Any serious gamer will know exactly what we mean when we say this “my PlayStation sounds like it’s about to take off”.
That loud noise that comes from your console as you are about to hit a killstreak record is a pretty common occurrence for gamers no matter your gaming platform.
Computers, laptops, Nintendo Switch’s, Xbox’s, and of course, the PlayStation all have this in common.
You may also notice that your PlayStation 4 feels hot to the touch and starts to get a little bit laggy. This can, understandably, be quite worrying, especially when we consider how much we spend on these consoles.
What causes this? Is it bad for the PlayStation? How do you fix it?
We are going to be answering all of these questions and more in our article that has been specifically dedicated to helping you make your PlayStation 4 quieter without taking it apart.
So, if your PlayStation is suffering from taking-off syndrome and you want to know how to fix these troublesome noises, this is the article for you!
What is Inside Your PlayStation 4?
Ideally, you will want to fix the noise issue from your PlayStation 4 without taking it apart.
That being said, it is still important to find out about the innards of your PlayStation 4.
This way you can gain a better understanding of the goings-on inside, and it may even help you to figure out if the problem is because of something inside the console, or something else.
It is normal to feel curious about what is inside your PlayStation 4 (or any console for that matter).
We spend hours playing on them and often have no idea about how they work.
The thing is, though, the insides of our gaming consoles are complicated, and if you have no prior experience of how consoles work and computer building, then we certainly don’t recommend taking your PlayStation 4 apart.
Every single aspect of your PlayStation 4 console is perfectly placed to work in a certain way.
If you take it apart, you risk disrupting this and it is highly unlikely that you will be able to put it back how it should be.
That being said, it can be beneficial to have at least a little bit of knowledge about what is going on inside your PlayStation 4, even if it is just to satiate your curiosity.
It may even help you to gain a better understanding of why it is acting a certain way.
For example, with a noisy PlayStation, there are times (albeit rare) where the issue is inside the console, and knowing what the inside contains can help you to diagnose this, without tally needing to take it apart.
This means that you can take your PlayStation 4 console to a professional and tell them what you suspect might be wrong (e.g. an issue with the fan inside or internal damage).
Underneath the sleek outside shell of your PlayStation 4 lies a mass of wires, boards, and chips galore (no, not those kinds of chips).
There is also the main hard drive, the power supply, capacitors, a disc drive, the motherboard, optical drive board, and the fan (also called the centrifugal fan, but we’ll just call it the fan for short).
The fan is actually one f the most important elements of your PlayStation 4, and if you are experiencing a lot of noise coming from the console then it is likely that the fan is the culprit/ typically you will not need to remove the fan or take the console apart in any way to fix this, and if you do have to do this, we recommend that you take it to a professional to ensure it is done correctly.
If you take apart the console yourself to try and identify all of these different components, then any warranty that you have on your PlayStation 4 will be void.
If anything happens to it as a result of you taking it apart then you will not be covered by warranty and it is also unlikely that you will be covered by insurance!
As well as this, as we have already said, you will likely not be able to put it back together as it was before, rendering the console unplayable.
What Causes Your PlayStation 4 to Sound Noisy?
There could be a variety of different reasons for your PlayStation 4 sounding so noisy.
As we have already mentioned, the centrifugal fan is likely to be one of the main reasons why your device is so loud and sounds as though it is an airplane about to take off.
However, there may also be a number of other issues that can be easily solved that can cause the PlayStation to make this noise.
First thing’s first – don’t panic. These fans can be noisy little things, especially if they have been in use for many hours already.
The fan is there to help to cool down the console if it starts to overheat.
Overheating is common, especially on games that are very heavy in the graphics department such as RPGs and FPS.
The hotter your console gets, the harder the fan will have to work at cooling it down, resulting in a loud whirring noise on the majority of consoles.
As well as this, there are some external factors that can cause the fan to be even noisier.
The main factor is dust. That pesky stuff that makes us sneeze and itch can actually make our PlayStation 4 consoles suffer, too.
A buildup of dust on your console can make the fan work even harder as it will have to fight through the dust in order to work.
As well as this, dust can cause the device to get even hotter resulting in the need for the fan more often than before.
