The weather is warming up and so is your device! As the temperature starts to increase your Laptop or PC may seem to feel warmer underneath. Dust is being pulled into your laptop through the fans and can build up over time. It’s usually around this time of year that we see more laptops coming in with overheating issues.
What effects can overheating have?
The first and main thing you will notice is the Laptop will get very hot underneath. If you cannot hold the back of your hand on the bottom of the laptop without it starting to burn, it needs urgent attention!
Secondly, you may notice that it’s starting to slow down a lot, this is because more resources are being used to try and bring the temperature down.
Thirdly, it will become noisy as the fans that try to cool the device down will be on full blast.
Can it damage my device?
Yes, by letting your device overheat it can have damaging effects on the hardware! The fan is running at full speed and the central processor unit (CPU) will be under very heavy load as well as being slowly cooked by the overheating, which will cause damage!
What can be done about it?
We can clean it out thoroughly and remove all dust and other things that have settled in the fan or heatsink. We can reapply a special thermal paste that helps with the transfer of heat away from the central processing unit (CPU). All Laptops/PC’s have the paste on already, but over time it becomes dry and crusty and doesn’t work properly. This can make the CPU prone to damage as it’s not protected by the thermal paste.
If your device is showing signs of overheating, please get it looked at sooner rather than later. to prevent any damage. A build up of dust has nothing to do with the cleanliness of a home, even if you hoovered several times a day, dust particles in the air will find their way in! A clean up of a device at Nicom IT Services is just £18 inc VAT. Fans will be cleaned and paste reapplied and temperatures of the CPU checked to ensure they pass the test!
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