The greatest threat for your laptop or PC, except for your coffee, is overheating. It can cause hardware failure and permanent damage. Let me show you how to prevent or fix an overheating laptop and thus improve the performance and extend the lifespan of your computer.

There are many reasons your computer might overheat, but the most common reason is dust buildup on the fans which can trap heat. The problem is that over time dust and other particles clog the vents, fan and exhaust port or radiator of the system thus restricting air flow and cooling.

A sure sign that your computer is overheating is when your laptop or PC’s fan is always running at maximum speed. User may also experience reduced performance because an overheating CPU cuts back its clock speed to escape heat pressure. Moreover, the fail-safe software may trigger a sudden shut down to prevent hardware damage.

People often upgrade their laptops by adding different new components RAM or hard disk or even some new sound card. Sometimes these new hardware can make your laptop use more resources and in turn start heating up more frequently. This usually happens when the installed accessories are not manufacturer approved or recommended.

Incompatible operating System may be another reason which cause overheating of your laptop or PC. Although it’s not very common with new machines however there are cases when installing a new or upgrading your previous operating system makes your laptop start heating up. Windows 10 has been often found to cause overheating in laptops. Similarly like operating system, new drivers can also cause overheating.

Most laptop batteries have lithium-ion batteries that can be harmed by heat. Batteries operate by a chemical interaction between negatively charged anode ions and positively charged cathode ions. When the computer starts to heat up, it accelerates this process and makes the ions start moving more swiftly. The added heat and increased chemical reaction reduces the battery life and amount of time it stays charged. With prolonged exposure to high heat, the battery may even become unusable.

Preventing laptops from overheating should be a primary concern of businesses that rely on employee productivity. Using a laptop cooling pad can help reduce some of the heat from a laptop. However, laptop cooling pads only provide part of the solution since they may mask a more serious internal cooling problem. When possible, clean your laptops regularly and take them to a professional to clean off the fans if you don’t have the expertise to do it yourself. For more handy users, taking the laptop apart with the battery removed and cleaning the inside with a soft cloth often provides a noticeable decrease in overheating

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