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Microsoft Surface Fan Problems

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When the fan is not working on the Microsoft Surface, the device will overheat. The device will slow down and eventually it will log so much that it will not work properly. Is your Microsoft Surface experiencing fan problems?

If your Microsoft Surface fan has problems, shut down the device and restart it. Run the Surface Diagnostic Toolkit. Check for pending Windows updates. Update firmware. Close unused apps to lower CPU utilization and reduce the need for the fan to cool the device.

We don’t often think about the fan in our Surface until it stops working or stops working correctly. While it’s not a prominent feature of the Surface, the fan is certainly a crucial component. The fan keeps the device’s operating system cool so that it doesn’t overheat.

Keeping the device cool is more than a convenience, especially if you are working outdoors. It is also an important piece of hardware. If you are like most people, you use your Surface for more than just work or school. It is used for everything from shopping to streaming.

The continual use of the operating system means the device will generate more heat. The fan is responsible for expelling that heat so that it doesn’t become trapped inside the Surface, causing the operating system to overheat and shut off.

It can be very concerning, and frustrating when the fan doesn’t work or isn’t working correctly. But before you write off your Microsoft Surface, here are some suggestions to help troubleshoot the problem.

Microsoft Surface Fan Not Working

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You notice that your Surface is not working. The device is getting warmer as you continue using it. What can you do if the Microsoft Surface fan is not working?

If the Microsoft Surface fan is not working, run a scan to detect any corrupt files. In the search bar, type in ‘Command Prompt’ to run it as an administrator. Next, type in ‘sfc/scannow’ to detect and repair any corrupted files.

After running the scan, restart the Surface to clear out any corrupt files and refresh the operating system. If the fan is still not working, here are a few more ways to troubleshoot the issue.

Diagnostic Toolkit

In the Windows search bar, type in ‘Surface Diagnostic Toolkit’. If the app is not installed, it can be downloaded for free from the Microsoft app store. Follow the on-screen instructions.

It will take on average 15 minutes for the Toolkit to diagnose and repair any issues. Depending on your internet connection, internet speed, and amount of apps and files that have to be inspected, the process could take up to an hour.

Windows Update

Windows updates contain the latest software information your Surface needs to run at its best. If an update is pending or did not install correctly, this will affect the device’s operating system, possibly causing it to work harder.

Step 1: Go to ‘Settings’.

Step 2: Click on ‘Update and Security’.

Step 3: Select ‘Windows Update’.

Step 4: Click on ‘Check for Updates’.

Storage Space

One reason why updates are prevented from being installed is if there is no storage space. Storage space is needed for the new information that needs to be installed.

Step 1: Go to ‘Settings’.

Step 2: Go to ‘System’.

Step 3: Click on ‘Storage’.

Step 4: Select ‘Free up space now’.

Microsoft Surface Fan Always Running Non-Stop

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Is the fan in your Microsoft Surface always running? Here are some things you can do when the fan runs non-stop.

If the Microsoft Surface fan is always running non-stop, there may be apps or other processes running in the background that are forcing the fan to stay on. Go to Task Manager and see which apps or processes are listed with high utilization.

Reducing the number of apps and tasks running in the background will decrease the need for the Surface fan to run so much. If the fan continues running non-stop, try adjusting the power mode.

Power Mode

Power mode is how you chose for the Surface to operate. We often select ‘Better Performance’ on our device because we feel it makes the Surface as it says – Better. But sometimes this setting can do more harm than good, especially if you use your Surface more than the average person.

Selecting ‘Better Performance’ will optimize the operating system of the Surface, making it run faster and processing tasks quicker. This is not a bad thing, but if your Surface remains in this high-speed state for an extended period of time, it can overload the operating system.

The fan will be forced to run more often or, worse, all of the time. This in itself will overheat the operating system. The Surface will begin to lag in its performance until it can no longer handle the heat and it will eventually shut off.

To adjust the Power Mode setting, click on the battery icon in the taskbar. Adjust the power mode setting to Recommended. This setting throttles the CUP, helping it to run cooler without needing the assistance of the fan.

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Environment

The fan is also affected by its environment. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

· When in use or charging, keep the Surface in a well-ventilated area.

· Allow for adequate airflow and circulation under and around the Surface.

· Do not use the Surface on soft surfaces for prolonged periods of time. Soft surfaces such as pillows and blankets block airflow causing the device to overheat.

· Do not use the Surface in direct sunlight.

If the problem persists after trying these suggestions, it might be good to invest in a laptop cooler. A laptop cooler is a pad that creates additional airflow around the laptop. The additional flow of air will help to dissipate heat, especially if the laptop is having a hard time keeping up.

Microsoft Surface Fan Is So Loud

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Normally you do not know the fan in your Surface is running. What does it mean when the fan is loud?

If your Microsoft Surface fan is so loud, search for programs or background processes that are running with a high CPU. Right-click on the Windows logo and select ‘Task Manager’. Click on the CPU column to sort and identify the processes with a high CPU.

Once you are able to identify any running programs or background processes with a CPU higher than 50%, close the programs and restart your Surface. If the fan continues to run loudly, check the CPU for any virus or malware.

Microsoft Surface Fan Noise

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Typically, you should not hear the fan running. What does it mean when your Microsoft Surface fan makes noise?

If your Microsoft Surface fan is making noise, the fan could be defective or dirty. Tilt the Surface horizontally and then vertically. If the fan noise changes, the fan blades may be rubbing against something. Dust accumulation will also cause the fan to make noise.

Fan noise is also a result of the fan’s axle and hub losing lubrication. When the fan is moved or tilted, the axle rubs against the hub, making noise.

Use a thick grease such as RC car grease to coat the hub and axle. WD-40 is not thick enough and is too wet to be used on a laptop fan.

Determining if there is a physical cause behind the Surface fan making noise will involve opening up the Surface. If your Surface is still under warranty or you are not comfortable opening up the laptop, you can take the laptop to a Microsoft dealer and they will service the fan for you.

How To Clean Microsoft Surface Fan For Proper Operation

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Microsoft Surface laptops do not collect a lot of dust like a typical computer or laptop. The intake vents are very small, however, dust can collect inside the tiny vents, making it difficult for the fan to work properly.

One way to clean your Microsoft Surface fan is with a can of compressed air. Do not use your mouth to blow onto the vents because the moisture from your breath will ruin the fan.

Before starting, make sure the laptop is turned off and unplugged. Hold the can a few inches away to avoid any amount of moisture from getting into the laptop’s operating system.

Do not spray the air right into the vents. Using short bursts, spray the air into the vents. Tilt the device as you spray to make sure you are covering the fan.

Do not use compressed air on a daily basis to clean the vents and fan. The air will dry out the lubrication around the fan’s bearing. Cleaning the fan at least every 6 months will ensure the fan is clear of dust and is able to operate smoothly.

To clean Microsoft Surface fan for proper operation, use a can of compressed air to quickly blow out any dust or debris that has accumulated around the fan. Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. The swab should not be dripping wet. Gently clean each vent opening with the swab.

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