PS4 Fan Not Working [4 Easy Fixes]

Maybe your PS4 fan is dirty that's why you are facing PS4 Fan Not Working issue. Learn how to fix the PS4 fan issue by changing the thermal paste or cleaning the fan.

Your PS4 fan is there to keep it cool, but if it stops working, you must fix it asap. If your PS4 fan is not working, it can be because it is dirty or needs a replacement. You can fix it by keeping your PS4 in an open space, cleaning the dust inside the console, changing the thermal paste, and replacing the fan. To do so, here, I have an easy-to-follow guide for you.

Key Takeaways

  • The PS4 fan lets it run smoothly without getting it overheated.
  • If the fan stops working, the console will overheat and shut abruptly. This mainly occurs due to the collected dust.
  • You can fix it by cleaning the fan or placing your PS4 in an airy space.

Why Is The Fan Of My PS4 Not Working Properly

The fan inside PS4 console prevents it from overheating. When it is not functioning properly, the device could get hot quickly, and you cannot keep it running for longer. If the PS4 is used without a fan, its motherboard could melt, resulting in losing all the game information.

There could be many reasons the fan is not working properly, but the major reasons are:

  • Dirt and debris gathered around the fan
  • PS4 is placed in a very closed place
  • Thermal paste has dried

How To Fix The PS4 Fan Not Working Problem

Although the PS4 representatives have not issued an official solution regarding this issue, here I have gathered some simple tried and tested techniques that would aid you in resolving it.

  • Keep your PS4 in an open space
  • Clean the dust inside the console
  • Change the thermal paste
  • Replace the fan

So, without any further ado, let’s just get into it.

Keep Your PS4 In An Open Space

Most of the time, the PS4 fan stops functioning properly because it is placed in a very confined space and can’t get proper air. So, if your fan is not working and you have placed the console in a rack under the television, remove it and place it somewhere airier. When placed in an environment with more ventilation, the fan will most likely start spinning again.

We also have more guides covering PS4 errors like PS4 Share Play Not Working and PS4 Error WS-37469-9.

Clean The Dust Inside Console

The most common reason for this issue is the collected dust inside the fan. It can make your device slower and can also be the cause of your console shutting down abruptly. You can clean the fan by blowing air inside the vents or using a microfiber cloth and compressed air.

PS4 fan cleaning
PS4 fan cleaning

Follow the below-mentioned steps to clean your PS4 fan:

  1. Switch off your PS4 and unplug it.
  2. Now, grab a can of compressed air and a microfiber cloth.
  3. Turn the console over and use the compressed air to blow out the dust inside the fan.
  4. After getting the dust out of the console, utilize the microfiber cloth to wipe the fan.

You can also use the vacuum cleaner to clean your fan. Follow the procedure mentioned below to do so:

  1. Turn off your console.
  2. Turn it over.
  3. Keep the suction head of the vacuum cleaner over the fan and get all the dust out of the console. Be careful don’t put it inside the console or any ports as it can cause damage to them.
  4. After vacuuming for some minutes, turn on your PS4 and check whether or not the fan is working.

Change The Thermal Paste

Thermal paste is responsible for better heat conduction between the microprocessor and the heat sink. The PS4 fans may stop working because of the dried thermal paste. You should get it changed by an electronics expert, as replacing it yourself is quite tough, and you might mess up the console.

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Replace The Fan

If none of the fixes above cater to you, you need to replace your fan. If your PS4 is under warranty, contact PlayStation Support and let them know about your issue briefly. They will assist you and replace the fan of your PS4 console without any extra charges.

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But if it is out of warranty, you should take your console to a professional and replace your fan. After replacing it, your PS4 will be good to go, and you can enjoy your favorite games without it dying.


Sometimes, the PS4 fan does not work properly due to dust and debris, mechanical failure, and overheating and this can result in the system quickly shutting down to avoid harm, or it might result in performance problems including lag, frame rate decreases, or even system crashes. You can fix it by replacing the fan, changing the thermal paste, cleaning the dust inside the console, and keeping your PS4 in an open space

I hope that it has benefited you in some way. If you have any further questions, feel free to comment below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to check if the PS4 fan is broken or not?

The simplest way to check whether your PS4 fan is working is to hear its sound when the console turns on. But if you can't hear its sound, put your hand around the PS4; if you feel the air, the fan is working.

Is cleaning the fan inside the PS4 console easy?

It is not very difficult to clean the PS4 fan, but you should always be careful and use soft hands while doing so.

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