How to Keep Your Laptop from Overheating

In the past few years, most people are picking laptops over big desktops, impeding larger desktops in favor of smaller laptops. But smaller laptops have a smaller, less powerful CPU, RAM, and hard drive. This also leads to a higher risk of overheating. 

Common Causes of Overheating:

Laptops generate heat when they are active. That’s why they have internal fans that draw hot air out of their case and blow in cooler air, which then flows in through the top of the case. When you notice your laptop has a slow and erratic performance, it is possible that it’s overheating

Some causes of overheating are:

  • If fans are not kept clean, the blades may not rotate smoothly. Laptops may not cool properly. Air exhaustion is the biggest problem in various laptop models, Fresh air is circulated into the case and keeps the laptop cool.
  • Old laptop batteries have a chemical inside them called “lithium” which decays over time. When a laptop battery gets older, it loses efficiency and generates too much heat.
  • Overusing the laptop can cause your processors to overheat and your laptop’s fans to spin faster.
  • Using uneven or soft surfaces as a pillow can block the air vents and lead to overheating.

What To Do If Your Laptop’s Overheating

If your laptop begins overheating, the first thing you should do is shut down the laptop and check if its fan is damaged. Then examine its vents, inside and out, for dirt, grime, and other potential causes of blockage.

Also, it’s good to constantly check to see if your laptop is running too hot when you’re using it, or if it’s automatically shutting itself down after a while, in which case you should disable the programs or apps that run at startup.

Keeping It Cool

When you’re using your laptop on a bed or carpet, ensure there is adequate air movement. You should not use your laptop on a pillow and never use your pillow as padding for your laptop as it can block the air vents. Instead, invest in a cooling pad. They raise your laptop and have built-in fans that facilitate better air movement.

Some ways to avoid your laptop being too hot include limiting the number of programs you run when you initial start it, changing the power settings so that your laptop powers down or powers up when it becomes too hot, or shutting down your laptop when it is not in use.

Most laptops are built as plug-and-play devices, but you need to extend their lifespan if you want them to last longer. If you want to, you could ask a laptop technician if he can help you.


Always keep your laptop in good condition. It’s important that you don’t place the laptop on a pillow or carpet. The air vents must be free from dirt and grime. It’s also important to keep the laptop’s cooling vents clean, as dirt can block the vents and cause the laptop to overheat.

Categories How