Clean a Computer Tower
Edited by Alexander Avdeev, Shelley, Eng, VisiHow
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Welcome! Our VisiHow team is eager to resolve any problems you might have with your computer! The current instructional video demonstrates how to clean your desktop tower-case computer. We will be using a can of compressed air.
If the video below does not work for you, then you can check this link.
You should clean your computer tower every 3-6 months, depending on the environment and air quality in your home. For example, if you have a lot of pets or live near industrial buildings, you might need to follow the instructions in the video once per season. Always remember that just blowing the dust out of the computer parts is fine, but a can of compressed air will assist you better since it has much more power. It is very hard, if not impossible, to reach some parts inside without a can of compressed air.
If you have any dust allergies, wearing protective glasses and a breathing mask will fend off allergies or coughing. Furthermore, placing a big room fan to the side of the computer will prevent dust from getting into your face. The whole process should be performed outdoors, if possible.
Things You'll Need
Prepare the following tools:
- a can of compressed air;
- you can buy a can of compressed air in a lot of computer stores; always remember to keep the can away from the sun and heat sources, do not drop it, and keep it in a vertical position when using.
- a Philips-type screwdriver;
- (optional) a clean paint brush;
- paper tissues;
- (optional) a vacuum cleaner that can blow.
- If you are using this type of air blower, please remember that you have to hold the rotors (the middle round part) of any fans with your finger, as they might break under the strong jet of air. Old cylinder vacuum cleaners had that function, but there are new expensive models that can do that too.
- A very dirty computer.
- Unfortunately, technical dryers are too weak for cleaning computers.
Follow the steps below for a clean, dust-free computer tower.
- 3In our case, we need to remove the left panel first. The left panel is at the left side if we look at the frontal side of the case, which usually has optical drives where Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs are put in. We remove the panel by unlocking it.
Please remember that opening your case may invalidate or shorten your warranty.
- 10Clean the card with a paintbrush. I am using a piece of cloth in the video, but the problem is that an excessively dry cloth may damage your equipment with static charge, and a wet cloth can cause shortcuts. If you want to get in detail about it, please inform us in the comment section below. If you use a piece of cloth to clean the computer, be careful with the equipment, as the cloth may get stuck in the metal pegs and break something.
- 11Now, we can clean the disk drives. There is a tray that holds the hard disk drive. Remove the tray and clean the hard disk drive. The disk drive can be held by rails or just screws from both sides, so that you will need to remove the right panel too. See Step 14 and Step 15 for the instructions on how to remove the right panel.
- 12Clean the fans. Clean the CPU radiator and fans by blowing air between the ribs of the radiator. The most important thing is to clean the CPU. Sometimes, CPUs slow down in order not to overheat, and cleaning the dust will even speed up your computer. Detect the points from the inside where the fans are. These are going to be the dirtiest. We might make a VisiHow video on how to renew your fans by greasing their rotors. Please check back often to see if there is such a tutorial.
- 18Unless there are any other extra locks, just twist the panel to remove it completely. Be careful not to break the locks, so do it slowly and prudently! Some frontal panels might be fixed into the case. Especially those with contemporary LCD screens. Some other panels might be accessed only by removing the top panel.
- 29After you clean the power source unit, place it back and reconnect it. To do that, do everything in reverse from Step 28 back to Step 26.
You can close the left side cover, plug every cord back in, and use your clean computer! If you have any questions on how to clean your computer, please leave them in the section below. Thank you for watching VisiHow!
Video: Clean a Computer Tower
Tips and Tricks
- Make a habit of wiping dust off the grating areas on the case before using your computer. You will note where dust collects more often. These areas are usually for sucking in colder air.
- Try to place your computer on a firm, low stand. The stand must be firm enough to prevent your computer from shaking and low enough so that you are not subjected to its noise.
- Some computers have built-in thermometers that show the temperature inside of the computer case. Make note of the usual idle and load temperatures at a certain room temperature and clean the computer as soon as it starts to go over the noted temperature by 2-3 degrees.
- Clean your room using a vacuum cleaner as often as possible.
- Never put your computer right against any objects. There should be space for free air flow. A minimum of 7 inches should suffice. Do not set objects on your computer case.
- To clean other computer parts, please refer to another VisiHow article at Clean Your Computer.
Categories : Hardware
Recent edits by: Eng, Shelley, Alexander Avdeev