My first recommendation is to always have a laptop you can use as a backup just incase your desktop fails. Then you can Google search things comfortably without having to use your phone which is kind of a pain to use for these situations because its just easier to read how to articles on a bigger screen. That is just my opinion. Anyways, the first sign that your computers power supply failed is if it doesn’t turn on (DUUUUH! you say lol). The following other things may happen if you have a failing power supply:
- PC won’t start but your case fans spin.
- Recurring failure of PC components.
- Extra noise coming from inside the PC case.
- Blue screen crashes.
- Random computer crashes.
The first step to fix a failing power supply (if you’ve figured out it is indeed the power supply that has failed) is to see if it’s under warranty. Most PSU’s have a 5 to 12 year warranty, it just depends on what power supply you have. I’d recommend keeping it in your PC so you can troubleshoot a few things incase you try to contact the manufacturer as they will ask you to do a few things to test to make sure if’s actually dead.
You might need to unscrew the PSU in order to check the model number and make of the PSU so you can RMA the thing. But if it’s out of warranty, the next step is to save some money and buy a new PSU.
The brands I’d recommend for a new power supply is:
- PC Power & Cooling
The last thing to do would be to take your old (dead) power supply to a recycling center. Depending on where your located, there are multiple different ways to recycle broken electronics like a dead power supply. Like in Canada, we have a Return-It Depot where we can take this kind of stuff, and it costs nothing to drop off these things. So look into your local landfill, or a company like Return It, see whats out there. I mean, you don’t just want to throw the thing in the garbage, that’s not really biodegradable.