Removing a fan

Use this information to remove a fan in the server.

Attention: To ensure proper server operation, replace a failed fan within 30 seconds.

To remove a fan, complete the following steps:

  1. Read the safety information that begins in Safety and Installation guidelines.
  2. Turn off the server (see Turning off the server) and all attached peripheral devices. Disconnect all power cords; then, disconnect all external cables from the server.
  3. Remove the top cover (see Removing the server top cover).
  4. Reconnect the power cord; then, turn on the server.
    Attention: Operating the server for extended periods of time (more than 30 minutes) with the top cover removed might damage server components.
  5. Determine which fan to replace by checking the LEDs on the system board (see System-board LEDs); a lit LED indicates the fan to replace.
  6. Turn off the server; then, disconnect the power cord again.
  7. Remove the air baffle (see Removing the air baffle).
  8. Disconnect the fan power cable from the connector on the system board.
  9. Grasp the top of the fan with your index finger and thumb and lift the fan out of the server.
    Figure 1. Fan removal
    Fan removal
    Attention: To ensure proper operation, replace a failed hot-swap fan within 30 seconds.
  10. If you are instructed to return the fan, follow all of the packaging instructions, and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.