Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: In the mitten, USA
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Probably a replacement would take care of it... pop it open, find fan specs, few minutes on electronics suppliers sites...
I had a loud fan in a big UPS a while back, so I replaced it with a fan of the same voltage (clearly not the same overall specs) that was LOUD and almost never turned off. Eventually I decided I had to do something about it so I pulled out the original fan, looked up the specs, and found a fan with very similar specs - I think on Newark. I put that fan in, the UPS charged for one minute (with the fan much quieter even when running), and the fan shut off. Now the fan is hardly ever on anyway! Major win, it's the UPS for my theatre closet and having that thing quiet is a huge deal.
You could, of course, also open it up, hold the fan stationary and blow the whole thing out with compressed air. My brother and I have a penchant for doing that to our computers periodically, especially when they were in a dustier environment. And heck, when it came time to clean my refrigerator coils last time, I used the brush a bit but quickly dragged the air line in - which worked marvelously.