5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 12, 2010 7:20 AM by Templeton Peck
tool Level 2 Level 2 (320 points)
Yesterday i upgraded my RAM, and upon doing so, i wanted to clean the fans of all the dust bunnies, but i don't know of any safe way of doing so without messing up the Logic Board or any circuitry. I'm sure it's not safe to use compressed air, as i don't want all that dust to fly in those other spots.

Is there really a safe way to clean them? Thanks

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  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (59,280 points)
    canned air is fine.
  • carl wolf Level 6 Level 6 (14,275 points)
    "I'm sure it's not safe to use compressed air, as i don't want all that dust to fly in those other spots."

    Your concern is valid. Compressed air will push the debris into your computer, and possibly cause problems. The better solution is to use a vacuum cleaner.
  • Travis A. Level 6 Level 6 (14,970 points)
    The better solution is to use a vacuum cleaner.


    I have to just add that I've heard of vacuums actually creating small static charges when in use. Of course, then there's the potential to have something short on the logic board.

    I don't really have any concrete evidence of that, but it's not something I would do to my own machine, just based on that anecdotal evidence. Too large a risk for a small gain.

    --Travis
  • tool Level 2 Level 2 (320 points)
    Thank you Peck, and Carl for your quick replies on this topic. There is no way i'm using compressed air, as i know all that dust will get into other areas and surely screw up the Logic Board or something else.

    The vacuum cleaner sounds like a good idea, but i am with Travis on this one also - the vacuum cleaner will most definitely cause a short in the Logic Board as well.

    There must not be any safe way for the general user to clean the fans out because even though you may not void the warranty by taking the bottom case off, you will certainly void the warranty when you go to start it up again and it won't work.
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (59,280 points)
    There is no way i'm using compressed air, as i know all that dust will get into other areas and surely screw up the Logic Board or something else.


    Been doing it for years. never had an issue.