How to Prevent Laptop Overheating

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Laptops and tablets are prone to overheating, especially during summer. Unlike desktops PCs, laptop hardware components are in close proximity to each other, thus making a restricted space for passive air circulation. additionally, as the computer gets older, the components work less efficiently, causing these components to heat up to high temperatures quickly.

Dangers of Overheating

If the laptop overheats, it can cause serious damage both your body, the intimidate environment and internal hardware. In fact, there are reports that laptops that run at sub-optimum temperatures can scald a user and cause fires.Due to the dangers of this Sony recalled thousands of VAIO laptops due to possible burn hazards in 2010.

Laptops are designed to allow users to work in non-stationary situations such as having no desks or power outlets available, thus giving the users more flexibility in working. However, working with a hot laptop in your lap can potentially cause male infertility, according to a previous report.

If your computer is under constant stress from high operating temperatures, there is a possibility that it will shorten the lifespan of the hardware inside your computer. The heat may damage components such as the motherboard, CPU, and more, thus, leading to irreparable damage and potential data loss.

Sign of Overheating Problems


  • You hear loud whirring noises from the running fan

  • The laptop abruptly shuts down on its own

  • The computer is struggling or suddenly freezing when performing basic tasks like opening a new browser window

  • Random error messages are popping up in random programs

  • Lines are showing up on your laptop screen (a sign your video card is overheating)

  • The system is suddenly freezing or you’re getting the dreaded BSOD (Blue Screen of Death

How to prevent overheating

  • Check the Temperature of Your PC/Laptop


Fortunately these days Windows comes with its own hardware management program, HWMonitor can be accessed anytime by pressing Ctrl-Shift-Esc>More Details>Performance>Open Resource Monitor – it displays the temperature of the CPU, each of the computer’s cores, video card, hard drives, along with the minimum and maximum values of each temperature.

  • Keep your laptop cool in five ways

  1. Adjust your power settings from “high performance” to a more “balanced” or “power saver” plan.

  2. To keep the cleanliness of your device, use dust remover spray to clean out the laptop’s vents.

  3. Use a laptop cooling pad that has a fan or two.

  4. Keep your working environment or office as clean as possible. You may turn on the air conditioner

  5. Shut down your computer when not in use.


Horizontech Computer Specialists are experts in laptop service and repair. If you feel that our expertise is what you need to keep your laptop running at its best possible performance don’t hesitate to contact us at Horizontech for an immediate hassle free, no obligation consultation.  



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