Is your desktop PC overheating without a reason? Dirt is one of the biggest enemies of electronic and home appliances in Pakistan and your PC is probably overheating due to it. If you keep ignoring this issue then excess heat can permanently damage your PCs components. To avoid this, it is advised that you clean your PC once every six months or sooner if you live and work in a dusty environment. Cleaning your desktop PC of dust isn’t hard, rather it is pretty simple even for a non-technical person.
This blog is not an instructional step-by-step guide on how to quickly clean your PC. Rather, it is about how to thoroughly clean your machine by removing some of its components, which we will help you disassemble and then reassemble. So, there’s nothing to worry about here.
- Turn Off and Unplug – Switch off your computer and unplug all the cables. Also, take out devices from your computer’s USB ports like flash drives, and dongles, etc.
- Open the Computer Case – Now look at the back of your computer, you’ll see panels with screws. To take out these panels, you’ll need to unscrew the screws. You may or may not need a screwdriver, depending upon whether these screws are thumb screws. Once done, take out the side, back and front panels.
- Wash Dust Filters – Look at underneath the bottom of your PC or at the front of the case, you’ll see dust filters. Once you see them, remove them and wash them with hot water and set aside to dry.
- Remove the Video Card – If you are a non-technical person, we would advise that you skip this step. Otherwise, take out the video card for a thorough cleaning by following steps laid down in bullet points below. You may also want to take out RAM, hard drives and power supply. But taking out the video card should be enough.
- Unplug the wires connecting the video card with the power supply
- Unscrew the screw that anchors it to the PCs back panel
- Push down the tab that holds the video card to the motherboard before removing it
- To put everything back together, simply follows these steps in reverse order
- Blow the Dust Out – With an air duster or an electric duster, blow the dust off of your PCs fans and other components. Make sure you do this outside. However, when dusting off air from fans, make sure to maintain some distance or you can damage them.
- Wipe Panels – There are no electric components on the side panels, you can clean them with a wet towel or wipes. However, make sure to dry them with a paper towel afterwards. The top of the PC can be cleaned with a paper towel, not a wet wipe or towel. There are USB ports on top of the case and you do not want to damage them with a wet cloth.
- Clean Vents – This step is required only if you see dust on your PCs exterior vents on the back panel even after cleaning them with compressed air. Use cotton buds to remove any dust.
- Reassemble – Now that you have cleaned your desktop PC, it’s time to put it back in one piece. First, reinsert any component that you detached in the beginning, like the video card. Also, reattach the side panels to your PCs case. Plug in the cables that you unplugged and then boot up your computer. Use your computer like you would on an average day to see everything is working properly.
We hope you found this instructional, easy to follow blog helpful. Do let us know if it helped you in any way and whether you would like to recommend any changes. In case, if you are looking for computers and their accessories, do check out our listings.
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