Is your Nintendo Switch making weird noises? Getting really hot to the touch? Overheating every time you try playing games in docked mode? Congratulations. The fan inside your Switch is probably busted. At least that’s what happened in my case. Based on the research I did, it seems like this is an unfortunate reality for many Nintendo Switch owners.
A broken fan sucks, but it’s not a death sentence for your console. Even if you’re out of warranty, this is something you can probably fix on your own. I went through this process myself and it addressed all of the ailments my Switch was suffering from.
If you’re willing to perform this procedure on your console, here’s a step-by-step guide to follow along with!
For a few months now, I’ve started to notice my Switch getting louder than usual. It started out as an infrequent occurrence. As the situation developed, the sound of the fan whirring at warp speed became the norm. These days, it will inevitably overheat and auto shut off when played in docked mode. Haven’t managed to overheat the console in portable mode just yet, but the console does get very hot to the touch with extended play. My gut says that the Switch will survive a bit longer in open air vs. within the confines of the dock.
Based on my research and the grumbling sound emanating from my Switch these days, it seems like the internal fan has kicked the bucket. The system isn’t completely unplayable right now, but it feels like an inevitability at this point. Not the news I want in the midst of a global pandemic.