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Remove a system fan

Use this information to remove a system fan. You can remove a hot-swap fan without powering off the server, which helps you avoid significant interruption to the operation of the system.

240VA shock hazard

Hazardous energy present. Voltages with hazardous energy might cause heating when shorted with metal, which might result in spattered metal, burns, or both.

moving parts
Hazardous moving fan blades nearby. Keep fingers and other body parts away.

Before removing a system fan, remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.

To remove a system fan, complete the following step:
The fan you want to remove might be different from the following illustration, but the removal method is the same.

Watch the procedure

A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.

Figure 1. System fan removal
System fan removal

Grasp the fan tabs on both ends of the system fan and carefully lift the system fan out of the server.
After removing the system fan:
  • Install a new system fan. See Install a system fan.

  • If you are instructed to return the old system fan, follow all packaging instructions and use any packaging materials that are provided.