Whether you use a laptop to complete your daily work or browse the web for fun, you probably want to preserve this investment for as long as possible. That’s why it’s important to be aware of common habits that might cause premature damage. Here are mistakes that might increase the need for computer repair or replacement.

What Habits Damage Your Laptop?

1. Moving the Laptop While It’s On

When your laptop is running, it’s retrieving data from a hard drive, and a small needle or arm runs over the spinning disc to locate the files you need. Therefore, these delicate pieces can become damaged if you pick up your laptop and move it—even if you’re just going from the desk to the bed. 

Before you get up, shut down your laptop or put it in “sleep” mode so that the disc stops spinning. If you’re going outside, place your laptop in a protective case before doing so.

2. Allowing It to Overheat

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Your laptop is a hard-working piece of machinery, and all that electricity and data retrieval can cause it to heat up. Luckily, there’s a fan inside that can expel the heat and cool the inner components. However, for the fan to do its job, your laptop needs to be placed on a hard surface with nothing blocking the lower rim of the screen.

That means, if you’re working on a couch or in bed, place a bed tray or hardcover book on your lap first. When you feel your laptop heating up, close it and allow it to cool down for around 15 or 20 minutes before using it again. Otherwise, it could be more susceptible to data corruption and crashes.

3. Letting the Battery Die

Your laptop runs on a large rechargeable battery, and the battery life may seem to go quicker and quicker as the computer ages. However, it’s crucial to start charging your laptop before it drops below a 30% charge. 

Waiting until the laptop is dead or nearly dead will shorten the battery life. Eventually, you may not be able to use the computer unless it’s plugged into a power outlet, and you’ll need to pay to have the battery replaced.


If you’ve been guilty of any of these habits, you can have your laptop rejuvenated at RadioActive of Kalispell, MT. Their team has over 60 years of combined experience repairing electronic devices such as computers, tablets, and smartphones. In addition to restoring your existing electronics, they can also sell you a brand-new laptop with customized specifications and software to meet your needs. To learn more about their computer repair services, visit the website, or call (406) 257-5999 to schedule an appointment.