Identifying an Overheating Laptop

There is a difference between a hot and overheating laptop. So how much is much? Below are some signs that a laptop is overheating:

Dangers of Laptop Overheating

An overheating laptop can be dangerous. The heating generated from the laptop can become a burning hazard.
  • In fact, Sony have recalled than 500K laptops, once in 2010 and the other in 2014. Laptop that is exposed to extreme temperatures for prolonged period can have damage done to its internal hardware components such as Processor, Graphics card, Motherboard, RAM memory, Hard drive and SSD. The lifespan of an overheating laptop can be reduced significantly.
  • In particular, Li-ion batteries do not fare well under high temperatures. There are reported cases of exploding batteries under high temperatures.
  • In current research, there are also some indications that while using the laptop on your lap, it could potentially caused male infertility

Testing Internal Laptop Temperature

So, how could you check the temperature of your laptop? There are actually a couple of free programs that can be used to monitor your laptop processor, graphics card and harddisk temperatures. These softwares are safe and easy to use. Some examples are Real Temp and HW Monitor.
Ideal temperatures should be around 40-60 degree under idle load, 70-85 under load.
If your laptop CPU and GPU temperatures exceeds 90 degree, there is a possibility of overheating.

How do I Stop my Laptop from Overheating?

Give Your Laptop a Break

Set your laptop to sleep mode when you are not using it. Your laptop needs a rest. Consumers laptops are not designed for 24 hours by 7 days usage. If you need a workhorse, get a business laptop, and rather get a desktop! When you realize that your computer is becoming unusually hot, you should save your task for another time and shut down your computer for an hour to let it cool down.

Change Your Power Settings – Lower the Brightness

Microsoft Windows and Apple MacOS have built in power settings that can be tweaked to suit your daily usage. Most of our usage only requires less than 30% of the maximum power of the computer, thus set the power options to “Power Saver” or “Balanced Power”. If you need to do intensive work like playing graphic intensive games, you can always switch back to the “High performance “setting under the power options.

Elevate Your Laptop, Ensure that Vents are Not Blocked

Avoid using your laptop on a bed or with your blanket! Use your laptop on an elevated angle to allow heat to dissipate out from the bottom. Soft bedding materials are not heat conductors block the air vents and cause temperatures to shoot up! This goes for your power adapter too. The worst part about this is that since heat is not being conducted out, you might not even be aware of the overheating! This could easily damage the laptop or even cause a fire.

Use Correct Accessories to Cool Your Laptop!

If you are using your laptop intensively for prolonged hours, especially for gamers out there, you might want to invest in a cooling pad. Usually, a decent one will set you back anywhere between $20 and $40. A simple cooling pad can effectively lower the temperature of the laptop by a few degrees easily!
Laptops and ultrabooks are getting thinner and thinner nowadays. Laptop designers have thus make use of the keyboards as an alternative air vent for facilitate air flow. They call it “Breathable” keyboard. For such “Breathable” keyboard, do remember to clean your keyboard regularly of debris. If you like to use a keyboard protector, do make sure you choose one with venting pores built in to prevent overheating!

Clean Your Laptop Often! GIVE IT A SPA TREATMENT!

Debris and dust accumulated over time contribute a great deal to the overheating problems in laptops. These particles clog the vents, fan and exhaust port or radiator of the system thus restricting air flow and cooling. This can be fixed relatively easily by blowing out the vents and fan with air or using a brush to clean away the dust.

There are however other hidden problems that cause laptops to heat up or overheat.
In a humid tropical climate in Singapore, the high humidity and moisture in the air can potentially cause the electronic components to rust much quicker than US and European’s drier climates. Accumulated rust acts as resistance to prevent electrical current flow. To complete a similar computing task, more electrical energy is required to overcome this additional resistance. As a result, more waste heat is produced in the process.

The Thermal compound that keeps the contact of the CPU (processor) and GPU (graphics) with the heatsink tends to dried up after 8 months to a year. The dried compound will not be able to conduct heat effectively from these chips to the heatsink, resulting in overheating. To fix this issue, the thermal paste has to be replaced with fresh ones yearly.
Luckily, most mobile CPUs, GPUs and chip manufacturers have built in protection for this. The maximum speed of the CPUs and GPUs will throttle down so that the operation temperature will not be exceeded. The operating speed will be stepped down bit by bit until they eventually switch off the CPU and thus the system shuts down.

You should make time to clean your laptop once in a while. You will need to open up your laptop to do this. You will need some basic technical knowledge to do this. It is worth noting that this might void your warranty if you do it for yourself. If you do not want to void your warranty you’re better off seeking the help of the manufacturer. Or you can check in your unit with us and treat it with a Laptop Spa and Health Screening to allow your laptop to work at peak performance!

Fan Care

Your laptop should be as cool as you! Don’t let it get heated up! Rid your fan of dirt and dust, inject some performance oil, and stay smooth, cool and happy.

Processor (CPU) and Graphics (GPU) Care

Boost the brains of your beloved laptop! By giving it a fresh thermal paste spa, your brains will always remain sharp and efficient.

Keyboard Care

An intimate caress should always be clean and soft! Don’t allow debris and dirt to ruin the happy moments between your fingers and the keyboard.

Laptop Casing Care

No laptop should be ashamed of how it looks! Make your laptop shine proudly by giving it a good scrub and bath, so it’ll always look smart and pretty.

Laptop Health Care

Vital parts should always be protected! Give them a regular checkup to ensure that your processor, graphics, hard disk, RAM and motherboard work harmoniously for peak performance.