Overheating Computers

With the blistering heat lately, I thought it would be a good time to talk about heat as it relates to computers. Unfortunately, if a computer is overheating it doesn’t start sweating or turn bright red like we do. This makes identifying an overheating computer a little trickier. Here’s a few symptoms to look for.

– Loud Fans. If your computer sounds like a jumbo jet about to take off, something isn’t right. Dirt (especially in West Texas) can accumulate inside the machine making them need to work harder to keep up.

– Randomly shutting down. A lot of things can cause a computer to randomly turn off, but overheating is one of the possible causes. Computers know what temperature they are at, and if it gets to unsafe levels, it will turn itself off to prevent damage to the hardware.

– Heat! If it’s extremely hot to the touch or is blowing out very hot air, it is a good sign that it’s operating at a higher than normal temperature.

How it Works:
On average, a modern processor inside a computer can run around 100 Degrees Fahrenheit. A Heat Sink is attached to the processor with a compound called Thermal Paste that helps conduct heat between the two. The Heat Sink is then attached to a fan that blows the hot air out of the machine. In a laptop, there is normally only 1 fan carrying all of this heat out. In a desktop, multiple fans are used to direct cool air in, through the Heat Sink, and blow the hot air out of the machine.

If your computer is experiencing any of these symptoms, we can help! We can clean dust out of the fans and heat sink, reapply Thermal Paste, replace Heat Sinks and Fans, and a Tune Up can often help the machine run cooler by not putting the processor under so much stress for simple tasks.

Give us a call or come by if you have any questions!

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