One fine day, I decided to jailbreak my PlayStation 3 console to play free games, and when I did that, suddenly PS3’s fan become loud, it was sounding like a jet engine. Then I realized that I can control the fan speed, fan become loud when they are fast. No need to worry, because that’s how the CPU temperatures of consoles can be controlled. But when it comes to a PC, situations are different. No doubt that a computer fan can freak you out when it is loud. This could have happened due to several reasons. If your computer fan is loud too, you probably have landed on the right post.
Personally, I love water or liquid cooling but that makes sense only when you decided to overclock your processor to get the optimum performance. Anyways, the default air cooler is known as a “computer fan” is good enough to maintain the CPU temperature and the airflow in the cabinet. Things get worse when they get damaged or victimized by dirt or dust because it could affect on fan’s performance.
In this article, we have managed you to provide an effective guide that will help you to fix computer fan is a loud issue. So, make sure to read the article till the end. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Check the Running Programs
It can possible that your computer fan is loud just because heavy programs and apps are running in the background. If that’s the case, then you have considered closing those software apps.
- On Windows 10: Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete button simultaneously to open the Task Manager.
- On Mac: Press Ctrl+Space and open Activity Monitor.
If you are doing casual tasks such as listening to music or browsing the internet, then your CPU utilization should be around 20-30%. But if CPU utilization is almost touching 100% then look for the apps that are consuming the CPU utilization in the Task Manager or Activity Monitor. End the apps or programs then and there.
Also, a virus or malware can swoop into your system that might be the culprit behind a loud computer fan issue. Run your anti-virus program to scan and remove the malware from your system.
There are some heavy tasks such as streaming, gaming, or editing that can consume your CPU utilization. If that’s the case, you might have considered cleaning your computer.
Clean Your Computer Fan
It is important to clean your computer fan. If you live in a region where there’s more dust in the air, it could get stuck into the computer fan. As a result, heating issues occur. Cleaning a desktop is easy than a laptop, as laptops are very compact machines. Just grab a screwdriver and open up your cabinet or laptop.
Use a dust cleaner, or a microfibre cloth to clean the dirt stuck into the computer fan. Your computer fan gets noisy when the fan blades touch the cable or other things like stuck debris. Use Q-tip with isopropyl alcohol to clean the computer fan.
While you are cleaning the computer, make sure to remove each and every dust particle that gathers together on the motherboard, and PSU. Clean in such a way that you will not damage any electrical component.
Provide a Better Airflow to Computer
You might know that there’s a setting to control the fan speed automatically depending upon the CPU temperature. Computer fan speed increases when CPU temperature is high and lowers when it’s normal. This technique is good to regulate a better airflow in your computer cabinet or laptop.
If that’s the case, it’s your responsibility to maintain airflow for your system. Make sure your CPU and GPU won’t heat much. If you use a desktop, clean and move your system to the location where there’s a normal room temperature.
Laptop users should clean the laptop ventilator to maintain good airflow, also make sure to avoid keeping the laptop on the bed and pillow as they can block the airflow, so prefer a hard surface in order to maintain good airflow.
Moreover, consider using extra computer fans. For desktop, you can install one fan at the rear and two fans at the front so your system will receive a decent airflow. Laptop users can use a laptop cooling pad, cooling pads are good to maintain the system temperature for laptops.
Control You Fan Speed
You can actually control your computer fan speed accordingly. Now, this can be done using your motherboard BIOS, and let me tell you that each motherboard comes with a little or more different so it’s not possible to talk about every motherboard BIOS settings to control the computer fan.
Let’s just assume low/medium/high, so visit your BIOS by pressing the correct keys accordingly. Now make sure to keep your fan RPM on low or medium. Only consider a high fan speed setting when the CPU temperature or room temperature is high accordingly.
Powerful and new motherboards can let you control all the computer fans connected to your motherboard. Some motherboard only allows the CPU fan to control depending upon the 4-pin PWN adapter or 3-pin fan models.
If your motherboards allow you to control the computer fan speed then you can do that by using software programs such as SpeedFan. In the case of graphics cards, MSI Afterburner is a good and most preferred software program.
Moreover, you can follow some YouTube tutorials that will suggest to you the best possible ways to control your computer fan speed. Or you could reach out to the people using forums that will give you a hunch regarding how you can control your fan speed depending upon your motherboard.
What if Nothing Works?
All the solutions mentioned above are valid fixes. At this point, your computer fan speed is a loud issue that should get resolved. But even if the issue still not resolved, then you should consider changing the fan. Small fans such as 90mm produce more sound, replace it with a larger fan.
Lose ball bearing present in the fan can also maketh the fan noisy, if that’s the case you should replace the fan. A computer fan does not cost much, but if you are replacing you can buy a decent air cooler for good temperature maintenance. While purchasing a computer fan from an online store, check CFM and dBA numbers in specs in order to know the fan noise level. Apply the good thermal paste and you are good to go.
That’s it for now, hope this helps! Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. Till then stay tuned for more info.