Should I replace my laptop’s fan?

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This is probably a simple answer but I just want to make sure. My laptop is pretty old and it's fan stopped working last week. But today, it started to work again. Should I replace it or continue to use it? Thanks so much. This is on Windows 10.

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Yes. A fan needs to be functional to prevent over heating which can cause a lot more damage to other components. It’s not a job that the home user can do in most cases as it involves a lot of work. Just search Youtube for a video on how to do it and then decide. For mine I took it to a repair shop and they charged me $40 to install a new fan I bought online.

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  • bhannah
    Yes, It should be replaced. In laptops, it is critical that the laptop is kept cool. The laptop if it overhears will abruptly shut down with no warning. Also you risk damaging critical parts of the laptop because they will overheat.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    After stopping. does it stop again? If not and after rebooting if does it work, you can continue with this fan. But if this happens frequently, this is time to change the laptop's fan.
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  • NewNickName
    If this started when you upgraded to Windows 10 it means that it is normal. The hardware has sensors that measure the temperature of the processor and other devices but the old operating systems can not handle this hardware. Do a test: place a DVD with a movie and play, this way you will be demanding the machine a heavy job, if after a few minutes the fan turns on means that Windows did. If the fan is not activated with this then you should call a technician.
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