • If you look inside the yellow box, top left corner, you will notice a grey color on top of a capacitor. I'm not positive what this substance is but it has a consistency of sticky tack, if you remember playing with that as a kid. When I first opened the power supply the fan power cable was pressed into it rendering it stuck. Gently pull the cable up

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Use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the two larger screws. The two smaller screws (orange) were a little tricky. They are screwed down very tight. I started with a #0 phillips head and slightly stripped the screw head. Not enough to destroy it. I recommend using a #1 phillips head on these. I also used a small rubber grip in order to get a better grip on my screwdriver. Made it much easier. Once screws are removed lift the plastic frame from the left side and remove it from the top of the power brick and flip it over.
  • Use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the two larger screws.

  • The two smaller screws (orange) were a little tricky. They are screwed down very tight. I started with a #0 phillips head and slightly stripped the screw head. Not enough to destroy it. I recommend using a #1 phillips head on these. I also used a small rubber grip in order to get a better grip on my screwdriver. Made it much easier.

  • Once screws are removed lift the plastic frame from the left side and remove it from the top of the power brick and flip it over.

  • Unlike the X360 power brick, the light diffuser does not need to be removed from the power supply. If you want to remove it anyway simply grab it with your fingers and lift it out.

  • When I used a can of air duster to clean the inside, the smaller metal sheet (left side) immediately blew out. If this happens don't panic. There's tape on the bottom side. Simply put it back in with a little pressure to hold it down and you're good to go.

  • These screws serve no purpose. There was nothing under there. Unless you have a different variation than mine there is no need to remove these screws.

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Lift the fan from the side furthest away from the cable. Pull the cable threw the hole in the frame and place the fan off to the side.
  • Lift the fan from the side furthest away from the cable.

  • Pull the cable threw the hole in the frame and place the fan off to the side.

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Remove the 4 screws using a #0 Phillips head and remove the top of the fan housing. Gently grab the fan and lift it up. Gently grab the fan and lift it up.
  • Remove the 4 screws using a #0 Phillips head and remove the top of the fan housing.

  • Gently grab the fan and lift it up.

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Here is the info for the fan label in case anyone needs it for reference.
  • Here is the info for the fan label in case anyone needs it for reference.

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Just under 3 years from the day it was purchased (Nov 22 2013) and now (Aug 12 2016) this is the amount of filth my power brick accumulated. I am only recently getting into electronics repairs which is why this didn't happen sooner. After 1 year your Xbox/PS warranty becomes null and void unless you purchase an extended warranty. Clean your consoles before dirt and dust destroy them! After 1 year your Xbox/PS warranty becomes null and void unless you purchase an extended warranty. Clean your consoles before dirt and dust destroy them!
  • Just under 3 years from the day it was purchased (Nov 22 2013) and now (Aug 12 2016) this is the amount of filth my power brick accumulated. I am only recently getting into electronics repairs which is why this didn't happen sooner.

  • After 1 year your Xbox/PS warranty becomes null and void unless you purchase an extended warranty. Clean your consoles before dirt and dust destroy them!

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Navy Vet 2015

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Would this help with the orange light I am getting from the Xbox one power Brick?

angelorestrepo - Reply

Me too having the same question please help!!

kingasd -

What specifically is the problem angelorestrepo and kingasd? The orange light is an indicator that your system is in energy saving mode. What happens when you power up the unit?

Navy Vet 2015 - Reply

http://support.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one/c...

Mind you at this point I have no idea what's really going on with either of your systems but it's possible this may be a really simple fix. Check this link and try these simple solutions if you haven't already.

Navy Vet 2015 - Reply

So i have a power brick that isnt getting any power at all... what do i go about replacing in the brick to restore my power supply??

Mark Gomes II - Reply

Those stupid first screws are borderline inpossible to get out

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