How and Why You Should Clean Inside Your Computer

2010 August 14
by J Storlie
If you’re brave, try this at home. Otherwise, we can do it for you. It’s one of the easiest ways you can keep your computer running well. If you screw this up, you can’t possibly hold us responsible.  Come on… What were you thinking? But seriously, you should really keep your computer clean.

Storing your tower on the ground, under your desk can cause it to collect more dust.

Most people know that there are steps they should take to maintain their computer, like running virus checkers and scanning for spyware.  But have you ever considered the fact that you actually need to clean your computer tower?  Just like anything else in your home, your computer tower accumulates dust which needs to be cleaned out.
Why should I clean my computer?
The dust in your computer can cause several issues which could ultimately cause your computer to quit working.  As your computer gets clogged with more and more dust, the fan that keeps the circuit boards cool can end up clogged. When the fan stops moving, or when the air can’t circulate inside, your computer overheats.  If this doesn’t turn your computer off after a little while, it can decrease the lifespan of the internal components. At the early stages, it just slows down your machine, depending on where the dust has accumulated.
Things You’ll Need:
  • Can of compressed air.
  • Lint free cloth
  • Cotton swabs
How to Clean Inside your Computer
If you are not familiar with the inner workings of a computer, there is really not a lot that you need to know before engaging in cleaning out your machine, but please do not ignore the following safety guideline:
SAFETY ALERT: Discharge the static electricity within your body by touching the exterior of the tower while the three prong plug is still plugged in, but not turned on.
Once you have done this, disconnect all the cords and power from the tower.

Air can't get into those ventilation holes when they're filled with dust.

Step 1: Take your tower somewhere outside or in the garage, where the flying dust won’t ruin your wife’s fancy rug, and open the case up. You will probably just need to remove a few teeny screws from the back and then you can pull the cover off.

Step 2: Make sure to read the instructions on the can, as you can cause some damage if you spray too closely to your computer.  Start by spraying the fan clean, you should be able to see through it, to the blades inside, when you’re done.Make sure you do not spin the fans with the compressed air. Compressed air can spin the fans way faster then they are supposed to spin causing the bearings to burn out, ruining the fan. We usually use a pen or pencil to keep the fans from spinning. Use a cotton swab to wipe off any chunks of dust that may be clinging to the fan.

Step 3: Once the fan is clean, spray the circuit boards inside. Always pay attention to the distance between the can and your computer. But if you happen to break something, we probably happen to have a new one in stock.

Step 4: If by some strange turn of events you have spots inside your computer, from spilling coffee or something, you can use rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab to remove the residue.

Step 5: Use the lint-free cloth to wipe down the inside of the tower cover.
Clean your tower every few months, it takes less than half an hour and can save you from the headache of an overheated computer or the slow loading time that comes from running hot.  An easy rule of thumb is to clean it every time the seasons change. The first cleaning may take a while if you have not cleaned it for quite a while.  But if you keep up with it after that, it should not be too difficult.
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One Response
  1. nathan permalink
    June 10, 2014

    This is totally true, I have a 2008 Microsoft and goes super slow, The other day i vacuumed all of the dust out and it goes fast and does not get hot anymore (:

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