Is Your PC Overheating?

If your computer is overheating then you might not need to do any maintenance or replacing of old computer parts just yet as a PC overheating without any other problems is not usually a terminal fault with the hardware in your machine. Computer overheating symptoms include your hardware in a number of ways but mostly the computer will shut itself down within about 20 minutes of the computer starting up to prevent damaging the sensitive computer parts such as the processor which is one of the built in defences that your computers motherboard has as standard.

If you use a temperature monitor such as CoreTemp, then you should not expect to find your processor temperature above about 60 degrees (Celsius) under normal conditions. If this is the case then you really need to find out why this is and take steps to try and lower the temperature in your computer case.

Lets look at your PC’s location first

If your PC is in a room where it is very enclosed, make sure that you have not obstructed any of the computer cases vents inadvertently. Blocking a PC vent will do one of two things; it will prevent cool air from entering your computer case or it will prevent warm air from leaving the case. In both cases this will lead to a build up of hot air in your computer case that will make the computer overheat. You should also check that your vents are not backed into the corner of the room or a similar scenario where the hot air can not escape.

In most computer cases, the cool air enters the front of the case and the hot air is pushed out the back.

Check Your PC’s Fans to Prevent Computer Overheating

Most PC’s come with at least one case fan which is there to specifically aid air flow. As computer fans grow old the bearings inside can fail causing the fan to run slower or seize completely. This will mean less air is pushed around your  computer case and you will allow your computer to overheat.

There is also normally a fan which cools your computers processor and this could similarly fail and cause your processor to overheat. It is essential for your processor to have adequate cooling otherwise it will overheat and the consequences are terminal; if your processor fan is failing or has failed, then you must replace is as soon as possible as your computer is unlikely to cope for very long. If you need to replace a failed processor fan, ensure that you know which processor you have installed as this will affect the range of fans you can use.

Spring Clean inside your PC to reduce Computer Overheating

Your desktop computer is going to be full of dust. By far the easiest way to clean it is with a can of compressed air and a hoover. Take the side of your computer case off so that you can get to all the computer parts and look to see where the dust build up is. With your hoover turned on, I suggest holding the end of the nozzle just inside the perimeter of the computer case because there is a small risk that the air and dust being sucked in can cause static electricity to build up.

Using the can of compressed air to clean the dust of your computer parts, the hoover will capture most of this without it going all over the desk or floor. With the dust gone the layer of insulation that it provides goes as well and this means your PC should run much cooler and not experience computer overheating.

How Often?

Personally I have the computer case open about twice a year so I use this as the perfect time for a bit of a spring clean. I also have the benefit of a computer case that captures a lot of the dust on the outside thanks to layers of mesh around the air intake.

All this will help you keep a nice cool running computer. A cool running computer will work better as well, and not allowing a computer to overheat will prevent many problems in the future.

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