My PSU makes this weird noise

FShadow1998

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I used an air blower to clean my PSU last month (I now know that was a mistake).
Since then, it's been making this weird noise. At first it was just after booting and then it would be mostly silent until I shut down and restart. Now, it got more frequent and annoying.

It didn't sound alarming at first because is sounded kinda soft and I figured that the air blower messed with the fan (like it did with another fan in my case).
I recorded it with my phone today and after increasing the volume I realized it's a static electricity noise and got really worried.

This is a clip recorded in idle operation: https://clyp.it/pp3rjap5#
It gets like this more and more often during the day. Sitting at my desk, it sounded soft, like the fan was lightly brushing against something.

This is a clip recorded during boot (I didn't hear this noise sitting at my desk): https://clyp.it/rgyz1su1

Both clips were recorded behind the case right next to the ventilation vents.

The PSU is a 6-year-old Thermaltake LT-450NL2NL.

What should I do?
 
Sorry, but I couldn't hear anything. There are only two sounds that a PSU can make, one is from fan, scratching noise or a vibration, another one would be high pitched sound, so called "Coil whine" coming from a loose coil or transformer.
Do you know that you are supposed to keep fan from turning when blow cleaning them ? A lot of air car make it spin way over what was designed for and ruin it's bearing or generate enough electricity to damage it or connected circuits.
 

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The second link's audio is almost muted for some reason. But the first link (the one from idle operation) is the important one. I just listened to it again online and it works. Maybe if you try it again and increase the volume on the website?



I listened to coil whine on Youtube and it's definitely not that. Now that you said it, it does kinda sound like scratching. Is that good or bad?



I learned after the fact that I should at least keep the fans from turning. But I didn't which is almost definitely the cause of the problem.



Does that kind of damage usually cause severe problems in PSUs?
 

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