Overheating is a common issue with laptops especially aging laptops. Very often, laptop overheating is not a serious problem and you can fix overheating following some simple tips. Lack of adequate airflow within the laptop and inadequate cooling are the common causes for laptop overheating. Sometimes, internal hardware problems might cause overheating as well. If the cooling fan of your laptop is running at maximum speed and creating noticeable sound, you should check your laptop for overheating.
Here are some simple yet useful tips to prevent your laptop from overheating:
Raise your laptop
Overheating could be brought about by poor ventilation beneath the laptop. This is easily addressed through placing a book below your laptop. The idea is to expose the vents located below the laptop. The fan uses the air coming in though these vents to make sure the laptop operates at optimal temperature.
Use a flat and hard surface while working on your laptop
Despite being called a laptop, it’s ill advised to place it on your laps, on a duvet (for those who love working from their beds) or a rough surface while working. These surfaces tend to block the ventilation which will result in crazy heating. The thin rubber stumps at the bottom of your machine are designed to give it just a slight elevation that allows air circulation. If the surface is not flat or hard the elevation is lost.
Dust your laptop (very carefully)
Anytime you feel like your machine is heating up place your fingers on the fan ventilation. If there is hot air blowing from the vents, then the fan is functioning well. Goes without saying that if there is little or no air blowing then we have a problem. We could have anything obstructing the ventilation. This includes but is not limited to; dust, fur from your pets, ash from your ash tray and many more impurities. If you are courageous enough, you can always open up your laptop and blow out any dirt preferably using compressed air. For those of us who are not sure about this please engage a professional to do it for you. Always ensure you use your machine in a clean environment and make vacuuming it a regular practice.
Purchase a laptop cooling pad or cooler
There are various coolers that work in their own unique ways. Some absorb heat, others blow air into the laptop to aid in cooling. Your ideal cooler is dependent on the placement of the cooling vents on your laptop
Protect your laptop from extreme heat
Sometimes your laptop will overheat as a result of exposure to heat sources like direct sunlight, or when working close to a furnace on those cold days. The extreme temperature might damage your hard drive or battery. It is thus advisable shield your laptop from these elevated temperatures.
Reduce the workload on the laptop by using software solutions
There are different ways of doing this. The simplest is to engage the power saving mode. Alternatively, you can close the programs that heavily engage the RAM or the CPU. Reducing brightness and the CPU clock speed are also viable alternatives. The idea behind the software fixes is to reduce the load on the system resources. This will in turn reduce the heat being generated. The downside to using software fixes however is that you will have to contend with reduced performance.
Laptop overheating can cause serious damage to the machine hardware like the hard drives, mother boards and batteries. If left unchecked, it may lead to permanent damage to your machine. It is also a fire hazard and may result in combustion and even scald you in extreme cases.
Your laptop overheating is however not always the end of the road. Below is a first aid guide on the initial steps when you realize your laptop is overheating.
- Shut it down to enable it cool off.
- Remove it from the source of heat if it was exposed and put it in a cool and dry location.
- Remove the battery and let it stay for fifteen minutes.
- Use a vacuum cleaner to dust the fan which will help with the congestion.
- If the situation persists, seek professional diagnosis.