Overheating is a common problem with the PS3. If you are in the habit of playing the console for many hours, it will surely overheat. Critical overheating is a huge problem. If you don’t pay attention to the problem, the console will no longer be of any use to you.
Just in case you suspect that the PS3 is overheating, you have to turn off the console immediately. It is not enough that you turn off the console. You also have to find out what caused the overheating. The common reasons of this particular issue are the following:
- Poor ventilation
- Dust build up
- Cooling fan
If the overheating is caused by poor ventilation, you will not find it hard to address this issue. The position of the console when you’re playing is really important. Fabric or carpet shouldn’t block the ventilation of the console. Reposition the PS3 in a way that the console is getting a lot of air. Don’t place the console on the sofa or any other material that accumulates heat if you have plans to play.
Dust can buildup in the PS3 and this might be another cause of overheating. It is not enough that you clean the console on the outside. You also have to do some internal cleaning. You can check the manual of the PS3 before doing this since you are going to open the console. One wrong move and you might damage the wiring or any other part of the unit. Compressed air can be used to clean the internal parts of the PS3. Simply follow the instructions and you can prevent future overheating problems.
With the cooling fan, this can be a bit complicated. In most cases, Sony offers services on cleaning the internal fan system. However, you may need to pay $150. There are also self-guides that you can use to solve this issue. You have to get the manual of the PS3 and go to the section on cooling fan. With a little bit of skills and knowhow, you can change the cooling fan and you will spend a much smaller amount. It is up to you whether you will seek the help of professionals or save money by doing things on your own.
The PS3 is not a cheap device and if you want to take good care of it, you will have to rely on the Sony professionals to troubleshoot whatever it is that you’re experiencing. For the gamers with a bit of knowledge on troubleshooting simple issues, you can read the manual and get some pointers.
Dealing with the overheating problem is not that complicated but if you don’t act immediately, you might not be able to save the device’s life. Doing some tweaks here and there will not solve the problem. You should know what the main cause of the overheating is and apply the right solution.
For every problem there is always a solution. What are you waiting for? Solve it today and enjoy playing the console with your friends and family.