Computers Suffer From Heat Stress Too

We all know that the Texas heat can sometimes become too much to handle, leaving us unmotivated to get any work done. Unless of course, the work involves sitting in a cool dark room with a gallon of sweet ice tea made from the chilly Frio River. Did you ever think that your laptop or desktop computer may be reacting the same way from the heat? At best, excess heat can rob your computer of its processing power and worse, too much heat can cause it to partially or even completely fail. Just like us, heat can be devastating to electronic devices if allowed to get out of control.

At HCTC we recommend periodic cleaning of the air vents with canned compressed air or by using a vacuum cleaner. This may appear to be too simple of a gesture but good airflow is critical to the operation of a computer. If you are particularly adventurous and know how to do it safely, many desktop computers today even have a “tool-less” case so that you can get to the fans and vents without having to fumble with the tiny screws holding the case together.

Just a reminder, we offer carry-in or on-site service if you need it. Take a look at your computer today and see if you have dust starting to clog up your vent screens. If you do, then take action now to prevent a disaster down the road. It’s a great activity to do when its too hot for you to be outside.

Signs of Overheating

  • Fan constantly runs and possibly makes noise.
  • Basic tasks such as opening a new browser window are lagging.
  • Error messages pop up in random programs.
  • Lines appear on the computer screen.
  • System freezes up.
  • Computer abruptly shuts down on its own.
  • Certain areas of the bottom of the laptop feel hot.

What to Do When Your Computer Gets Too Hot

  • Stop using it. It’s not uncommon for a laptop to get hot when in use for extended periods of time.
  • Place laptop on a flat, hard surface. The fan and internal parts remain cooler when the fan is not blocked. Your lap or sofa hinder airflow.
  • Use power save mode. Reduction in power keeps the battery cooler.
  • Close programs that use lots of system resources. Components can become hot when most of the RAM or CPU (hard drive) is in use.