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Removing a Fan Module from a QFX5110

Before you remove a fan module from a QFX5110, ensure that you have taken the necessary precautions to prevent electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage (see Prevention of Electrostatic Discharge Damage).

Ensure that you have the following parts and tools available to remove a fan module from a QFX5110:

  • ESD grounding strap

  • Antistatic bag or an antistatic mat

The fan modules in the QFX5110 are hot-removable and hot-insertable field-replaceable units (FRUs): you can remove and replace them without powering off the switch or disrupting switch functions.


Replace a failed fan module with a new fan module within 1 minute of removal to prevent chassis overheating. Before removing the fan module, ensure you have a replacement fan module at hand.

To remove a fan module from a QFX5110 (see Figure 1):

  1. Place the antistatic bag or the antistatic mat on a flat, stable surface.
  2. Attach the ESD grounding strap to your bare wrist, and connect the strap to the ESD point on the chassis.
  3. Using a Phillips screwdriver, loosen the locking screw (three or four turns).
  4. Grasp the handle on the fan module and squeeze the outside of the handle to release the module.

    To avoid injury, do not touch the fan with your hands or any tools as you slide the fan module out of the chassis—the fan might still be running.

  5. Pull firmly to slide the fan module halfway out of the chassis.
  6. When the fan stops spinning, slide the fan module completely out of the chassis.
  7. Place the fan module in the antistatic bag or on the antistatic mat placed on a flat, stable surface.
Figure 1: Removing a Fan Module from a QFX5110Removing a Fan Module from a QFX5110

When a fan module is removed, the CLI message “Fan/Blower is Absent” is logged in the system log, and the system raises a minor alarm.