January 9th, 2008, 09:47 AM
How do I clean a power supply?
I have come into possession of a power supply that smells of cigarette smoke, etc. from the previous owner. I have cleaned it out with compressed air and I have wiped off what residue I could get to. That helped, but not enough. Anything more radical that you might suggest?
January 9th, 2008, 01:01 PM
Other than opening it up or soaking it in hot water not really.
If you do soak it make sure you let it dry for a few days.
Neither is recommended though.
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January 9th, 2008, 05:54 PM
I've done exactly that, washed them with soap and water and a scrub brush (dishwashing, angled head, long bristles), rinsed thoroughly under the tap. As suggested, dry thoroughly for a few days.
Done with the cover off, of course.
January 9th, 2008, 06:03 PM
I knew you had done that with PCI cards and keyboards. Didn't know about PSU's.
Certainly have nothing to lose. The odor is pretty bad. I have been in the case-a lot of the things in there are pluggable-both fans, a couple of circuit boards. I ought to be able to remove some of that sort of stuff and concentrate on what I can't move.
January 9th, 2008, 06:36 PM
I never unplugged anything, just washed them as is. I've often removed the fan, but left it connected, to wash it with a toothbrush.
January 10th, 2008, 03:07 AM
A liberal spray of residue free contact cleaner with a brush ought to do the trick.
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