Why the Laptop is Overheating? Here is How to Keep it in Order

Why is Your Laptop Overheating?

With recent advancements in technology, developers are striving to come up with super powerful laptops for users.

This means that these portable and lightweight laptops now come with strong processors and hardware components all packed in close proximity of each other. As a result, these laptops overheat a lot as there is little or no room for air to ventilate these critical hardware components.

This means that these portable and lightweight laptops now come with strong processors and hardware components all packed in close proximity of each other. As a result, these laptops overheat a lot as there is little or no room for air to ventilate these critical hardware components.

With the passage of time, these hardware components start losing their efficiency as they start displaying signs of aging. This factor also causes the laptop to overheat a lot. Dust and other foreign particles also contribute majorly to the laptop overheating scenario once they start collecting on vents and exhausts. They restrict airflow through the designated vents and hence prevent cooling, thereby increasing the temperature within the laptop manifold. So it is essential that users who face the overheating issue clean their laptops’ vents and exhaust ports on a periodic basis.

 

What are the Dangers of Overheating?

If not dealt with properly, overheating can cause a huge amount of damage to the laptop as it will affect the hardware components. Video cards, motherboards and hard drives are quite prone to heat damage. If these important components are damaged, the lifespan of a laptop decreases significantly.

This eventuality can also prove to be a fire hazard. Even a small spark in a faulty laptop can burn down an entire house!

Overheating can also cause damage to human body, particularly for those users who have the habit of placing their laptop in their lap once they switch it on. Researchers have also said that placing hot laptops in the laps can be a cause of male infertility. So if you want to avoid this dilemma, you better keep your laptop away from your lap at all times!

 

How to prevent your laptop from overheating?

Here are a few tips that can help you get rid of the laptop overheating issue and make the most of your machine.

  1. Take a Break
    Before you start opening the laptop and get all fussed up about your problem, sit back and relax. Try the simplest solution and take a break from using the laptop. It is not uncommon for the machine to get heated up if it has been put under laborious use for long hours! Simply allow the laptop as well as your eyes to relax. Turn on the laptop after a while and hopefully, the problem will have resolved.
  2. Clean the Internal Memory
    Every once in awhile, you should clean the laptop internally. This process ensures that the dust particles have not clogged the air vents, thereby allowing air to flow through the hardware components. You can do this on your own if you are an expert; if you know where every component goes once you’ve disassembled the laptop. However, if you’re not sure about this, contact an expert on this matter.Note: Before attempting to clean the laptop, perform the following steps:
    (a) Backup the data on a flash drive
    (b) Shut down the laptop
    (c) Remove the battery
    (d) Unplug the power strip
    (e) Ground yourself
  3. Place the laptop on a Flat and Hard Surface
    Many laptops tend to ‘cool down’ themselves by sucking in air from the bottom. If there is an uneven surface at the bottom i.e. blanket, pillow, lap etc, the laptop’s airflow is blocked and heat starts to build up in the machine. You can easily avoid this situation by using a tray or a hard surface underneath the laptop. You can also use a special lap stand to allow air flow in the laptop and to prevent overheating.
  4. Purchase a Laptop Cooler
    Laptop coolers serve the purpose of additional cooling. Many laptops suck in air from the bottom and a laptop cooler will prove to be highly beneficial in this scenario. The cooler will blow cold air upwards into the laptop and this will decrease the temperature internally.However, not every laptop works this way as some laptops do not have intake grills at the bottom. In that case, the cooler will only aggravate the problem by increasing the temperature. So be sure to check out how the airflow works in your laptop and purchase a laptop cooler accordingly.
  5. Use Power Save Mode
    You can always use the power save mode to avoid overheating. Overheating can occur because your laptop is using a lot of resources and high power. This results in a hot battery which gives rise to the overheating problem. In order to solve this problem, try using the laptop in the Power Save mode. This will prevent the operating system from using more power. You can apply Power Save mode by selecting the option from the Power Options section in the Control Panel.
  6. Shut Down heavy Programs
    Excessive use of the RAM and hard drive can cause them to heat up and give up on performing optimally. You can get rid of this problem by shutting down unnecessary programs that are using up a hefty chunk of system resources. Less number of programs means less quantum of RAM and hard drive being used.

Raza Ali Kazmi

Raza Ali is content editor and publisher at Sorcim Technologies.