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2021/05/13 14:42:06 (permalink)
My PC has been offline for over a month while trying to replace my dead video card and I was going to give it a good air dusting before using it again but I was unsure whether it is advisable to blow out any dust in the PSU with canned air or not. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/13 15:16:48 (permalink)
    That's fine.

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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/13 23:33:06 (permalink)
    Dust it out without disassembling.
    Especially if you have turned it on recently,
    PSU components can store charge for some time and it can be lethal.

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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/14 00:38:37 (permalink)
    it is recommended to clean your pc at least every 6 months....so it wont hurt your PC :) my question for u is how in the world you got a new GPU....in this crisis :)

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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/14 18:35:53 (permalink)
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    it is recommended to clean your pc at least every 6 months....so it wont hurt your PC :) my question for u is how in the world you got a new GPU....in this crisis :)


    Hah, well to tell you the truth I actually haven't gotten a new one. A good friend who I knew through World of Warcraft had a Titan X that she rarely used anymore after getting a 2080 and she sent that to me. I'm extremely grateful because I've had zero luck with the Newegg Shuffles and Best Buy drops despite trying for nearly two months. I don't actually know if it survived shipping yet as it just arrived today and I'll probably wait until tomorrow to clean my PC and test it as I got my second vaccination yesterday and I'm really fatigued. Hopefully it works and for long enough that I can secure a new replacement before this one wears out.
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/14 18:39:16 (permalink)
    It never hurts to use canned air or a vacuum made for use on electronics on a PSU. It’s best to dust it out regularly and I have a reminder on my phone set up for it. If you did it recently then it’s still fine probably but it never hurts to do it again.

    The two things never to do is try to take apart a PSU or use something not intended for electronics to dust with. I have heard horror stories of people using air compressors on PC’s before.
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/14 19:03:53 (permalink)
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    It never hurts to use canned air or a vacuum made for use on electronics on a PSU. It’s best to dust it out regularly and I have a reminder on my phone set up for it. If you did it recently then it’s still fine probably but it never hurts to do it again.

    The two things never to do is try to take apart a PSU or use something not intended for electronics to dust with. I have heard horror stories of people using air compressors on PC’s before.


    Yikes. An air compressor sounds like it would be a teeny bit too powerful...

    Unfortunately I don't have a vacuum for electronics but I do have plenty of canned air.
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/16 11:21:58 (permalink)
    One more question. It's been about 2 years since installation and I'm ashamed to say that this is the first dusting I've given this PSU. I left the PSU inside the case (Corsair Carbide Series Air 540) and blew air through the intake. I did not see any dust or dust bunnies blowing around inside but I'm a bit anxious about the thought of not seeing something in there from the limited angle and causing a short. Do you think it is advisable to remove the PSU entirely and dust it out from all angles? The only reason I ask instead of simply doing it is because my hands are not very steady because of medication and it makes removing the PSU and cables and hooking them back up difficult on my own. Thanks for any help!
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/16 11:31:10 (permalink)
    vacuum from both open ends if possible - that is the fan side & the mesh end facing out the back of the case
     
    If you "intake" fan side of PSU - faces outside of the case & your case has a filter - don't forget to clean the filter
     
    If the "intake" fan is inside the case - be careful not to hit anything while trying to clean it
     
    Amount of dust accumulated, would depends on the environment your PC is in

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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/16 11:47:04 (permalink)
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    vacuum from both open ends if possible - that is the fan side & the mesh end facing out the back of the case
     
    If you "intake" fan side of PSU - faces outside of the case & your case has a filter - don't forget to clean the filter
     
    If the "intake" fan is inside the case - be careful not to hit anything while trying to clean it
     
    Amount of dust accumulated, would depends on the environment your PC is in


    Unfortunately I don't have a vacuum suitable for this so I'm pretty much stuck with canned air.
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/16 12:40:00 (permalink)
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    It never hurts to use canned air or a vacuum made for use on electronics on a PSU. It’s best to dust it out regularly and I have a reminder on my phone set up for it. If you did it recently then it’s still fine probably but it never hurts to do it again.

    The two things never to do is try to take apart a PSU or use something not intended for electronics to dust with. I have heard horror stories of people using air compressors on PC’s before.


    Yikes. An air compressor sounds like it would be a teeny bit too powerful...

    Unfortunately I don't have a vacuum for electronics but I do have plenty of canned air.


    You just turn down the PSI on the compressor to a safe pressure.  

    And there are several options for reasonable prices on Amazon and other retailers.  I would recommend the XPower electronics duster.   Those things will save you money in the long run if you start adding up how much your spending on canned air.

