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Should I Put My Hot Laptop In The Fridge?

Saturday, June 11th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals

An overheating laptop can be a big problem. This reader was considering an unusual solution. “My ASUS laptop seems to always be over-heating. The best defense seems to be putting it in sleep mode when not in use. What would happen if I put it in the refrigerator and wrapped it in a towel to stop moisture- for a time? Can you write an article about what temperatures various laptops should be running? (mine seems to average 150-which seems hot)”

I would not suggest putting your laptop in the refrigerator. Not really good for the laptop and not great for food safety either, if your laptop really is overheating. Putting it in the fridge certainly wouldn’t solve the problem.


What makes you think that your laptop is overheating? Are you having performance issues?

I assume you mean 150 degrees Fahrenheit since the PC hasn’t burst into flames. Depending on the chip your PC uses, the maximum temp should be around 161 degrees. But that should be during times of heavy use. Your average temp should be around¬† 130 degrees during normal use. During idle time, the temperature should be around 80 degrees.

If you are exceeding these temps, you do need to cool the laptop off. But let’s skip the fridge. First, make sure none of the vents are blocked. Also, is the fan still running? The issue may be as simple as fixing the fan or vacuuming out some pet hair or dust from vents. Click here for more.¬† A good short-term solution is a laptop fan stand.

I’ve included links to some other articles that might offer solutions below:

I hope some of these solutions help.

~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “Should I Put My Hot Laptop In The Fridge?”

  1. Daniel says:

    Laptops are notorious for over-heating simply because of their small size and limited cooling system. Personally, I use a supplemental cooling device to force more cool air through the base of my laptop. I also NEVER leave my laptop on when it not going to be use for more than a half hour or so. Leaving it on while not using it wastes the battery, or electricity if using the AC adaptor (which alss gets hot if left on for hours). I do not use sleep mode; in fact sleep mode is totally disable, since both of my machines (PC and laptop) hang up in sleep mode every since Windows 10 (cursed OS!) has been installed. My machines are on for use, and off when not in use for long periods of time.

    • Keith Monson says:

      When you get the newest update for Windows 10 I think you are going to be very pleasently surprised. I know I was! My slow Dell All-in-One is like new again!

  2. Keith Monson says:

    My Dell All-In-One started getting an overheating issue a year or so ago. Probably one of the fans quit So I bought a 19″ box fan and put it behind the computer. On it’s lowest setting the fan does the trick.It sets up a really bad draft in the winter time but you got to take the good with the bad.

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