How to Spot An Overheating Laptop

Laptops are an essential part of everyday life for the majority of us in New Zealand. Whether you are a student or employee; take your work with you and enjoy the benefits of a computer on the go. As handy as the sturdy old laptop is, one common issue that can arise with laptops is overheating. Overheating can cause a variety of problems, from decreased performance to permanent damage to the internal components. If your laptop goes kaput, bring it to Service Plus and we’ll fix it right up. But first, let’s help you to prevent it with this guide to the five major warning signs.


Laptop Feels Very Hot

One of the most obvious signs of laptop overheating is, of course, a high temperature on the surface of the laptop. This can be felt by simply placing your hand on the laptop’s keyboard or bottom. If it feels uncomfortably hot to the touch, it could be a sign that the internal components are overheating.


Random Shutdowns

Another warning sign of overheating is your laptop suddenly turning off without warning. It could be a sign that the internal temperature has reached a critical level, causing the system to shut down as a safety precaution.


Performance Issues

Overheating can cause performance issues with your laptop. If you notice a decrease in performance, such as slow load times or stuttering, it could be a sign that the internal components are too hot to function effectively.


Noisy Fan

Laptops have built-in fans to dissipate heat. If you notice that the fans on your laptop are running louder than usual, it could be a sign of overheating. The fans may be working harder to try to cool the internal components.


Distorted Display

Overheating can also cause problems with the display on your laptop. If you notice that the display is distorted or has lines running through it, it could be a sign of overheating.


Preventing your laptop from overheating is essential to maintaining the health and longevity of your device. One way to prevent overheating is to keep your laptop on a hard, flat surface, such as a desk or table, or cooling pad, rather than on your knee or bed. This will allow the built-in fans to dissipate heat more effectively. Additionally, you should keep the vents on your laptop clear of dust and debris, as this can impede the flow of air and cause overheating.


If, unfortunately, you’re having persistent issues with your laptop, Service Plus can help. Instead of replacing your devices, repair them. Here’s how to do it:


  1. Complete our simple form telling us about the issue.


  1. Deliver your product to us or we can provide our ePak or PlusPak enhanced courier solutions (fees may apply).


  1. We’ll quote you before a trained professional will start to repair your item and keep you updated with progress emails or texts. 


  1. When the job is completed you simply pick up your device or we’ll return it to you. It’s that simple!


At Service Plus, we specialise in repairs of HP, Toshiba, Acer, ASUS, Dell, Lenovo, and are an authorised Apple repairer. Get in touch with us today to find out more and schedule your laptop, chromebook or hybrid device in for repair.