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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/16 15:30:14 (permalink)
    How long after blowing out my PSU with canned air should I wait before plugging everything back in and powering up?
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/16 16:20:08 (permalink)
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    How long after blowing out my PSU with canned air should I wait before plugging everything back in and powering up?



    No need to wait.

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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/16 16:41:12 (permalink)
    I use a datavac electric duster to clean out my electronics every once in a while. Just be sure to put something to prevent the fans from spinning and you're good to go. If you do this on a regular basis, no need to take things apart, which you shouldn't do anyways unless it's pretty much close to eol and you just want to to extend the useful life a bit.
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/16 16:49:45 (permalink)
    This is the one that I use. Had it for over a decade and still going strong. The newer models are readily available on Amazon for about $84 and worth it as the amount you save on compressed air cans add up fast.

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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/16 16:55:58 (permalink)
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    This is the one that I use. Had it for over a decade and still going strong. The newer models are readily available on Amazon for about $84 and worth it as the amount you save on compressed air cans add up fast.


    Thats the one I have as well.  Can't remember how long I've had it.  Probably 5-6 years.  My only complaint about it is that the case gets pretty toasty.
     

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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/16 17:01:41 (permalink)
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    This is the one that I use. Had it for over a decade and still going strong. The newer models are readily available on Amazon for about $84 and worth it as the amount you save on compressed air cans add up fast.


    Thats the one I have as well.  Can't remember how long I've had it.  Probably 5-6 years.  My only complaint about it is that the case gets pretty toasty.
     

    Yeah, it does get warm but I don't pay too much attention to it.... the components are designed to run hotter than the warm air can ever get to.

    The datavac is probably one of the top 5 best tool I bought. I use it on my regular house fans on a regular basis and behind my media center... easier to blow all the dust out and vaccum than moving everything out....lol
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/19 08:57:15 (permalink)
    I just air compressed my entire case and there's definitely less heat coming out of my PSU.
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/19 09:15:50 (permalink)
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    I just air compressed my entire case and there's definitely less heat coming out of my PSU.

    Nice. Depending on your environment, you should dust out your case at least a couple times a year, more often if you have pets that shed a lot.
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/05/20 18:32:18 (permalink)
    +1 for electronic air dusters. No more need for canned air! Have had mine quite a while and it still does a great job.

    I have an EVGA power supply from many years ago and it is still going strong. I just looked at whether it would qualify me for elite status, but no luck. Regardless, glad that it's powered many wonderful computer things for me over the years. EVGA has already done me a solid in that respect. I dust 'er out like the rest of the PC.
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/06/01 14:52:51 (permalink)
    I have to vacuum and blow my components fairly often due to hardwood floors and being in California, Trust me investing in a compact tool to do things more efficiently and easily will save you a lot of heart ache. The amount of time I've saved zipping through the case,mobo,and power supply with a tiny tool is actually nuts. 
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/06/01 20:46:17 (permalink)
    Wish there was an all in one solution to eliminate dust.   Water-cooling or Air Cooling solution that separates the airflow completely from the components - so you just clean the fans and radiator and no dust enters.  Filters slow airflow.  
     
    What ever happened to the anti-dust book cover from back to the future 2?   Make PC parts out of this.  Statically charge the plastic to repel? 

    How about you train a team of ants to continuously remove dust particles and live within the case!  Eating dust and pooping cold air.
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/06/02 01:19:44 (permalink)
    So the Microcenter guy recommended me to clean the PC every 6 months and use some type of either anti-static broom or a blower to get rid of all the dirt and debris. So, I think it should be okay
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/06/02 07:05:15 (permalink)
    It is never a bad idea to blow out your computer with compressed air or something like a datavac blower. PSU's hold a lot of dust, especially if the fan runs 100% of the time.
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/06/02 09:05:38 (permalink)
    Yeah 3 weeks isn't bad. But try and clean the dusk every year for sure, Ive seen too many dust builds haha.
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/06/02 09:11:35 (permalink)
    It's fine to dust out your PSU, you can also take it appart just fine, it's not a very complex piece of hardware inside but do note that you might void the warranty doing that.
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/06/02 11:55:46 (permalink)
    definitly dust it off
     
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/06/03 08:04:41 (permalink)
    Yes, always try and keep the case and internals dust free as much as possible. Dust is a computers demon lol. I have a datavac electric duster and it's highly recommended, but canned air works just fine.
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/06/03 10:52:51 (permalink)
    Compressed air should be good. It’s always good to clean out if you haven’t used in a while
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    Re: Should I dust out my PSU? 2021/06/03 16:50:55 (permalink)
    canned air is fine
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