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Is Your Laptop Overheating? Try These 5 Quick Fixes!

If you find your laptop overheating frequently, it’s no small problem. It’s important to recognize the signs of computer overheating before some serious damage is done.

Laptops are full of tiny, fragile internal components that can’t hold up to high heat. It’s essential to keep your laptop running cool so it doesn’t burn out.

To learn about the effects of laptop overheating and five simple ways to cool your computer, read on.

The Dangers of Laptop Overheating

Laptops are compact machines that often run as many processes as an ordinary desktop computer. With processors running and a battery delivering electricity, things can heat up quickly. 

A laptop’s components will be in close proximity. Because everything is packed in tight, ventilation can be a major issue. While laptops usually have vents and fans, sometimes these can become obstructed or are just not enough to handle the heat load.

When a laptop overheats, you could be facing:

  • Poor performance, crashes, and slower processing speeds
  • Ruined hardware components such as motherboards, hard drives, and video cards
  • A decreased lifespan for your laptop
  • A fire hazard
  • Personal injuries, such as scalding and burns

Luckily, these problems can be prevented. You need to know what to look for and how to fix the overheating issues.

Signs of an Overheated Laptop

Do you find yourself wondering, “Why is my laptop so hot?" You probably want to know if your laptop’s temperature is normal or potentially dangerous.

The most obvious sign is excessive heat coming from the bottom of the laptop. If there are places where your RAM, fan, or battery are located that are too hot to comfortably touch, you probably have an issue.

When a laptop is overheating, its cooling fan can be a good indicator. If you notice that your fan is running constantly and loudly, it may be trying to keep up with heat it can’t manage.

Performance and Appearance Issues

Laptop overheating can cause many performance issues when the machine is running. These include:

  • System freezes
  • Slow responses to commands
  • Basic tasks take a long time for the laptop to perform
  • Error messages pop up randomly
  • Laptop shuts down suddenly on its own
  • Lines appearing on the laptop screen as the video card overheats
  • You get the Blue Screen of Death

All of the signs of overheating are noticeable and distressing. They require immediate attention to prevent permanent damage.

Quick Fixes for Laptop Overheating

You don’t have to be an expert to help your laptop out a bit. If you’ve experienced any of the above signs, it’s time to take steps to keep your computer cool.

1. Be Aware of Your Vents

All laptop computers have vents to keep air moving through. The problem may not be with your computer. It may be with the way you’re using it.

Laptops allow us to go mobile with our work and browsing. This is convenient, but it can pose problems when it comes to laptop ventilation.

This is especially true when laptops are used in bed, on your lap, on the couch, or on any soft surface. These surfaces tend to cover the vent and prevent air flow, quickly leading to an overheated computer.

Check your laptop’s vent locations. Some are on the bottom, while others are on the back or sides. If you use your laptop on a soft surface, make sure the vent is open.

Care should still be taken if you’ve checked the vents as soft surfaces can hold heat just like insulation. If you still want to use your laptop this way, invest in a cooling pad.

Cooling pads provide space for airflow between the laptop and the pad. Some are even powered.

Powered pads have bigger fans that cool the bottom of the laptop and usually plug into a USB port.

2. Check Your Processing Load

Your laptop may be running hot because it’s got too much going on. Managing its processes may help it run more efficiently.

You can easily open the Task Manager to get an idea of what is using your CPU. You may be able to control which applications start up automatically or change the order of necessary startup processes. Sometimes this is enough to help your computer processor handle its load.

Also, consider cleaning up your cache and history. Get rid of programs or files that you no longer need. Freeing up space in other areas will improve the efficiency of your operating system.

3. Check Your Battery

This one is simple to check and easy to fix. As laptop batteries age, they become much less efficient. As their efficiency drops, their heat increases.

If you’ve noticed that your battery isn’t lasting as long as it used to and your laptop is getting hot, your battery might be on its way out.

4. Use a Gel Icepack

In a pinch and your laptop feels like an iron? A flat gel icepack placed under the computer is an easy solution that will quickly and comfortably cool you and your laptop.

Use a gel pack that is approximately the same size as the bottom of your computer.

5. Try Compressed Air

Canned, compressed air comes in handy for all sorts of computer maintenance, from cleaning out the keyboard to dusting small components. If your laptop is running hot, it may just need the vents blown clean.

Canned air can blow out dust and lint that can clog up vent screens. It may also dislodge dust from the laptop’s fan, helping it spin more freely. This works especially well if you can easily access your laptop’s fan.

Cool Your Computer for Optimal Performance and Safety

With a little vigilance, laptop overheating can be managed, saving your device from heat damage.

