Laptops are designed to run within the range of 5-60 degrees Celsius without much harm. Scientifically, temperatures from around 20-27 Celsius are ideal for safe, efficient performance. Excess heat will drastically affect the machine’s life.
But how can you tell how much heat is too much? How could you watch out for possible issues and curtail them? For that, you need to understand how laptop gets heated.
Heat is a by-product of electricity and its intensity varies depending on your activities. More heat is generated from CPU, GPU etc. which requires more voltage and runs at greater speeds to do demanding tasks.
Gaming, watching DVDs, burning, ripping, sharing, encoding, editing or multitasking can get your CPU overheated and eventually lessen the life of your system, ultimately resulting in crashing.
You should watch out for sluggish performance and any freezing which points to overheating. You could also hear the fans inside your laptop which work faster and get noisier as your laptop is trying to cool itself.
Laptops have fail-safe system that shuts off if overheated as a damage prevention method. In extreme cases, the whole system will shut down and to fully restart the system, you need to allow sufficient cooling time. Any malfunctioning hardware would allow you to briefly access files and then shut down again.
The best method is to feel your system. It should be warm, but not hot enough so as to make you pull your hands away in reflex.
Other Aspects of Overheating
Don’t get paranoid about raised temperature. Laptops get heated even without any negative effects. Check if:
- Laptop fan is consistently noisy.
- Your system is heated up, and you don’t hear the fan; your fan might not be working.
- Look out for an abnormally slow fan which shuts the system off by itself and start again or simply freeze the screen.
- Checkout for malware.
- Poor airflow due to blocked vents, bad positioning of components, laptops positioning etc.
Precautions and Remedies
What can be done to avoid overheating? The key is to give it an ideal temperature and dust-free surrounding. Some precautions that can improve heating problem can be:
- Use your laptop in well-ventilated area with temperature less than 27 degrees Celsius.
- Clear-off dust and dirt from fan and vents.
- Give adequate break to your system to cool off.
- Refer and stick on to manufacturer’s instructions on safe usage.
Laptops are easier to cool down, but they also generate excessive heat. Always remember that overheating issues can easily be fixed but the root cause is mostly due to overstraining.
If your system keeps crashing, you might need another fan near the heat sink. But if you are not sure about this, try not to force switch-on the system and permanently damage your CPU.
You could replace the internal fan with the least bit of expertise, but it could make the warranty null and void. The best option is to take it to the geek squad who can deal with it skillfully.