There’s a reason why electronic devices are being upgraded almost on the regular. It’s because they don’t last forever. This means your TV, air conditioner, smartphones, computers, and others. It’s one thing when you are neglecting them. It’s another when you are aiding them in getting damaged.
Computers can last a significant amount of time, provided that you take good care of them. This includes keeping them clean, safe, and well-maintained not just inside but outside as well. Remember that computers, especially laptops, are highly sensitive. There are parts inside that once damaged, can be hard to fix. Repairs to the shop can cost you a lot of money. If you want to save your money and more importantly your computer, better avoid the things that can cause harm to your computer and your files before it’s too late. Your computer is what’s helping you get your work done. Do it a favor and help it as well.
Heat is not a friend. It causes your computer and the components inside to wear out faster than they should if always in contact with heat.
For desktop computers, the solution is pretty simple: Just clean out the dust once in a while with some compressed air, and keep it out of any small cabinets. You want air to flow freely through your computer, not get trapped in a tight space. You can also prevent dust by keeping it off the ground and putting filters on your intake fans.
Laptops, on the other hand, require a bit more care. Their portability leads to a lot of bad habits, like putting it on a blanket or other plush surface. This blocks airflow under the laptop (where the rubber feet usually raise it up off a desk), and potentially through the laptop (if the blanket covers the fan vents). When possible, use your laptop on a flat surface, or at least make sure your lap is free of blankets and other things that can block airflow. Lap desks are a good way to ensure things stay cool.
Because of its portability and rather light (for some) weight, laptops can be easily mishandled. Although you can, you shouldn’t open or close the laptop at only one side, nor should you leave it in your bag along with other things way too long. You shouldn’t bump your bag containing your laptop as much as possible.
Laptops are meant to be portable, and some can be pretty durable—but the more you abuse it, the more likely you are to damage something. At best, you’ll just have to deal with a worn-out laptop hinge or a crack in the casing. But if your laptop has a traditional spinning hard drive instead of an SSD, tossing or shaking the computer—especially if the drive is active at the time—can even cause its head to dislocate or touch the surface of the disk. It isn’t common, but if that happens, you’re going to have a bad day, especially if you haven’t backed up your data. Your laptop is an expensive piece of property: treat it as such.
Computers can burn. And if you’re not using the correct power to supply it, then it can definitely burn. Or perhaps your charger.
Your PC draws a sizeable amount of power, and it’s susceptible to damage from power surges—small, temporary increases in voltage coming through the power line. These can happen after power outages, after turning on another high-power device in your home, or could just come from an unreliable power grid in your city. The power supply inside your PC includes some basic surge protection, but you’ll get longer-lasting protection from a dedicated surge protector.