3 REASONS WHY MY LAPTOP IS A LITTLE HOTTER THAN USUAL
Updated: Sep 13, 2020
Laptops generally dissipate a certain degree of heat, mostly as a result of a functional processor being cooled with the aid of the heat sink and the fan. However, there exists thresholds which must not be exceeded during operation period.
This, however, is not always the case, especially within sub-Saharan Africa which can be notoriously hot. Add the poor maintenance culture of most PC users, and you can imagine how many laptops we see getting fried every week.
A heating laptop is frustrating to say the least, and that is why we have come up with 3 main reasons that have been responsible for most of our repairs in this regard.
Why your laptop may overheat
Your Laptop may be a Counterfeit
As bland as this point is, it is truly a practical reason. In a bid to beat the high costs of purchasing a laptop, many people end up settling for low-quality ones that go for cheaper prices. These products tend to develop problems like overheating very easily.
It is better to buy high-quality laptops by established brands in a bid to curtail issues frequent need for repairs.
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Your laptop may overheat because of a faulty cooling system. This is especially the case with most laptops which are used on soft surfaces (beds, couches e.t.c.)
These surfaces block the air vents on your laptop chassis causing heat to buildup within the fan compartment and by extension the entire laptop.
Also, dust particles and other debris might be obstructing your cooling fan’s pathways, leaving it less functional than it should be. This in turn causes high temperatures.
Your laptop cooling fan may no longer be functional, and your laptop should warn you when you try to put it on, but if you're still using those laptops from 1998, my brother godspeed.
In the recent past, AMD processors ran warmer than their Intel counterparts. Therefore if your laptop is more than a few years old, and has an AMD processor, now you can see why your laptop is capable of frying egg.
These days however, AMD processors seem to function just fine.
Here's a bonus reason most people never think about.
Your motherboard has been Tampered with
Whether you call it fixed, or opened, or repaired. Your laptop may become really hot if there are shorts in its internal circuit.
This mostly occurs if you had issues with your charging port, or power. Again, this is quite uncommon, but we've seen it happen a number of times.
There you have it. To avoid these problems, ensure that you keep your laptop out of heat, ventilate, place it properly, take to a trust worthy repairman, and avoid dust getting into it.