Why Laptops Get Hot

You’re working on your laptop when all of a sudden you notice that it is overheating, is sluggish, and may even shut down. Has your laptop overheated? We’re all familiar with this. It’s the laptop or computer that is so hot that it shuts down. Here are a few reasons why your laptop can get hot and the possible solutions to fix the issue.

Causes of Overheating of laptop

If your laptop is overheating, you’re not alone. Very few laptop users do not experience the high temperatures that come with the typical heavy workload. The biggest cause of overheating is insufficient ventilation. Â The lack of ventilation in your laptop is the biggest cause of overheating. The best way to prevent overheating is to keep your laptop in an area with ample air circulation.

Another reason your laptop overheats is battery issues. If this is a new laptop, the battery may fail. The battery is often the weakest link in any laptop. If your laptop’s battery fails, it will need to be replaced (or at least checked for leaks).

Dust, dirt, and hair can hider the air vents, and prevent proper ventilation. If you are experiencing overheating, try cleaning the vents out with some compressed air. This will help to clear any debris from the vents. If this does not work, check your laptop’s fan settings and make sure that the fan is working properly.

The last reason is that laptop cases are typically made from materials that can easily conduct heat, like metal or plastic.

Signs of overheating

Overheating will cause the laptop to become very hot, and can also cause the laptop to shut down on its own. A sign that your laptop is overheating is when you can feel the heat radiating from the bottom of your laptop. If the computer gets very hot, or if you notice that your computer shut down, turn it off and let it cool down. The best way to check for overheating is by using a laptop case tester.

Fixing overheating problems

For most laptop cases, the best way to fix the overheating problem is to remove the laptop from its case and let it cool down for 15 minutes. This will allow the heat inside your computer to dissipate.

Inspect the vents and fan for dirt, dust, and lint. If you can clean it out, it will help the system to cool down. Change your laptop’s power adapter and/or cord if necessary.

Use compressed air to blow out the vents and fan of your laptop to remove any dirt and dust. You may also want to use a can of compressed air or canned air to clean out the vents.

Change the fan of your system if it is not working properly. If your laptop has a removable battery, replace the battery. If it is not removable you can use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold your computer together and then remove the battery. The laptop will have a plastic piece in it that holds the battery in place.

Prevention from overheating

Your laptop might require to be urgently repaired if it overheats. Ensuring it is properly vented is a great place to start.

Disable hibernation or sleep mode: These settings make your laptop harder to use if they are not being used. If you need to use your laptop while it is off, turns it back on. This will activate the device and allow you to use it.

  • Disable autocorrect features.
  • Update software/drivers: Use the latest software available for your system.
  • Turn off the laptop when not in use.
Mohsin Ali Shah
Mohsin Ali Shah is a tech writer who specializes in laptop and PC hardware. He has been writing about technology for over 3 years, and his work has been featured in major publications such as Thrive Global.