Laptop overheating is a very common issue and many people are not sure how to fix it. In this article, we will help you to figure out what is causing your laptop to overheat.
It is necessary to keep your laptop as cool as possible. Overheating can cause a lot of problems, it can damage the laptop as well as its internal parts. Apart from this, overheating of laptops also slows down the performance.
If your laptop is getting warm, there are several ways to make it cooler. Let’s first understand what makes a laptop warm.
What is laptop overheating?
When any machine performs some amount of work, it releases some amount of energy which can be in a form of heat. It is natural for any working machine to generate heat. To throw this heat outside from laptop, a fan is present. To find out if your laptop is working normal or not, there are some signs listed below to diagnose:
- Sudden shutdown.
- Laptop heats too frequently.
- Feels too hot when you touch it.
- Fan running fast and making noise.
If your laptop is showing any of these signs mentioned above, there is a chance that your laptop is overheating. So, to overcome this problem, we have mentioned a few steps which can help you to cool down your laptop.
How To Cool Down Laptop?
There are some simple ways that can be followed to stop your laptop from overheating. From my personal experiences, I have tried to list down the common reasons and also discussed the solution that you can follow.
#1. Clean Out the Dust
Over time, laptops may accumulate a significant amount of dust that may block the air vents. The heat generated inside the laptop cannot be conducted away from the laptop body. This may be one of the reasons for your laptop getting overheated.
So, it is very important to clean the laptop regularly.
Cans of compressed air have been proven to be effective in fixing this. There is no need to open laptop, Cans would do the job for you from outside only.
#2. Faulty Laptop Fan
In most laptops, a fan is a present whose role is to pull cool air into the laptop to cool the hot air produced by the inside machine, particularly the CPU. Basically, it helps to keep the parts cool. If a laptop CPU gets too hot it will lock the computer, requiring a shutdown and reboot.
If your laptop’s cooling fans are working fine. you will not have heating issues. You can easily check if the fan is perfectly working by placing your hand along with the vents. if you feel hot air coming out then it’s working, if you can’t feel the hot air, then you will probably need to replace the fan.
So, if you see that your laptop is not releasing the hot air, which it should, then you should take your laptop to a service centre and get the fan replaced.
#3. Shut Down the laptop
Sometimes due to a lot of programs running in the background causes overheating. Believe it or not, at this time shutting down your laptop is the best option you have. So, when you feel that the laptop’s temperature has reached to a level that is too high, the safest thing to do is to shut down.
After shutdown, leave it for some minutes so that it can cool down. When the laptop cools down completely then start the laptop. If this method does not work, move to other methods mentioned below.
#4. Use Cooling Pad
The cooling pad is an accessory that helps to reduce laptop’s temperature. The main job of the cooling pad is to cool the laptop down by simply blowing air into the laptop to reduce the external temperature. You can simply put your laptop on the cooling pad.
I suggest you use a good cooling pad. There are many cooling pads available in the market and there are some which are not efficient. So, do proper research before buying one.
And do not take it as a permanent solution because you will not be carrying the cooling pad whenever you go out. You should look for the exact reason for your laptop overheating problem. You can use this as a temporary solution.
#5. Place laptop on a flat surface
A soft surface like your lap can restrict airflow from your laptop’s vents. Make sure you are not blocking the air vents. Putting your laptop on a surface that obstructs the vent from emitting the heat and will result in laptop overheating.
Place your laptop on a flat surface, like on a table which will help the cooling fan to work properly in throwing out the heat.
#6. Reduce the load
Another method of preventing overheating is by reducing the load on the CPU. You just have to close all the programs that are ot in or applications which are running in the background. You may not believe it, but these unused applications can be one of the reasons behind your laptop overheating problem.
To close the applications, just go to your task manager and identify the tasks that are using the laptop’s resources and end them directly. If you are not able to do this manually, there are some apps available that can be used to get the job done.
So, these were some of the most common reasons for laptop overheating. If your laptop overheats too frequently then I suggest you take it to its manufacturer or some local laptop repair shop.
If you have any queries, post them in the comments section below and we will help you.
Frequently asked questions:
The fastest and easiest way is using the application named Core Temp. There are other options like NZXT’s Cam software, Open Hardware Monitor, and SpeedFan.
Intel CPU can usually go to about 85°C before they start experiencing glitches. Above 90 degrees C is no longer considered normal temperature and the temperature for GPU in gaming laptops is considered normal if it is between 85 and 95 degrees C.
The clock speed means the speed of the processor to respond to the different tasks and it is measures=d in GHz. A higher clock rate reduces the loading time. The Gamer would require a high clock speed to avoid the loading time on the screen.