You’ve done your best to keep your computer as quiet as possible. So why, then, is your computer buzzing like crazy? Where is the noise coming from? Should I worry?
There is a chance that something is wrong with the fan. In this case, serious problems may arise in the future.
What’s wrong with the fan?
Computer fans are designed for cooling purposes. The harder your computer works, the more heat it generates. This is why fans are strategically placed on your computer. They help regulate the internal temperature to keep your computer running without overheating.
The fans can run for years without problems. But there comes a point when it fails. Due to regular wear and tear, fans fail over time. Or it is caused by improper service.
However, you should clean them regularly to keep the fans in top condition.
Remove dust from the fans to get rid of loud buzzing sounds. Note, however, that fan noise is normal, especially under load.
How to clean computer fans
Cleaning the fans is not as difficult as you might think. It also doesn’t require a lot of tools. In most cases, all you need is a rag and a can of compressed air.
So if opening your computer case gets you thinking, rest assured there is nothing to worry about.
First, shut down your computer and unplug it from the outlet. Disconnect all connected cables.
You will be blowing away dust, so consider moving your computer to an open area.
Open the case by removing one or both panels using a screwdriver. If you have a tool-less suitcase, unlock the hinges to open the panel.
After opening, clean the case fans by blowing compressed air through all corners and crevices.
While you’re at it, pay some attention to the motherboard, graphics cards, hard drive, PSU fan, and other components.
Be careful not to mess up your PC’s wiring.
Clean and open laptops in the same way. Use compressed air to remove dust from the fans and radiator.
Things to keep in mind. There are manufacturers who void the warranty when users tinker with internal components. If you are not sure how to proceed, contact the manufacturer’s technical support.
When done, reattach the panel and plug everything back in. Open your desktop or laptop to check if there is still a loud buzzing sound.
If your fans are clean and the fan noise is still running, the problem may be with too many tasks being performed.
Simply put, fans compensate for the heat generated by the processor.
Some programs are too tedious to run on top of other programs. Try turning off apps when not in use. You can also try running apps one at a time.
There are times when your operating system runs background processes without your knowledge. It doesn’t matter if you are using Windows 7 or Windows 10.
Fortunately, there is a way to find out which tasks are overloading your processor. You can use the task manager to find the culprit.
Open Task Manager by pressing CTRL + Shift + Esc. If the window opens in simple view, expand it by clicking Details.
Click on the Processes tab. Notice the numbers in the CPU usage column. Place the column at the top to show which programs are using the most memory.
The percentage of CPU in use should not be close to 100%. If you find a program that works next to this, you can make it stop working.
Right click on the application name. Click End Task to stop the program.
There are Windows applications that stop the computer after shutting down. You will be shown a warning if you try to stop a vital process.
If all else fails
Then it might be time to replace the fan. It could have deteriorated to the point that no amount of cleaning will return it to normal.
The case fans are not that expensive. A quick search on Amazon showed high-priced options for around $ 10.
Consider replacing the fans if the buzzing noise issue cannot be resolved.