For more helpful tips on laptop maintenance or to find a professional for laptop repair, explore our website or contact us today!

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OriMaster 261
18:27 08 Jan 20
Very nice and helpful people, love the store atmosphere, and fair prices.... Overall a very pleasant experience!read more
Tracy cook
Tracy cook
00:29 03 Jan 20
So far, it hasn't been that great. I took a laptop in almost 2 weeks ago and... haven't heard back from them. When I went in to drop it off, it was like they were getting ready to go out of business. The young guy who took my laptop said he would call me and hasn't yet. I know that we have had 2 weeks of holidays, but other businesses are open again. He made sure he got my $45 first though. I'm surprised by all of this, because I've gotten great service when the father was there. In this guy's response, he says that he can't get a hold of me. What he fails to mention is that he wrote my number down wrong and didn't check his caller ID from when I called last Monday or when I left a message the week before. I left a message last week and he never called me back then either. When he did finally found my number, he chewed me out for everything. He never confirmed anything about the computer, yet acts like he did. So my number is not out of service, but I will not be a customer of theirs more
23:48 22 Oct 19
I went with a problem on my tablet and that is not something they are very... comfortable with but for computers that are used you should check it outread more
Carol Lyle
Carol Lyle
16:43 13 May 19
Am new to the area having problems with tower computer at the time. Was... advised to seek a locally owned business doing computer repair. I did and chose Community Computer Services in Alexandria, Ky. 41001. Did diagnostics as I was thinking problem with hard drive. Wasn't which was great price wise. Was able to clear out all viruses and malware. Saved my pictures and other personal folders and reloaded to computer. Also installed free virus and malware programs. Runs fast!! Also they gave me a week to use to see if incurred any problems. I did not!!! While taking care of tower computer explained how slow my laptop was. So brought it in. Was going to do diagnostics see what problem was. He told me it would be like a new computer. Advised me to use chrome. He saved my files and reloaded them so where I didn't lose anything. Also downloaded the free virus protection and malware. The laptop is brand new to me. It is fantastic!!!! So fast it has to wait on me. I would recommend anyone having computer problems to see Community Computer Services immediately. Very reasonable, courteous and explained things to me where I could understand. Excellent more
Sara housypart
Sara housypart
18:44 03 Apr 19
We took our mac into their store. It was running terrible. They were able to... make it run like it was new. I was surprised on how affordable it was. We will be going there from now on for all of our computer more
Steven Noble
Steven Noble
21:07 01 Apr 19
They did a great job fixing our laptops. We will be using them from now on.
Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore
23:45 31 Mar 19
We have used Community Computer Services for many years now. They do a great... job! The pricing is great as well. If you need a laptop or desktop repaired in Northern Kentucky, then these are your more
Piles Chevrolet
Piles Chevrolet
15:36 20 Feb 19
This is a great place to have your computer or laptop repaired. They are fast,... honest and stand behind their work. I wouldn't go any place else. I recommend everyone to use this company. They give you pricing right up front. D. Hensleyread more
Joe Geiman
Joe Geiman
03:30 25 Aug 18
Always had a great experience dealing with these guys. My computer is running... faster than it ever has after being repaired there. Would recommend them to more
Penelope Kolb
Penelope Kolb
15:03 22 Aug 18
Community Computer Services provides a great services at affordable prices.... Over the past 5 years I have had to replace lap top hardware and treat viruses. Every time the knowledgeable team at Community Computer Services has provided fast diagnostics with a menu of solutions for me to choose from. I highly recommend keeping your technology out of a landfill and going strong with the support of Community Computer more
B Bailey
B Bailey
01:20 22 Aug 18
I have received great service from these guys on more than one occasion. The... prices are excellent as well. They have taken very good care of me over the years. Thanks!read more
Daryl Mullins
Daryl Mullins
04:08 28 Jul 18
My computer quit working just as my wife was in the middle of using it for... Vacation Bible School last night. She was panicking. I began to look online and saw Community Computers near where I live. I checked the reviews and it had a great rating. I called this morning and explained my situation. I was told to bring my laptop in and he would see what he could do. When I took it in I also shared with him another issue I had been experiencing, my wireless connection was not working . He said he would really try to find out the issue so we would have it for Bible School. About 2 1/2 hours later he called to give the good news that the problem was just a bad cord. When picking it up he also told me he gave it a good checking over and tried to repair my non wireless connection for over an hour. He then told me instead of trying to go into the laptop to change a chip which could be costly, he sent me to Staples for a solution of a $30.00 wireless adapter. I was very impressed with my experience Community Computers. I would encourage anyone who has computer issues to check them out. You will not be disappointed. Also, the price I paid was very more
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