Cooling Down Mac

A-Z Guide to Cooling Down Your Mac

Many Mac users suspect an abnormal temperature rise in their devices during operation, which may be a sign of your gadget’s improper positioning, software or hardware problems, or a severe problem with your system. Ignoring this problem may cause an abrupt computer shutdown, with much valuable data lost or corrupted.

So, how can the problem be resolved? You need to understand first whether it’s a problem of software, hardware, or some physical fan issues that cause your Mac’s abnormal temperature rise. Once the cause of the problem is identified, its solution becomes evident. Here are some strategies to use.

A Physical Cleanup

One of the most evident reasons for Mac’s overheating is a physical obstruction to the fan’s vents. The principle of a fan’s work presupposes the absorption of air from the outside to cool down the Mac’s hardware. But together with air, tiny particles of dust also get into the system and accumulate there with time. Once the amount of dust gets too large, it can slow down the fan’s movement and even cause permanent damage to it.

Thus, once you notice the overheating issue, it’s better to start with the physical inspection of your device. Open the case of your Mac and clean the vents and inner parts of the fan’s system to let the vents operate hassle-free again. You’re sure to see a performance gain, the reduced noise of the fan’s work, and a much lower temperature of your Mac during operation.

Software Audit

It may also occur that the iOS issues a warning about the critical temperature of your Mac while you don’t feel any exceptional overheating. In this case, the problem may be with the error in the temperature-measuring software of your device. This issue is resolved quickly, as a rule, by rebooting the Mac and restoring its factory settings. Such a reboot is typically combined with a quick diagnostic self-test of the system, thus bringing your settings back to normal.

Hardware Check

In rare cases, however, the overheating of your Mac can be caused by severe problems with hardware, such as critical errors of the hard drive or the non-compatibility of your hardware elements with the rest of the system. You might have tasked your Mac with too demanding processes that eat its capacity and cause overheating. Thus, it’s wise to revisit all processes and “kill” those you don’t need.

Adjustment of Your Habits

A trivial yet widespread reason for Macs’ overheating is the physical obstruction of the fan’s entry on the Mac’s case. It happens if you like to enjoy a couple of films in bed or frequently place your Mac on soft surfaces, like a sofa or a pillow. In such situations, the airways are blocked, and your Mac simply can’t take any fresh air from the outside to cool the system down. If the device stays on soft surfaces for too long, it may suddenly turn off on its own; in this case, don’t try to reload it at once, giving it some time to cool down naturally instead.

The Heating Problem Is Manageable (In Most Cases)

As you can see, there can be many reasons for your Mac’s overheating, and all of them have some easy, manageable solutions. The main thing required from you is not to ignore the problem, taking urgent action to seek solutions. If you clean the airways regularly and work on your Mac only on rigid surfaces, it will serve you for years to come. Otherwise, frequent overheating of your device can permanently damage its hardware, thus causing you to lose essential data and files.