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How often should I clean out the inside of my computer?

Posted by Miranda Holland of on

TXMicro recommends that you take the time to blow out your computer every 6-12 months. But why?

Have you ever wondered how your ceiling fan could have possibly gathered so much nasty dust? Every time I climb the ladder to dust mine, I’m totally disgusted. Where did all this grimy dirt come from? I hate to tell you this folks, but the fans inside your computer could be even worse than that ceiling fan. Have you ever wondered why there are cans of compressed air in the electronics aisles? Well, I’m going to show you how to use those correctly, and for you guys that like any excuse to use your power tools, I’ve got another route we can take using your air compressor. No worries, this is not difficult! Anyone can do it. ;)
So why is it a good idea to blow the dust out of your computer, you ask? Well, just like the build-upon your ceiling fan, that gunk is filling up the inside of your PC. Unfortunately, this build-up can cause your PC to overheat because it’s creating a blanket of dust bunnies that trap and keep the heat in. The whole purpose of the fan is to get the heat out, so you can imagine the struggle. The build-up also creates a heavier load for the fan which can be stressful on the fan motor. Once your motor goes out, most assuredly the heat sink and processor will overheat and can fry your processor or motherboard. Let’s take the safe route and keep it clean and tidy to assure the longevity of your computer. The computer in the video is a Dell OptiPlex 760 sff but this will method will work on all computers.