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Remove a fan module

Follow the instructions in this section to remove a fan module.

About this task

shock hazard
Hazardous voltage, current, and energy levels might be present. Only a qualified service technician is authorized to remove the covers where the label is attached.
moving parts
Hazardous moving fan blades nearby. Keep fingers and other body parts away.
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.

  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and peripheral devices and disconnect the power cords and all external cables. See Power off the server.

  • 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.

  • If the server is installed in a rack, slide the server out on its rack slide rails to gain access to the top covers, or remove the server from the rack. See Remove the server from rails.


  1. Remove the front top cover. See Remove the front top cover.
  2. Remove the fan module.
    Figure 1. Removing a fan module

    Removing a fan module
    1. Pinch and hold on the orange touch points on the top of the fan module.
    2. Lift the fan module to remove it.

After you finish

  1. Install a replacement unit. See Install a fan module. Make sure the replacement unit is of the exact same type as the removed one.

    With power on, complete the replacement within 30 seconds to ensure proper operation.
  2. If you are instructed to return the component or optional device, follow all packaging instructions, and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube