PC Performance Pros asks, “is your computer overheating?” Computers are designed to handle a certain amount of heat. If they produce too much heat or become hot, they shut down without warning. The blue screen of death is sometimes not a software issue, but an overheating issue. So even though computers are designed to produce and handle a certain amount of heat they are also prone to fail due to too much heat. 

Design and Design Failure

The more involved in the process or jobs that a computer does, the more heat it creates. Gaming computers, for example, are not just fast computers. They are computers that are designed to handle a lot of heat-related stress. As an example, gaming computers are also built to cycle air through the computer  housing quickly. That design is to offset the increased amount of heat that a gaming computer produces. Even with added ventilation and heavy-duty fans, gaming computers can still overheat. 

What Can You do to Prevent Overheating?

Environmental Problems: Be aware of the environment in which your computer works. The environment in which your computer works also plays a part in whether or not overheating occurs. Huge corporations require that server rooms be chilled. They use a system that runs air through a series of pipes that are installed in a pool of water that is itself chilled. As the air is forced through the dry pipes, it becomes freezing. That is one of the only ways that a room full of servers can remain cool enough to prevent the servers from shutting down. Your High Desert home or Victorville business may become too hot in summer for your computer to function properly.  Being aware of the environmental impact on electronic equipment is part of the solution. Making sure that the room is cool is an easy fix. 

Computer Hygiene: The intake fans on a computer often suck dirt and waste into the computer’s housing. Dust and dust bunnies grow over time and can occlude the intake fan, intake openings, and lodge in the exhaust fans. Once per year, you should take your computer to PC Performance Pros and let them clean it out for you. You can help the process by making sure that the area around your computer is clean. Vacuum regularly and wipe down surfaces to remove dust that may be picked up by the intake fan and sucked into your system. Internal debris, such as pet hair can also cause circuits to short and then physically damage the unit. Keeping your computer clean is just part of general maintenance. 

If you bring your system into PC Performance Pros for a professional diagnostic test, they will open up the unit, and remove any dust and debris that is found on the graphics card, clean out the air vents,  and check all of the  intake and exhaust fans to make sure that they are working properly. By doing all of this you and PC Performance Pros help to make sure that your CPU stays cool enough to do its job.