It is a vicious cycle of needing the fan constantly but the fan has to work even harder, thus becoming noisier each time.
This dust does not just coat the outside protective shell of your PlayStation 4 either. It can get through the vents and inside the console!
Over time, this accumulation of dust can cause the fan to fail completely, resulting in your PlayStation 4 overheating even just after 30 minutes of gameplay, and turning itself off as a result.
How to Make a PlayStation 4 Quieter Without Taking It Apart
So, now for the tricky part. Now that you have realized what is likely to be causing the issue inside your PlayStation 4 and making all that ruckus, it is time to deal with it.
Because of the fact that most of the dust is likely to be inside the console and on the fan itself, you may be thinking that solving the issue will be impossible without taking it apart.
However, this is simply not true. We happen to have the perfect solution for you that will allow you to clean your PlayStation 4 with ease and keep it dust free so the fan works perfectly again and reduces the noise it makes.
All you need to do is get yourself a small, handheld vacuum cleaner. One of the portable ones you may use for your car or work desk will work just fine.
Then you simply need to find the right sized nozzle for it and use it on the lowest setting to hoover all the dust from atop your PlayStation 4.
Run the nozzle over the vents so that all of the dust from the inside of the console gets sucked out.
Do not be tempted to use your household vacuum cleaner because, even on the lowest setting, it will still be too strong of a suction for your device.
Use a handheld vacuum on as low a setting as possible and be patient as it may take a little while to get all of the dust.
That being said, it is worth the wait as this method is foolproof, giving you great results and a squeaky clean console in no time.
When you have got all the dust up and feel confident there is no more left inside, it is time to put your PlayStation 4 to the test.
Load up your game of choice and play for an hour or so to see whether the fan is still noisy. If you find that it’s still making a lot of noise then you can repeat the process to see if that helps.
If it makes no difference then it is time to enlist the help of professionals or organize to send it back to the manufacturer to be checked over.
How To Prevent A Noisy PlayStation 4
As you can imagine, the best fix for a noisy PlayStation 4 is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Of course, at this point, it may be too late for that for many of you.
However, now that we have explained how to fix a noisy PlayStation 4, it would be very helpful to know how to prevent it from occurring in the future.
In this section, we are going to be explaining some of our top tips that you can follow to ensure your fan stays working in tip top condition and doesn’t start to get noisy again.
First and foremost you need to ensure that you are cleaning your PlayStation 4 regularly. By regularly we mean at least once a week.
However, this could actually be even more frequent, especially if you live in an old house that is prone to dust.
In our house, dust settles almost immediately after we have cleaned it, and so we like to dust our consoles once a day! Make it a part of your gaming routine.
Before you even switch it on just give it a quick once over with a clean, dry cloth to get rid of any settled dust.
Ensure that you always keep your PlayStation 4 (or any other gaming console for that matter) somewhere where it has proper ventilation.
Make sure there is enough air space around it and do not be tempted to stack anything on top of it, whether that be game disc cases or another console.
Your PlayStation 4 console should stand alone with plenty of room around it.
This will make it easier for your console to cool down naturally, thus reducing the need for the fan to work harder.
Following on from this, it is also important that you keep your PlayStation 4 away from walls and hard surfaces.
If you have it in a unit right up against the surface then it is likely to get very hot as there is no air around it to let off the heat. Ensure it can stand alone without being hindered by walls, units, shelves, and other structures.
Lastly, if you do all these thighs and you are still having these issues, then it may be worth considering what sort of games you are playing.
It is likely that this issue occurs when you are playing graphic heavy games, especially newer releases.
You may find that the issue disappears with lower-quality graphic games. However, you shouldn’t have to stop playing these games.
Instead, consider upgrading your console! PlayStation 4 is now outdated as there is a newer version – the PlayStation 5 – that is properly equipped for these graphics heavy games.
As such, the fan will not have to work as hard to cool the console down as the console is sturdy enough to cope without overheating.
There you have it, our guide on how to make a PlayStation 4 quieter without having to take it apart. It really is as simple as cleaning it regularly.
Remember, always use a handheld vacuum on the very lowest setting and dust your console regularly.
Consider upgrading to a new model if the issue persists, or at least enlist the help of a professional. Above all, enjoy gaming!