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What to do if Your PC Overheats

PC overheating can be a common issue, especially during hot summer months or if your computer is not properly ventilated. If you notice your PC getting unusually hot to the touch or if it shuts down unexpectedly, it may be overheating. Here are some steps you can take when your PC overheats.

  1. Shut down your PC: The first thing you should do if your PC overheats is shut it down and let it cool off. Continuing to use an overheating PC can cause damage to the internal components.
  2. Check for Obstructions: Once your PC has cooled off, check that the vents and fans are not blocked by dust or other debris. Use compressed air or a soft brush to remove dust and debris from vents, fans, and heatsinks.
  3. Airflow: Place your PC in a well-ventilated area with enough space around it. Avoid heat sources and enclosed spaces.
  4. Double-check the CPU Cooler: Double-check that the CPU cooler is seated properly and consider reapplying thermal paste if needed.
  5. Adjust your fan settings: You can also optimise your fan speed or airflow settings in BIOS.
  6. Upgrade your cooling system: Consider upgrading your cooling components like fans or opt for liquid cooling solutions.
  7. Regular maintenance: Regular maintenance and cleaning can go a long way in preventing your PC from overheating in the first place. Taking proactive steps can help extend its lifespan and avoid costly repairs. If you continue to experience overheating issues, it may be time to consult a professional for further assistance.

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