PlayStation 4 has been kicking around for over three years now, and those of you who still own your original launch models will have probably noticed something by now: Your console sounds like a jet engine while playing games. Even if this isn’t the case, it’s probably best to learn a bit about maintenance on how to keep your PS4 in tip-top condition, while those of you who are suffering from noisy consoles are probably looking for a quick solution.
Fortunately, we’ve had this problem first hand with our launch PS4; it sounds more like hair dryer at full pelt than that smooth, barely discernible hum that you would normally associate with a console running in its prime. As such, we can equip you with some handy info on not only how to fix a noisy PS4, but keep it in solid working order.
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How to fix your loud PS4 and make it quieter
Note: this will void your warranty!
Step 1: To start with, you’ll want to open up your PS4 to address the problem. At the back of the console, remove the bottom seals that are covering the screws, which you will need to access in order to get into the guts of the machine. Again, doing so will void your warranty, so do NOT continue if you want to keep your console’s warranty.
Step 2: You’ll need a T8 or T9 screwdriver for this next task. After removing the seals, unscrew the three lower screws counterclockwise on the bottom back area of the PS4.
Step 3: Remove the bottom half of the PS4 by gently pulling it away from the rest of the unit. Again, be careful doing this; you don’t want to damage your console!
Step 4: Chances are you’ll see plenty of dust collected on the vent areas of the cover you just removed, so remove it as best you can.
Step 5: As you would expect, most of the problem stems from the dust that has collected on the fan, which is where you will be focusing your cleaning efforts. If you PS4 is making a hell of a noise when it’s running, then this is the main culprit, so have a look a the fan and see how bad the damage is.
Step 6: You’ll need an air compressor or canned air to remove the dust from the fan. However, be warned when using canned air, as turning it sideways could expel the liquid and potentially damage your console. Keep it turned upright while spraying it on the dusty areas, such as the fan, cover, and anywhere else you can spy it. Whatever you do, do NOT blow air into the PS4 Disc Drive!
Step 7: Once you have completed the process, you must leave your PS4 for 15-30 minutes in its current. Do not turn it on during this time.
Step 8: Insert the plastic cover back into its resting place and screw it back in position. Job done!
Preventing your PS4 from getting dusty - how to keep your PS4 clean
Of course, cleaning your PS4 is all very well, but you’ll want to actually prevent it from getting so dusty in the first place. Fortunately, there’s ways in which you can prevent the buildup of dust and help keep your console in top condition. One of the best ways to go about this is to invest in the PlayStation 4 Dust Cover from Foamy Lizard, which protects it from dust, liquid spillages, UV, scratches, and even family pets. It’s tailored to fit your PS4 fits snugly onto the system; simply put it on when not in use, and take it off when you plan to use the machine.
In addition, you may want to invest in a dust prevention kit, specifically the Aweek Dust Proof Dust Prevention Cover Case Mesh Jack Stopper Pack Kits. This will help stop the PS4 from sucking in dust particles in the first place.