When a laptop overheats, it will slow down, get loud, and be physically hot to the touch. Heat is bad for the components in your device. In today’s posts, we’ll cover some tips on keeping your laptops cool.

Knowing When Your Laptop Is Overheating

The signs of an overheating laptop are usually hard to miss. The most obvious sign your computer is overheating is when it gets hot to the touch. Computers will always generate some heat as part of their operation. If it becomes too hot to touch, your computer is not removing the heat from the system effectively. Additionally, the fans will get audibly louder. If you don’t hear a loud fan noise, and your computer is very hot, it could be an indication of a fan’s failure.

Proper Cooling

As mentioned earlier, a computer will generate heat during normal use. This is especially true when using beefy software, like Adobe Photoshop. However, there are things that you can do to impact the laptop’s ability to cool itself. One way to do this is to block the vents that your laptop uses to exhaust hot air. We see this with students who use their computers on their lap or their bed. A comforter or blanket will trap all that heat in the laptop and will cause cooling issues.

The best way to avoid this is to use your laptop on hard surfaces. Most laptops have rubber feet that prevent sliding but also lifts the bottom of the laptop off the surface it is sitting on. For example, when a laptop is on a table or desk, air will be able to pass under the bottom of the laptop. If you use resource-intensive programs, you can get devices to help cool the laptop. Thermaltake has a laptop cooler with a larger fan to help keep a laptop cool.

Lastly, make sure to keep your device clean. We see both laptops and desktops all the time that are filled with dust, crumbs, and pet hair as these build up and trap heat inside the device. If you are concerned about your computer’s ability to keep itself cool, feel free to bring it into Computer Warriors for a full diagnostic. We can make sure that everything is working as it should keep your computer running for years to come.

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