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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.

About this task

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.
  • Read Installation guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Prevent exposure to static electricity, which might lead to system halt and loss of data, by keeping static-sensitive components in their static-protective packages until installation, and handling these devices with an electrostatic-discharge wrist strap or other grounding system.


  1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
  2. Grasp the fan tabs on both ends of the system fan and carefully lift the system fan out of the server.
    Figure 1. System fan removal
    System fan removal

After you finish

  1. Install a new system fan or install a fan filler to cover the place. See Install a system fan.

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

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube