Is Dust, Smoke and Pet hair destroying your Computer?

I am computer repair tech working on desktop and laptop for many years, dust, smoke and pet hair plays a key role in many computer problems. Just as people need air to breathe, computers need air to cool down there hot components.

What do computers and laptop hate? Dust, Smoke and Pet hair

dusty-computerDust, smoke and pet hair accumulates in the computer case and in laptop can cause several different issues such as overheating, disrupt airflow, and damage to some components. Overheating is because when dust, smoke and pet hair accumulates on top of heat sink, circuits on the motherboard and power supply and especially in laptop vents. Dust, smoke and pet hair prevents cool air from reaching the components that need to be cooled in order to operate efficiently. If there is enough dust, smoke and pet hair in the computer’s vents it can completely disrupt the airflow needed to keep the parts cool. In a very bad situation dust, smoke and pet hair can completely stop fans from working. When that happens the computer will start to overheat and begin to shutdown in order to prevent damage to the components such as CPU and motherboard. Thermal paste can break down and becomes ineffective.

How can I prevent from overheating computer and laptop?

  • Clean out the dust, smoke and pet hair regularly with a can of air, small leaf blower or small electric blower (not a vacuum cleaner). Usually cleaning once a year will keeps your computer and laptop running. Depending on your situation you may need to clean out your case more often, if you live in an area that’s dusty, if you smoke a lot or have pets with long hair.
  • Keeping your computer off the floor, by putting it on top of a desk, or anywhere away from the floor will help keep dust and pet hair away from the computer.
  • Make sure all PCI slots are covered and the case is closed. Another good way for dust to get in your computer is by PCI slots that have been left open and uncovered after removing a PCI card, or switching around a graphics card. The bigger the hole is the more easier it is for dust to get inside, which is why it is important to cover up any PCI slots or holes in the case that aren’t necessary for proper ventilation.

If you take measures to remove the dust from your computer and laptop on a regular basis, it will not have a chance to build up dust, smoke and pet hair on your computer. You will have extended the life of the computer and laptop to a considerable degree.