Overheating Issues

What is an Overheating Issue?

Have you ever noticed in your house, when you leave your ceiling fan on everyday for a week, the amount of dust it collects on it? This is the same thing that happens to computers. When you leave your computer on every day, dust collects in the computer but mainly it collects in the fan, this causes an overheating issue. If this is not treated it will cause your computer to slow down, restart your computer, and even in extreme cases it can fry your motherboard or CPU. Dust gets trapped in the fan making it harder for the fan to turn. If the fan isn’t able to run as fast as it needs to, it will not be able to cool your computer. When your computer is not cooled then you begin to notice that your computer is lagging and restarts often. Eventually, the computer will become so dusty and hot that the circuits on the motherboard will get fried.

How to fix an Overheating Issue for a PC

Follow these simple steps to make sure you are free of dust and from any foreseen disasters.

1. Turn computer off.

2. Wait around 10 minutes for your computer to cool down.

3. Remove the side of the computer case.

4. Locate your canned air. Take your canned air and blow the dust from the Power Supply and the CPU Fan.

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5. While you are in there go ahead and blow away any other dust that you see might be left in the case.

6. Replace the side of the computer case.

7. Turn the computer back on.

8. If the computer runs fine and does not restart your done but if it still runs slow or restarts you may have malicious software on your computer. Refer to our Virus Removal page on how to remove this.

How to fix an Overheating Issue for a Laptop

1. Turn computer off.

2. Wait around 10 minutes for your computer to cool down.

3.Locate your heat sink and CPU fan. Typically your heat sink will be on the left side of your laptop (sometimes in the back of the laptop) and the CPU fan will usually be underneath the laptop.

4. Take your can of air and blow the heat sink out and the CPU fan out until you do not see any dust coming out anymore.

5.Turn the computer back on.

6.If the laptop runs fine and does not restart your done but if it still runs slow or restarts you may have malicious software on your laptop. Refer to our Virus Removal page on how to remove this.

 

 

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