Computer Overheating Problems

Computer Overheating

Is Your Computer Overheating?

Are you having trouble with your computer overheating? Overheating is a problem that can reduce the life of your computer. So, addressing your computer’s overheating quickly can help to extend the life of your computer. Computers generally come equipped with a cooling system to prevent your PC from overheating. But if your PC is overheating, that can be due to one or more of the following reasons:

  • Pet hair and dust: dust build ups (including pet hairs) inside your PC can act like insulation that traps heat inside your PC, causing it to overheat. In addition to dust, if you or anyone in your household vape, use a humidifier, or simply live in a humid area, that moisture and humidity can create sticky layers of dust. Therefore, your laptop or desktop may require detailed cleaning to get the stuck-on dust off. Parts of your computer’s cooling system may need replacing in extreme cases.
  •  Dried thermal paste: thermal paste helps to pull heat from your system. Your PC’s thermal paste can dry up over time due to inadequate cooling or high-performance usage of your PC. The consensus is that you should replace the thermal paste on your computer’s CPU (Central Processing Unit) or dedicated GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), every 2–3 years to prevent them from overheating.
  • Poor configuration of system fans: The configuration of system fans helps to direct the airflow to keep your computer cool. When configured incorrectly, your PC’s fans can impede airflow, causing heat to buildup inside your computer. You can fix this by checking and following the installation guide from your system fan’s manufacture, or you can have a professional do it for you.
  • Cooling System Issues: Not all cooling systems are created equal. If your computer is overheating, and dust or bad cooling fans are not the issue, then your PC’s cooling system might be the issue. For liquid cooling systems that can mean a bad or weak pump. Either way, your PC’s cooling system will need to be replaced.      

More Reasons Why Your PC Overheats

The above are just a few reasons why your PC might be overheating. Computer viruses or multiple processes running at once can also cause your computer to overheat. If you have tried e-dusting your computer or replacing the thermal paste, but still have trouble with your computer overheating, take your computer to your trusted local computer repair shop for service.