Sometimes you know your laptop isn’t working because it won’t even turn on. Or you know your laptop needs to be fixed because of the fact that the screen has shattered into smithereens.
Other times, figuring out if you need laptop repair can be more of a head-scratcher. Laptops present a lot of possibilities, which means they can also present many issues that you’ll need to diagnose and determine if they need to be fixed.
Here are five signs you need laptop repair:
The average laptop battery life is anywhere from two to four years – but how you use your laptop and how you charge it can affect the length of its lifespan. If your laptop is having trouble holding onto a charge, if it won’t charge at all, or won’t juice up 100% it might be time for a new battery.
If your laptop battery is getting ready to kick the bucket, your OS may alert you by placing a red “X” over your battery icon. If you aren’t sure and don’t see the “X,” you can use third-party software to see how much life your laptop battery has left.
If you need a new laptop, the remedy is pretty easy – simply order a replacement battery for your make and model. However, some models might not let you physically get to the battery, in which case you’ll have to bring it to a shop for laptop repair.
There might be some other issues causing your laptop laments – one is the adapter cable. If your battery is refusing to charge, your charging cord might be broken. Again, this is easy enough to fix with a charging cord replacement.
If you connect your charger to your laptop and the charging light doesn’t come on, your charging port might be broken. If this is the case, you’ll have to bring your device to an expert and have them work on repairs, but this is typically a quick job so the cost of repairs should be reasonable.
Laptop Shutting Down Without Notice
Nothing can be more aggravating than your laptop unexpectedly shutting down in the middle of an important task! The first thing to consider is that this could be a battery problem. Charge your laptop for a while after plugging it in, then turn it on after it’s had time to recharge.
If the battery is not the culprit, you might be dealing with a screen error. If you can hear your computer running, yet your monitor is blank, restart your laptop and see if the problem presents itself again.
If after some diagnostics, you’ve determined it isn’t the battery or screen, your hard drive might be at fault. Hard drive failures can often be a signal that there is a more complicated problem on your hands.
Backup your data and all of the programs on your laptop and bring it in to a repair shop as soon as you can.
The Notorious Blue Screen of Death
If you have a Windows laptop, your operating system will turn off your laptop before major issues occur, like a complete failure of your hard drive. You’ll typically be tipped off by that ominous blue screen and an error message.
This is typically a bad sign – that a large issue is causing your laptop to fail. Read the error message and attempt to perform a system recovery or restoration.
If this doesn’t solve your problem, try reinstalling Windows or bring your laptop to a repair store pronto.
Programs Running Slowly
If you have programs starting slowly or running slowly, you might need to do some maintenance on your device. Go to settings and search for “system maintenance.”
You might need to optimize your hard drive – this will free up space and make sure that your files will be stored more efficiently. Remember that you shouldn’t try to defrag a solid-state drive though – this can hurt your hardware.
Try to figure out what programs are causing you grief by running slowly. The program itself might be the issue. If your web browser is seriously lagging, for example, you might need to update it.
Delete temporary files, and clean out your desktop – this can take up a lot of memory and slow your laptop down big time.
Things are Heating Up
While all laptops get a little hot, you can avoid excess heat build-up by not using it on your lap. But if you are using a desk or safe surface and still feel the heat, make sure you turn off your device, disconnect the power cord, let it cool down for ten minutes, then open up the battery.
If the battery is hot to the touch, it might be time to replace your battery. Your laptop vents might also have become clogged with dust and debris – you could try using compressed air to clean these off.
If your laptop is getting too warm even if you are using a cooling pad and only using it on a safe surface, it’s probably time to bring your device in for laptop repair.