Friday, May 27th, 2022

Computer Heating Tips and Solutions

When a PC gets too hot it’s easy to get blue screen errors or other issues that cause it to crash. In the most serious cases, it may even happen that the equipment catches fire. An overheated PC performs worse, slows down, lasts less, and can be annoying when using it. For example, because I burned the bottom part if it is a portable laptop. You may be wondering what is considered “too hot.”

These solutions help refresh your PC and prevent these and other problems. Some are more oriented to fixed equipment and others to laptops. Try the ones that best suit your case. Do not hesitate to combine all possible tricks to reinforce its effect.

Use your PC in a suitable place

It is the simplest and cheapest way to prevent it from overheating. There are several steps you need to take: Leave free space around the PC case. At least 5-10 cm. Especially in the back, where the power supply is usually. It also leaves room on the sides, especially if the case has additional fans in addition to the source fan. When there are fans at the top, do not put anything on top that blocks the air intake.

Try that the box is not inside a piece of furniture or shelf, but “in the air”. And if the furniture has a door, keep it open while you use the PC or at least open it from time to time. Do not use the PC on the legs. This is for laptops, of course. Your body is at almost 40º C temperature. It’s like putting a stove under it. Keep the room cool and ventilated. Do not use the PC in a room that is too hot. Ideally, it should be around 20º C. Also make sure that it is well ventilated.

A closed environment contributes to increased temperature and dust accumulation.

Clean the equipment

The most important thing is to remove dust, hair, and all kinds of things that stick to the fan blades. They make them go slower and cool less. Or they can even lead to them breaking down completely. Important Turn off the PC and unplug it from power BEFORE cleaning the fans. It is also essential to unplug it because there may still be current even with the equipment turned off. A good way to remove dust is to use a finger, even if it sounds weird. You can also use a rag or cloth, but make sure they don’t lose any strands or “hair.” Another option is to buy a kind of specific compressed air sprays to clean the dust. They are effective but be careful with them. If you aim the wrong way, the air blast can rip off a component on the board and damage it. If you have a fixed PC, open the PC case and clean all the fans that are there.

At least there will be the one for the power supply and the one for the CPU. And maybe some in the box itself. It is much more complicated (and dangerous) to open a laptop. In that case clean at least the exterior ventilation slots (where the air comes out when it is on). Repeat the cleaning from time to time. More or less often depending on how dirty you see the outside fans, which are the easiest to check.

Limit the force of your PC

It heats up more the more you force it, forcing its components to perform at their best. One solution is to adjust Windows power/performance options. Instead of putting them on high performance, choose a balanced or energy-saving plan. There are computers that allow what is called overclocking. In essence, it is a way to further force the components of the PC to make it go faster. If you have overclocked your PC, you can lower the temperature by disabling it or choosing a less aggressive one. Overclocking options are usually controlled by the BIOS.

Shut down/sleep the PC

Always leave it off when you are sleeping or when you are not going to use it for several hours.

Put it to sleep for shorter intervals of time when you’re not using it. Laptops often have a button or key combination to put them to sleep. See those of your equipment in its instruction manual. Download it from the manufacturer’s website if you don’t have it. There are computers that go to sleep or hibernate automatically after a certain predefined time. Set that time and other things in the power options of the Windows Control Panel, both for laptops and desktop computers.

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