AirPort Extreme Fan Making Humming Noise

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    AirPort Extreme Fan Making Humming Noise

    In the last 24 hours, our AirPort Extreme fan has started making an audible humming noise. What could this mean and can I fix it?


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    OK, I am not an AirPort user so I'm not sure if the fans are 'always on' or whether they come on only when the device needs cooling. Worse case scenario would be that the fan bearings have started to wear out, or slightly less worrying, that the insides are getting clogged with dust. Have you moved the device recently? Perhaps the sound is not from the device itself but something else vibrating when the fans come on?
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    I havenít moved it. The fan is always on. I suspect either excessive dust or as you mentioned, the fan motor may be wearing out. On another forum it was suggested that if it was getting dirty, the fan may be spinning faster to provide adequate cooling. The fan is not easily accessible. Iím not feeling good about the prognosis. May be time to start looking at a new router. And I hate that because this one has been very good.
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