How to Prevent Overheating

Computer overheating can be a big problem if you do not take steps to prevent it. You need to take proper care of the cooling system of your computer to prevent it from overheating. If there is no proper cooling system suitable for your system, it could damage some of the important electronic components of your system. If you know how to prevent overheating, you can easily get rid of this problem.

When your computer is overheated frequently, you may face some serious problems such as shutting down of the system suddenly, the famous “blue screen of death, etc. Your system may also show some unexpected errors while you are running some programs. These problems can cost you high and you may have to make some major replacements as the life span of the components reduces.

Ways to prevent computer overheating:

Control internal temperature:

  • To prevent your computer from overheating, you need to run your computer at proper temperatures.
  • The safe temperature ranges for each computer system varies depending upon the model of the computer system you are using.
  • You need to check for the safe temperature range for your system within the user manual and set your computer system at that temperature range.
  • The safe temperature range for most of the computer systems is between 40°C to 55°C. Try to keep your system temperature in this range.
  • To see whether your system temperature is in this range, you need to boot into the BIOS of your system. In the BIOS navigate to the section that tackles your computers’ hardware and monitor settings.
  • Here, you can view the internal temperature of each component within the cabinet. You can also change and set the temperatures of these components according to your requirement. If you are unable to do it yourself, call hardware professional instead of messing things up.
  • You will not get the correct estimation about the temperature of the components within the system simply by touching the cabinet; you need to follow the above procedure and know the appropriate temperature.

Control external temperature:

  • External temperature should also be controlled, and it matters a lot in preventing the overheating problem of the computer system.
  • If you feel that the temperature inside your room is very high, or if you live in a area where the temperatures are too high, prefer keeping the computer systems in air-conditioned rooms.
  • Do not keep any heat generating sources such as lamps, candles, furnaces near your system. This will make the air near the computer system warm that will pass into the cabinet of the system and increase its temperature.
  • Move your system away from such illuminating sources that can make the components of the system hot.

Make sure that the cabinet is proper:

  • Selection of the cabinet matters a lot in making the cooling system of your system function well. If the cabinet is not proper, then good ventilation is not provided to the components, as a result, the air cannot move in and out of the system in a proper manner.
  • The cabinet should be designed so that it allows the fan to move hot air from inside and expel it outside. The location of the fan matters a lot in controlling the temperature of your system.
  • The power supply attached to the cabinet should also have slots that allow hot air to pass from within the case.
  • Depending upon the size of the case, these slots should be present at proper location. These slots are generally present near the CPU as it is the main source of heat in the cabinet.
  • These slots should be present above, in from or besides the CPU depending upon the size. They should easily expel the heat from the cabinet.

Keep it clean:

  • Clean your cabinet and the fan frequently.
  • When the fan moves, it can pull together a lot of dust and debris in it. They accumulate and form a blanket on the power slots, and fan, and inside the entire cabinet.
  • This dust blanket acts and an insulator and does not allow the components present within it to function easily.
  • Use an aerosol duster or a vacuum clearer that has crevice attached to it, and dust the cabinet and the fan.
  • Remove the case and clean all the components with a cloth so that no dust is left inside the cabinet. Do this at least once in a month.
  • Keep your system in a clean place where there is less dust.

Upgrade your system:

  • If you have tried everything to keep your computer system cool, but nothing helped you, you need to upgrade your system with some additional components. You will find many components that will help you in keeping the system at lower temperatures, in any computer hardware store.
  • You can install two case fans. These case fans are attached to the case; one helps in moving the hot air out while the other helps in moving the cold air inside.
  • You will also get component specific fans. These component specific fans can be installed near specific components within the cabinet that are generating too much of heat.
  • Upgrading your system with a water cooling kit will also help you in controlling the temperature. These water cooling kits are mainly used in sever system which have to perform some extensive tasks.
  • Some of the other upgrading techniques that can help you are replacing the CPU fan, replacing the power supply and installing a phase change unit. These replacement techniques can be used depending upon your requirement when you have identified the actual problem that is making your system generate so much of heat.
  • These replacements and upgrading methods are quiet expensive, but they prevent your system from any kind of major damage.

Follow the tips given above and you will surely get rid of the overheating problem with your system.


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