There are two main solutions to deal with power issues. In this article, you will learn how to clean a PC power supply.
Power conditioners filter out noise, suppress spikes, and clean up dirty power. Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) often provide similar features but include a heavy-duty battery and AC inverter that provides power for anywhere from seconds to minutes when the power goes down.
The power supply on your PC is one of the most vital components of your machine. This passes feeds electrical current into your PC, allowing it to operate. A poorly functioning power supply will cause your entire computer to shut down.
To encourage a long lifespan for your PC power supply, you’re advised to regularly clean your power supply at least every 2 to 3 months. If you feel like cleaning it more regularly, feel free to do so; there is no such thing as a power supply that is too clean.
Anyways, if your computer makes a grinding noise as it powers up or shuts down, it can serve as a good indicator that you’re well overdue for power supply maintenance. Now, let’s talk about how to easily clean your PC power supply without encountering any problems.
How To Clean A PC Power Supply
Clean power means your equipment will have protection against several kinds of damage. Follow the step-by-step walkthrough below to easily get that done:
- Shut down and unplug your computer. (Note: Wait at least 1 hour to ensure that all internal components are cooled off, and do not attempt to clean the inside of your PC while it is running or plugged in).
- Unscrew and remove your computer’s access panel. (An access panel is located at a different position, depending on your PC model. However, it can be easily identified; it is a large removable sheet of metal or plastic screwed onto your PC’s main body).
- Locate the power supply by checking where your computer power cable is connected to. You can also recognize it through the large fan.
- Use a 12-oz. can of compressed air with a nozzle to blow dust and dirt off the power supply. Then, blow the air through the natural holes and air channels of the power supply’s fan, shooting dust out of the PC. Dust for about 1 to 2 minutes, using short bursts of air.
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