I have owned all types of laptops – Ultrabook, hybrids, Notebook, Chromebook, and even a MacBook. In all of them, I faced an overheating problem. At times, I managed to fry internal components. In all instances, I was unable to claim the warranty because it was somehow my fault. Regardless to say, they were right.
Most of us have developed bad habits while using our laptops. These habits contribute to the laptop overheating problem. Very rarely, there is a fault within the laptop. In most cases, laptops overheat because the fans are blocked. That could be due to either dust or blockage of vents at the bottom or sides of the device. Here are a few ways that can help reduce the chances of laptop overheating.
Put the Laptop on a Solid Surface
Choose your surface wisely. Soft surfaces like beds or blankets often block the vents without your realization. Putting it on uneven surfaces might cause damage to your machine, reduced efficiency, and data loss due to sudden shutdown. It might catch fire as well. Putting your laptop on a solid surface will elevate it.
The solid surface should have some height, for example, a book or a hardboard. This way, the air will pass through vents, and your laptop will not overheat. Ensure that the object is not blocking the bottom fans of your device. Remember, the fans location varies from laptop to laptop. Check where the fans are before placing the laptop on a solid surface. Do not block the air vents/fan!
Buy a Cooling Pad to Avoid Laptop Overheating
A cooling pad is an accessory specifically designed for laptops. In my opinion, they are the best for laptops. They not only elevate the laptop, but the fan continuously tries to keep the device cool. It helps reduce the operating temperature.
Cooling pads are normally used when the laptop is unable to cool itself. The elevation of the laptop helps get rid of hot air, and air generated by cooling pads helps cool-down the temperature. If you are worried about your laptop’s heating problems, you should invest in a cooling pad.
Clean the Device Regularly
Laptops tend to heat up due to dust as well. The dust gets stuck in the vents of the device blocking the airflow. Since the air gets blocked inside the device, it overheats. It is important to clean your device on regular basis. This way the dust mass will not congregate and will be easy to clean as well.
There are many techniques used to blow off the dust stuck inside laptop vents one of which is using compressed air. To do so, blow compressed air in short bursts into all the laptop vents. This way the dust will blow off from the vents.
Short intervals of air busting are important for not damaging internal fans. If this does not work then it is better to take your laptop for service. I will not suggest opening and cleaning your device yourself unless you are a professional. However, to avoid all these complex solutions, taking regular care will help a lot.
Avoid Running Heavy Programs
Some programs are heavy enough to heat your computer. Developing and Coding for several hours is one type of workload that requires 100% utilization of the processor. This results in overheating. Heavy gaming is another cause as well. Make sure to put the right amount of load that your laptop’s processor can take. Every laptop’s working varies because of its processors.
If you feel that running a certain program heats your pc, either do not use it or use it for a short period. Install an application that keeps a check on background processes and ends them if they are useless. Ending the background processes frees up the processor for the running of crucial programs.
Final Thoughts on Avoiding Laptop Overheating
If your laptop still keeps overheating after following the above tips. take it to the manufacturer or repair shop. Let them examine it in detail to avoid any serious problems. Thank You.