What you’ll find in this guide:
- Use Fan Speed Software
- Clean Your Hardware Regularly
- Kill Unnecessary Tasks
- Buy A Laptop Cooler
- Update your computer
You just got a new laptop, but something just doesn’t feel right. Even though is new, the fan of your laptop is louder than it should be, which is very annoying. But don’t worry, here are a few solutions if your brand-new laptop is too loud.
Solutions to reduce laptop fan noise
Solution 1: Use Fan Speed Software
Sometimes the solution is to keep your fan speed under control with a software. And SpeedFan is probably the best program for that. SpeedFan allows you to set the speed limits of your fan, because default hardware drivers often tend to use it more than necessary, and this can cause the additional noise. So with this software, you’ll be able to keep your laptop quieter under safe temperatures.
But keep in mind, it is a very bad idea to overheat your computer in order to make it quieter. It is recommended to keep your fan speed to acceptable levels, but extremely forcing your fan to work faster can really affect the lifespan of your system. So, basically the best thing you can do is to let SpeedFan to keep your fan at its default speed.
Solution 2: Clean Your Hardware Regularly
Your laptop can, and definitely will pick up some dust over time. Presence of dust and other dirtiness will definitely affect the performance of your fan, even if it’s new. So take your time to completely clean your hardware and remove all dirtiness. This will not only be good for your fan, but for the whole computer.
But be careful, incorrect cleaning of your hardware could be dangerous sometimes, because you may damage some components of your laptop. So here’s a video which will show you how to properly clean your laptop, without any damaging actions.
Solution 3: Kill Unnecessary Tasks
It is also possible that your laptop‘s fan is too loud because you’re forcing it to work more than it can. So try to slow it down, and kill some unnecessary processes. If you’re running more tasks than you should, your CPU will get hotter and hotter, and this will definitely will affect the work of your fan. If you kill unnecessary tasks, you will do a huge favor to your system, fan and your ears, as well.
First thing you can do to kill unnecessary tasks is to disable unnecessary programs at startup. This will get you rid of all programs that you maybe even don’t notice running and overloading your CPU. If you don’t know how to disable programs at startup, do the following:
- Press Windows key and R at the same time to open Run box.
- In the Run box type msconfig and click OK
- Go to Startup bar and simply uncheck processes you don’t want to run when you turn on your system
- Click Ok.
Solution 4: Buy A Laptop Cooler
It seems that laptops are getting hotter and hotter. While older models of laptops needed more than a year to start heating, it looks like the new ones require a laptop cooler from the first day. This solution might require some extra money from you, but if you have no other choice, you should definitely consider it.
Coolers will control the temperature of your laptop, providing you with a nice working, stable computer for everyday use. Coolers are not good idea if you use your laptop on the go, but if you use it for doing a long-lasting work at home, cooler will definitely be a great choice.
Solution 5: Update your computer
Sometimes, loud fan noise issues may be triggered by software-related problems. For example, Microsoft may release an update that’s not so well optimized and this may put a strain on your computer resources. As a result, you machine will try to keep temperature under control by increasing fan speed.
Obviously, the tech giant usually fixes this kind of technical issues quite quickly with the help of hotfixes. So, maybe the pending updates focus on this exact issue. Installing the latest patches may help you fix abnormal fan noise issues.
If you have any other solutions for a noisy fan problem, we would love to hear them, so please share it with us in the comment section.
Here are some additional guides to fix loud laptop fans:
- CPU Fan Makes Noise in Windows 10, 8.1: Try these fixes
- Laptop overheating on Windows 10? Check these 4 solutions
- When your PC doesn’t turn on but its fans do, here’s what to do
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in January 2015 and was revamped and updated in October 2018 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.