Cleaning Macbook internal fan

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by -tWv-, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. -tWv- macrumors 68000

    -tWv-

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    As I was opening up my macbook to install a new upgrade of RAM i noticed that there was a considerable buildup of dust on the internal fan. I thought that this could not be good for the macbook but I didn't touch it because I didn't want to mess anything up. Has anyone cleaned out the unibody macbook fan and is it even necessary to clean the fan? I just don't want my macbook to have problems because there is dust buildup in the inside of it.

    Any experiences/methods when cleaning internal fans in laptops would be appreciated.
     
  2. John01021988 macrumors 6502

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    Use a can of compressed air, that should do the trick
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    Be careful not to spin up the fans too fast.
     
  4. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    John hit it on the head. Compressed air, but in short bursts and don't tip the can much, as it'll start shooting REALLY cold air+propellant which could cause moisture to build.
     
  5. twylie macrumors newbie

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    bringing back an old post, but I cleaned out my Unibody MBP today and although it didn't appear that there was a lot of dust and build up, it was obviously enough to cause higher fan speeds. Now back down to a whisper under light load (mail, web and documents). Prior to the cleaning, fans were running at 3000 - 3800 rpm. Post cleaning, right at 2000 and virtually silent. My UMBP is a late 2008/early 2009 version with removable battery. Easy 10 min operation and recommended if you're experiencing higher fan speeds under light loads.
     
  6. miicah macrumors regular

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    lol?
     
  7. alex.purple.mac macrumors member

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    Could you provide a link to that post?
     
  8. AndyK macrumors 65816

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    lol
     
  9. miicah macrumors regular

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    Just find the fan removal guide on iFixIt and pull the fan apart instead of replacing it with a new one.
     

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