Why Is My Laptop Over heating.

Before we go into the Why’s Gigabyte will like to inform you that if you don’t have prior experience in laptop / desktop repairs, it is advisable that you don’t attempt to fix the system yourself as it can damage it more.

You can always send your systems to our repair clinic & we will get it fixed within 72 hours max.


Compared to a desktop computer, laptops are compact and have little space for all their components. So when you try and complete tasks that require a lot of computing power—such as loading a video game or streaming TV shows—the temperature of your device can rise significantly. Internal fans will try to cool everything down, but your laptop can still get too hot and start to malfunction.

Here are a few other reasons why a laptop might overheat:

  • The air vents are covered. This can happen when you place your laptop on a soft or uneven surface, like a bed, pillow, or your lap, that reduces air flow.
  • Dust, dirt, hair, and grime can hinder your laptop’s fan, causing it to struggle to cool the device down.
  • There are problems with internal hardware, such as an old battery or decaying thermal paste, a substance that helps prevent your computer from overheating.

How do I know if my laptop is overheating?

The temperature of a laptop isn’t supposed to exceed 95 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Hampshire College. So when you feel it getting hot, act quickly. If you don’t, your computer may not only suffer permanent damage but also start a fire or burn you.

Other signs of overheating include the following:

  • Your laptop takes longer than usual to perform basic tasks.
  • Applications and programs freeze.
  • Laptop accessories like your mouse or keyboard stop responding.
  • Your laptop suddenly shuts down and fails to turn back on for several minutes.
  • Unexpected error messages appear warning that the laptop is overheating.


A loud laptop fan is a sign your machine is going into overdrive trying to cool down. The causes can vary – it could be due to a build-up of dust in the fan, or it could be due to the air vents being covered, like if you have your laptop sitting on your lap or a soft surface like your bed. It could also simply be due to how you’re using your computer. If you have software that’s constantly running in the background or software that draws a lot of your system’s energy, like a video game or video editing software, that could also cause fans to start spinning loudly.

How to fix an overheating laptop

Once you’ve determined that your laptop isn’t working, there are a few ways to get it back up and running.

  1. Turn off your laptop, unplug the cords, and remove the battery (if possible). You should take a break from using it until it has completely cooled down.
  2. Inspect the vents and fan for dirt or other signs of blockage. These components are usually underneath or on the sides of your laptop.
  3. Use compressed air to clean your laptop’s vents. If your fan continues to struggle, make noises, or run at maximum speed, it may need to be checked for other issues.
  4. Change your system’s fan control settings. If you have a Windows model, you can do this in the BIOS menu. There are also third-party power management apps that allow users to access their fan settings.

If you’re still dealing with overheating issues after trying out these steps, don’t worry: we’re here to help. Stop by the nearest Gigabyte store for fast, reliable computer repair.

How to prevent laptops from overheating

It can be difficult to know what to do when your laptop overheats, but making sure your device is properly ventilated is a great place to start. Here’s how:

  • Keep your vents uncovered and remove objects that are too close to your laptop.
  • Always position your laptop on a sturdy, flat surface like a desk or table. If this isn’t possible, try placing a book or solid object underneath it.
  • Clean your vents immediately if you notice any dust, dirt, or hair.
  • Work in a cooler room.
  • Use a cooling pad that raises your laptop above whatever surface it’s resting on and has built-in fans to increase airflow.

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