How To Clean the Fan on a PS4

Date Published: August 1, 2021
Author: Kylee Smith

Dust accumulates overtime on the ducted fan inside a PS4. The ducted fan is the game console’s cooling system. An extra noisy fan is a tell-tale sign the fan needs a good cleaning. A dirty fan causes the PlayStation to work harder and can lead to a system malfunction. You can clean the fan on your PS4 in four easy steps.

PS4 Fan Cleaning Supplies

Only minor disassembly is required. Once cleaning is complete, the ducted fan inside your PS4 will run optimally. You will need the following supplies to clean your PS4.

TR9 Torx Security Bit Screwdriver

A TR9 Torx Security Bit screwdriver is required if you own a PS4 system released in 2013.

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Compressed Air

Compressed air is used to blow the dust out of your PlayStation 4.

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Flashlight

A flashlight is necessary to help you see inside the PS4 while you are cleaning out the dust.

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Cotton Swabs

Cotton swabs may also be used to help clean the dust off of the PS4 cooling fan. 

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Small Cleaning Brush

The dust on a PS4 fan is sometimes caked on and difficult to reach. A small cleaning brush can reach those areas and remove dust that the compressed air or cotton swabs were unable to address.

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Knife

A knife is used to remove the stickers from the rear screws of your PS4.

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Cleaning The Fan Inside Your PS4

A noisy, inefficient PS4 cooling fan is not ideal and can contribute to a compromised system. Luckily, cleaning the fan inside your PS4 is quite simple. Follow these four steps to clean your PS4’s ducted cooling fan.

Step One: Turn Off PS4 And Unplug Power Cables

This first step is all about safety. Power down the PS4, ensuring all lights are turned off. Remove the main power cord, HDMI cable, and any connected USB devices or other cables/devices.

  • Pro Tip: Do not perform this cleaning task on carpeting or any surface that produces static electricity. Furthermore, select an area that allows for easy cleanup once you have finished removing the dust from your PlayStation 4.  

Step Two: Remove Screws

If you have an original PS4 that was released in 2013, you will need the TR9 Torx Security Bit screwdriver. Before removing the screws, you will need to remove the stickers that are located on top of each screw.

Use the knife to peel back the stickers, and then use the TR9 Torx Security Bit screwdriver to remove the screws. Once the screws have been removed, the plastic cover pops right off.  

  • Pro Tip: Place the small screws in a safe place like a small dish to ensure the screws are not misplaced during the cleaning process.

No extra tools are needed for the PS4 Slim and the PS4 Pro. For these PlayStations, place the gaming system horizontally, right side up, and facing away from you. Then, pull up on the top plastic cover of the console to expose the fan.

  • Pro Tip: Pull up from one corner and then the other to make removing the plastic cover much easier.

Step Three: Clean Fan Using Compressed Air and Other Supplies

Use compressed air to clean the dust off the PS4 fan. Spray at different angles to help remove all traces of dust from the fan. If necessary, use the cotton swabs and/or a small cleaning brush to remove caked-on dust. If using the cotton swabs and/or a brush, double back and use the compressed air once more to blow the loosened dust off the fan and out of the console.

  • Pro Tip: Use the compressed air on other intakes inside the console where dust may be trapped as well.

Step Four: Quick Reassembly

Reassemble your PS4 by positioning the plastic cover back in place. If you have an original PS4, use the TR9 Torx Security Bit screwdriver to reattach the screws to the gaming system.

  • Pro Tip: The perpendicular screws must be replaced gently or you risk stripping the threads.

For the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, the plastic cover simply needs to be popped back in place.

Final Thoughts

Dust builds up inside a PS4, causing the ducted fan to operate inefficiently. Overload the cooling fan, and you have a problem on your hands. Cleaning the fan on your PS4 promotes the efficiency and longevity of your gaming system.

FAQ: Cleaning PS4 Fan

Wiping down the unit’s exterior regularly with a dry cloth helps keep the dust away, prevents an abundance of issues related to a dirty fan, and extends the longevity of your PS4.

Why is the fan inside my PS4 so loud?

The fan inside your PS4 must work harder as dust accumulates on its blades. Spinning faster than usual, the fan makes a louder noise.

What are some other tips for keeping my PS4 from overheating?

Maintaining your PS4 in a horizontal vs vertical position is ideal. There are also PS4 wall mounts and dust covers available to help protect the unit.

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Should you use rest mode to cool your PS4?

Yes, rest mode is helpful when cooling down your PS4. With the system no longer in use, rest mode keeps the fan running until the system has cooled down completely. Once the system is cool, the fan shuts off. It is also perfectly fine to leave your PS4 in rest mode until the next use.

What if my PS4 fan is still loud after it has been cleaned?

Other components within your PS4 also get dusty. Some are harder to reach and require more steps to clean. If the fan on your PS4 is still loud after it has been cleaned, it is time to clean the heat sink and hard drive bay.

 

  

 

  

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