Laptop Overheating? Here’s how To Fix It

It’s quite normal. When laptops start getting a little old, overheating is almost inevitable. But we’re here to help. Read on to figure out what causes the overheating and how to cool it down.


Search for your laptop’s air vents. Most laptops have them on the bottom, while some may have them on the back panel. If you see multiple vents, that’s because some are intake vents that pull air into the laptop, and others are outflow vents that blow air out of the laptop.

Check how air is flowing in and out when the laptop is running. If there isn’t much airflow, that’s probably because of dust accumulation in the vents. Use short bursts from a can of compressed air to blow the dust out. If you can open your laptop’s panels easily, remove them, lift the fan out and blow the dust out with short compressed air bursts.

Blow out the fan’s bay too. If the fan isn’t spinning smoothly, try lifting the sticker off the axle and putting a drop of mineral oil or contact cleaner to free it up. If it’s too jammed with dirt or debris and probably needs replacing, then look for the part number in the laptops manual or search using your laptop’s model number online and order a replacement.

Dying Batteries

It’s common knowledge now that batteries shouldn’t be stored at 100% or 0%. If you always plug in your laptop and use it, that will cause the lifespan of its batteries to reduce too. Over time as batteries lose efficiency, they can start generating a lot of heat. What you should do is get replacement batteries.

These are easily available online. Even if you have an older laptop, you should be able to find a compatible battery. If you can’t find a replacement, remove the overheating battery completely and just use the laptop as a desktop by always keeping it plugged in.

Lighten Up

Limit the apps that start automatically with windows. Stagger software loading to reduce the processor’s load. Use CCleaner to clear history and cache files and manage startup applications. Use Process Explorer to see files that each process has open and check its CPU usage. Free up disk space so your laptop can run efficiently.

These are some simple ways that you can extend your laptop’s life and keep it running smoothly.

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