Cooling Down an Overheating Macbook Pro
If you own a Macbook Pro, chances are you know that they have a tendency to overheat.
There are a number of reasons why your Macbook Pro may be overheating, from dust build-up to a defective cooling fan. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to address your Macbook’s overheating issue before it causes long-term damage to your machine.
Macbook Pro Overheating: The Symptoms
It is not unusual for your Macbook Pro to run warmer than usual if you are running a resource-intensive program, using Flash to watch videos, or have your machine hooked up to an external display.
If your Macbook starts to randomly shut down, you may have a bigger problem. There is a built-in failsafe that will automatically shut a computer down to prevent damage if the processor starts to overheat. So if your Macbook Pro heats up to the point where it shuts off, you will want to take it in and have it diagnosed and repaired to stop the overheating.
Macbook Pro Overheating: Possible Solutions
If your Macbook Pro is running hot, here are a few ways you can try and cool things down.
- Cleaning Out the Dust – When is the last time you opened up your Macbook Pro and cleared out all of the dust that has accumulated? Dust build-up hinders airflow, making it difficult for your laptop to stay cool.
- Replacing the Thermal Paste – If you know the technical know-how, then it will definitely be worth your while to disassemble your Macbook Pro and reapply the thermal paste.
- Upgrading to SSD (if you don’t have one already) – Solid State Drives don’t have any moving parts, which means they can help with battery life and temperature. Plus they’re known to have better performance and faster start-up speeds. Need I say more?
- Invest in a Cooling Pad – It may be worth your while to invest in a cooling pad if you use your Macbook Pro for CPU-intensive tasks like gaming or video editing.
- Use Your Laptop on a Hard Surface – Using your Macbook Pro on a pillow, cushion, or floor can obstruct the heating vents, causing your Macbook to overheat. Try using your Macbook Pro on a hard surface – like a table or book – to maximize airflow and keep it running cool.