IS YOUR LAPTOP TOO HOT TO HANDLE?
Summer is here – well, on and off at least – and with that comes a host of problems we see every year; a queue of people with overheating PC’s and Laptops.
If the fan in your PC or Laptop is noisier than you seemed to remember, or if your laptop is feeling like you’ve got a bonfire on your lap, then the chances are its overheating and needs attention before further damage is done.
Computer parts don’t like heat. Have you ever heard the expression “fried processor”? It’s exactly that; it got too hot and damaged the core.
Both PC’s and Laptops have cooling systems in them for that reason, but sometimes their performance is hindered by the fact the vents, or even the fan itself, are clogged up with anything from fluff and hair to thick smokers-tar-covered dust. In turn, that stops the fan from venting the air it needs to keep the processor cool, and therefore lies the risk of further damage being done to your rather expensive processor; the brains of the computer.
The hot weather increases the general room temperature at which these devices are working at, and as such can make a clogged fan issue more apparent, as the combination of the two will cause your fan to sound noisier and ultimately end in your laptop overheating.
We are finding with laptops that the current trend towards miniaturization – stuffing faster processors into ever smaller cases – is also increasing the potential for laptops to overheat; the cooling system has to be working at maximum efficiency otherwise just a small drop in it will cause it to get too hot.
There’s also a special thermal paste between the processor and the cooling equipment which helps to conduct the heat and make the cooling more efficient. The keyword there is paste; we generally tend to find in either older PC’s or laptops, or devices that have been overheating that the paste seems to dry out and solidifies, making it near enough useless. That’s why whenever we remove a heatsink and fan from a processor, we replace the thermal paste as a matter of course.
What we’re trying to show is that things happen for a reason with your device; if it’s noisier than it used to be, or if it’s getting hotter than it used to be, then there’s a reason for it – it’s more than likely overheating.
DOES YOUR PC OR LAPTOP NEED HELP?
If you’re suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned in this article then pop on over to our Repair Centre with it and we can give it a full healthcheck.
GOT ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS?
Call us in the Repair Centre on 01642 712393 for a chat and we’ll answer any queries you might have
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