How to fix a laptop fan that is loud or making noise

How to fix a laptop fan that is loud or making noise

Laptops have become a top priority for users worldwide thanks to its portability. Laptops are now more powerful and compact than they were in the first ten years of the century, mainly because of their much-enhanced processors and stronger graphics card support. However, laptops still comes with the same old problem: overheating.

Despite advancements in cooling technologies, overheating remains a major concern when it comes to laptops. Laptop cooling fan makes a lot of noise while playing graphic-rich games, or handling heavy tasks. However, if your fans are acting weird or are making buzzing noise, there is a good chance that you are having problems with your fans.

In this post, we will walk you through some tips to fix a laptop fan that is making noise. Before we begin, if the below-mentioned tips don’t work for you, consider replacing your fans.

  1. Too many background processes

If your laptop fans suddenly sound different or are making so much noise even when you are not working on heavy-graphics tasks, chances are that you now have too many processes running in the background. Therefore, it’s a good idea to kill all the processes on your laptop.

If you are now using a MacBook, you can use Activity Monitor to kill unwanted processes. To open Activity Monitor, you can open up Finder > Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor. From here, you will see a list of all the processes running on your Mac.

Besides, you can prevent some processes from starting up when your MacBook boots up. To do this, head to Apple menu, select System Preferences from the drop-down menu, click on Users and hit Startup.

  1. Reset SMC (Mac only)

Resetting SMC serves as a perfect way to fix minor problems on your Mac ranging from keyboard not working to fan running at an abnormal high rate. Before proceeding, try closing all apps on your Mac and then rebooting your machine to see if the problem has been fixed. If the problem still persists, read on.

Step one: First off, you need to shut down your Mac and then plug the power adapter

Step two: Next up, press the Shift, Control, and Option keys from the left of the keyboard (hit the power button at the same time)

Step three: Once you are done, release all keys and then turn your MacBook back on.

  1. Keep your laptop clean

If you have been using your laptop for a long time, it’s a good idea to clean up the mess. Cleaning your laptop helps you remove those nasty dust bunnies from your computer fans, thus reducing chances of overheating, which means less fan noise. Cleaning a laptop is aimed at professional users, so make sure that you know what you are doing. (Note that opening your laptop and play with its internal components can void your warranty).

  1. Buy a cooling pad

Buying a cooling pad is a good way to prevent overheating. A cooling pad is specifically designed to maximize airflow, thus keeping your laptop cool all the time. If you frequently play heavy-graphics games and work on heavy tasks on your laptop, coolers are ideal for silencing your noisy computer.

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  1. Kenneth
    Reply September 23, 11:35 #1 Kenneth

    Very Informative. Thanks you

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