Is there a way to change ONLY the fan in a power supply?

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  1. iMotionSRT-4

    iMotionSRT-4 HO! HO! HO! BITCHES!!

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    The fan in my power supply has stopped working. I haven't taken it apart yet to look, only because I have a mini fan keeping my computer cool. SO things are working fine for now.

    But do I have to buy a new power supply or can I just take the fan out of the power supply and replace it with a working one?

    I would assume you could just replace the fan but I'm not 100% sure.

    Any help would be appreciated :)
     
  2. RyanL

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    if you know your way around electronics and soldering give it a go

    there isnt a difference between the ps fan and a case fan in my experience

    IBFireBurnsDownHouseAndDies
     
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    depending on the PSU,...
    some PSUs have the fan wires soldered to the PSU's pcb
    some uses the standard 3/4pin molex plug

    either way,... yes, you can replace the fan
    the one that uses the molex plug would be easier obviously

    btw, opening the PSU will void warranty
     
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    if it is soldered, cut the wires at the fan, not on the circuit board, then insulate
     
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    get ready to die when you accidentally touch the wrong part of the power supply
     
  6. iMotionSRT-4

    iMotionSRT-4 HO! HO! HO! BITCHES!!

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    Well I'm not really worried about the warranty. I've had this computer since like 99 and it has never had any problems.

    I'm not good at soldering so I may just pull it out and see what the fan looks like. If it's soldered then I will just buy another power supply, no biggy.

    If not then I will check into a replacement fan.


    Thanks everybody for the information.
     
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    soldering would be best, but it's not really that required
    you can use butt connectors,... simply slide the wires in, then crimp
    you can also just simply twist the wires and insulate with heatshrink tubing
    just don't fuck it up

    again, if you are cutting wires, do it at the fan side, not on the circuit board
     
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    beave Housin Beers & Buildin Dams

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    what power supply brand?
     
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    How can you not be good at soldering? It's probably the easiest thing to do in the world?
     
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    I replaced mine, just twisted the wires together and insulated been going years lol
     
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    If its still in warranty why would he be fucking around trying to change it?
     
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    why not?
    a lot of people mess with PSU fans even under warranty
    some people would rather replace it themselves than wait 2-3 weeks for warranty repair
    some replace it with quiet ones
    some replace it with LED fans

    he never said it was an old one at first, so I gave that reminder
     
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    I've replaced just the fan in a few power supplies. All of them had the plug, so it was a simple swap.
     
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    I took out the LED's in mine 2 days after I got it :dunno: Managed to get the fan out without breaking the warranty sticker.
     

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