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Electronics and water don't mix. I'm not sure if this is a troll thread or a case of serious inexperience.

heatsink isn't electronic
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Yeah, I would personally advise against running anything in your computer through a dishwasher. Your dishwasher could potentially reach temps of 140-150 degrees fahrenheit. You also don't really know what impurities are in your tap water, and some of the heavier metals could create enough potential for electricity to travel from one point to another. So, I'm not saying you CAN'T run things like your mobo through a dishwasher, but I'd probably laugh at anyone who told me they did it in person.

As for the fans, once again, impurities in the water could collect inside of the fan creating resistance which could eventually cause your fans to burn up. You're also going to need to relubricate them, which means there is NO GAURANTEE that they are going to work again once your dishwasher has removed the oil.

Use isopropyl alchohol to clean your components. If you care about trying to salvage them without damaging them, don't use the dishwasher. I wouldnt even advise submerging them in water at all.

If you've created this thread just to argue with everyone who is trying to tell you not to do it, then why did you ask the question to begin with? You asking the question should tell you that you aren't confident enough in your own answer from the get go. I'm not saying your fans wont work anymore, but I can't promise you that they will if you toss them in your dishwasher. If you clean them up properly by either removing the fan blades from the housing and cleaning only the blades in such a fashion, or simply clean them using isopropyl, I'm confident that the fans should be operable barring any other damage you could potentially cause dismantling them without knowing what you're doing. Also, don't reapply lubricant liberally. The last thing you want is oil being flung all over everything in your nice clean case the moment you power it back on.

Edit: On second thought, if the OP insists on being right here, then to you I say go ahead and do it. I'd love to see a youtube post of the whole thing. To any inexperiened reading this whom sincerely came here looking for a good answer, DON'T PUT ANY COMPUTER COMPONENTS INTO THE DISHWASHER. Your dishwasher is for dishes, not motherboards and computer fans.
Edited by Arimis5226 - 1/30/13 at 7:36am
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Yeah, I would personally advise against running anything in your computer through a dishwasher. Your dishwasher could potentially reach temps of 140-150 degrees fahrenheit. You also don't really know what impurities are in your tap water, and some of the heavier metals could create enough potential for electricity to travel from one point to another. So, I'm not saying you CAN'T run things like your mobo through a dishwasher, but I'd probably laugh at anyone who told me they did it in person.

As for the fans, once again, impurities in the water could collect inside of the fan creating resistance which could eventually cause your fans to burn up. You're also going to need to relubricate them, which means there is NO GAURANTEE that they are going to work again once your dishwasher has removed the oil.

Use isopropyl alchohol to clean your components. If you care about trying to salvage them without damaging them, don't use the dishwasher. I wouldnt even advise submerging them in water at all.

If you've created this thread just to argue with everyone who is trying to tell you not to do it, then why did you ask the question to begin with? You asking the question should tell you that you aren't confident enough in your own answer from the get go. I'm not saying your fans wont work anymore, but I can't promise you that they will if you toss them in your dishwasher. If you clean them up properly by either removing the fan blades from the housing and cleaning only the blades in such a fashion, or simply clean them using isopropyl, I'm confident that the fans should be operable barring any other damage you could potentially cause dismantling them without knowing what you're doing. Also, don't reapply lubricant liberally. The last thing you want is oil being flung all over everything in your nice clean case the moment you power it back on.

Edit: On second thought, if the OP insists on being right here, then to you I say go ahead and do it. I'd love to see a youtube post of the whole thing. To any inexperiened reading this whom sincerely came here looking for a good answer, DON'T PUT ANY COMPUTER COMPONENTS INTO THE DISHWASHER. Your dishwasher is for dishes, not motherboards and computer fans.

I decided not to do the fans, just the heatsink. lol i've done mobo in the sink though before though
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post #14 of 23
you can.
anytime i fix a computer i strip everything down and toss it into the dishwasher to save time.. including the heatsinks.
more so when the computer comes to me and stinks of smoke.

i give fans about 3 days to dry.. but you'll want to strip down the fan from the body so that it can dry faster.
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You also don't really know what impurities are in your tap water, and some of the heavier metals could create enough potential for electricity to travel from one point to another.

you dont just magically get electric from impure water.
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you dont just magically get electric from impure water.

No, what he's saying is deposits from metals in the water could bridge traces/resistors/etc on the board causing a short.
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No, what he's saying is deposits from metals in the water could bridge traces/resistors/etc on the board causing a short.

oh, gotcha.
yeah if you run it threw the dishwasher you then have to go over the board with alcohol.
i have filtered water so this isn't an issue for me, however i still do it..

my typical cleaning goes
1.) compressed air
2.) dishwasher
3.) alcohol
4.) compressed air
5.) wait 3 - 7 days if it has to be rushed out the door.. otherwise just get to it w/e i can.

its important to remove the battery from the motherboard and make sure that all capacitors are discharged before introducing water to the system.
as for the dishwasher heat, that's not really an issue because lead free solder melts around 270c. dishwasher is around 65c, pretty low.
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Dont do it!!....
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oh, gotcha.
yeah if you run it threw the dishwasher you then have to go over the board with alcohol.
i have filtered water so this isn't an issue for me, however i still do it..

my typical cleaning goes
1.) compressed air
2.) dishwasher
3.) alcohol
4.) compressed air
5.) wait 3 - 7 days if it has to be rushed out the door.. otherwise just get to it w/e i can.

its important to remove the battery from the motherboard and make sure that all capacitors are discharged before introducing water to the system.
as for the dishwasher heat, that's not really an issue because lead free solder melts around 270c. dishwasher is around 65c, pretty low.

^^ This is great advice!
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If I have to throw my motherboard in the dishwasher, I would probably be sitting beside the dishwasher until it finishes lol.
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