How to Fix Loud Laptop Fan Making Noise
How many times were you annoyed by a too loud laptop fan making noise? Have you ever heard your laptop all the sudden go unbearably loud? Well, this can occur to anyone, no matter how old your machine is.
There can be a lot of reasons causing this problem, but in most of the cases they are all easily solvable and will not take much effort to deal with.
Of course, there are sometimes when the noise can’t be handled due to the laptop’s age. Some parts simply get loose and worn out. Either you can change them, or buy a new laptop. However, before tossing your old laptop to trash, there are some things that you might try in order to reduce the noise of its fan.
Nevertheless, you can use these tactics as well to improve your newer laptop and decrease/prevent the potential noise.
Let’s check out some of the most effective ways of dealing with the annoying buzz of your laptop fan.
6 Solutions to Fixing Loud Laptop Fan
1. Get rid of that dust
The most common problem of any laptop’s noise is dust. Since laptops are more complex than PCs, most of the people don’t want to bother opening it and cleaning its cooler.
The dust accumulation can damage your laptop in several ways. The most common one is obstruction of the fan blades. As you may assume, this obstruction leads to louder spinning and thereby increased noise.
Since the processor is the heart of any laptop, you should have a routine of cleaning its cooler. The dust accumulation can affect it in degrading ways. Basically, you will need to blow out the dust every now and then (approximately once a year) in order to keep it working properly.
I know you might be frightened to open your lap, so you can leave it to professional. However, if you decided to do it by yourself, there are few not that hard steps of cleaning your fan and the accumulated dust.
The only thing that you will need in order to do this is a small screwdriver.
Then, follow these simple steps and make sure you blow out the dust properly.
- Turn your laptop off and plug it out the electricity
- Flip it to the backside
- Remove its battery
- On the outer edge find the air vent
- Unscrew that panel and open it up
- Now, you can see the fan underneath it
- The only thing that you need to do now is to blow out the dust. Preferably, you should do it outside because there is a lot of dust accumulated. Use another fan (for example, for your hair) to blow it even more effectively.
Be careful not to open the laptop that is under warranty. Opening it will most likely result in voiding the warranty. Therefore, if it’s under warranty, you can take it to the professional and let it fix it instead of you.
After blowing out the dust, you will be able to proceed working normally on your laptop without losing nerves because of it being so loud. Not only that you will benefit from having your laptop quieter, but you will benefit from it being a bit faster as well, with a lot less pressure and temperature involved.
2. Seek and Destroy Malware
Malware is one annoying thing to have on your laptop. Especially if you don’t have a proper anti-virus. As you may already know, malware is a virus that slows down your laptop drastically.
With that said, it will not only slow it down but raise its temperature as your laptop will try to follow your commands unsuccessfully.
Furthermore, more effort will cause your laptop to be much louder for even the simplest processes.
So, if you still don’t have your anti-virus program, I would gladly suggest you to get one. There are a lot of free anti-viruses, and each one of them has the updated “premium” version for even better protection.
However, there is a simple procedure that can show a presence of viruses in your laptop. Just open the process tab in your task manager and if you see some strange letters, chaotic order, or strange processes that will most likely mean that your laptop is full of viruses.
Again, if you find the strange process, google its name and see what you’ll get. If you get some info about the process, most like its legitimate. Otherwise, it’s probably malware.
Of course, most of the viruses are well hidden and working incognito so you won’t be able to notice them this easily.
Once you deal with viruses, your laptop will much easier run the applications and processes and hence, reduce the effort along with the noise that your laptop produces.
3. Close some processes
For the majority of the working people, it’s not strange to have too many opened processes, tabs, and programs that they aren’t using. These processes are taking a certain part of your processor and ram memory as well.
Although they are in the background, they take a huge part of your laptop’s memory and the effort to run them successfully. A lot of processes might lead to some unwanted overheating and the noise that can make your blood boil.
Now, there is a trick. Most of the times, these processes won’t be your fault. If you open your task manager, you will notice that there are a bunch of Google Chrome processes. This is somewhat annoying and can slow down your laptop by a lot.
With slowing it down, there is a side effect- the noise. There is a solution to this problem.
If you don't want Chrome to open a new process for every single tab, it’s possible to set the browser to create only a single process for multiple tabs all browsing the same site.
To change the setting, right-click the Google Chrome icon in your "Start" menu and select "Properties."
Click the "Target" text box and scroll to the end of the line. Insert the phrase "--process-per-site" after the end of the text currently in the box and click "Apply."
This should fix those annoying Google Chrome processes. However, there is a whole other side.
An enormous amount of processes might be your fault as well. For example, playing games and listening to Youtube songs with several tabs opened might slow it down and make your processor work 100%. Like that, it’s natural that your laptop will be quite louder.
You can manage your processes anytime you want. Simply open Task Manager and go to the process tab. Remove those processes that you don’t need anymore.
4. Use an additional cooler
In order to cool your laptop even better and prevent overheating, you can buy an additional cooler, specially designed for this purpose. It will prevent your laptop from overheating and thereby from making some huge noise.
In order to make this work, you will need to place it underneath your laptop. With a few additional fans, your laptop performance is guaranteed.
Simply put, the cooler is an absolute must for those working with highly complex programs. This is a great thing to have, especially in your bed. It will cool your legs as well, you know. Needless to say, you will hear no buzzing or vibrations coming from your laptop.
5. Lift up your Laptop from the surface
There is a cheaper variant of the previous method. If you don’t want to invest anything in coolers, you can simply elevate your laptop from the surface. Since the cooling fans are positioned at the bottom, it’s quite a smart thing to leave a bit more space underneath your laptop.
That way, the fan will blow much more air through it and keep it simple to cool your laptop. Noise will be reduced and everyone happy. As an elevation tool, you can use almost everything. Of course, this works as long as it doesn’t cover the fans that you want to lift from the primary surface.
It’s the cheapest trick for your laptop, and it can increase the productivity of your processor by a lot.
6. Use a mixture of methods
Finally, you can always use multiple methods and try to improve the performance of your laptop even more. For example, cleaning it from viruses, turning off some processes, and putting a cooler underneath your laptop can cut the noise significantly.
When I say “cut the noise”, it’s not only about the noise. Primary, you should take care of your laptop’s health. All of the aforementioned things will not only make it louder but slow it and potentially bring to some severe problems.
On Your Laptop Fan Making Noise...
In the light of everything we previously mentioned, we learned a lot about laptop fans. I tried to give you some of the easiest solutions, and some preventive measures for keeping your laptop at a top-notch form.
Hopefully, this article made your life a bit easier and your laptop a bit quieter.
You might also like: