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Basic Hardware Care: How to Extend Your Computer’s Lifespan


Your company’s refresh strategy should be calculated regarding worst-case and best-case scenarios for your technology. You can get the most out of your budget by taking care of your hardware so that it continues to perform well over the long term. You don’t have to be a tech guru to accomplish this – you can lengthen your computer’s lifespan by practicing the following maintenance duties.


Avoid Jarring Movements


Unless your computers have been outfitted with solid state drives, you should be careful not to subject your hardware to sharp movements while they are powered on. Any moving parts that get jarred out of place can cause computer malfunctions and even further the damage by scraping against integral parts of your machine. If you notice clicking noises or loud mechanical whirring, power the machine off immediately and work with an IT specialist to identify the cause of the sound.


Cleaning Dust and Debris


Invest in microfiber cleaning cloths, screen-cleaning spray, and pressurized air canisters to keep your workstation clean and tidy. Dust and debris accumulations can work their way into important circuitry, causing them malfunction, or even worse, short circuit. Use the air canister lightly to blast debris out from your keyboard. Power off your computer and reachable areas, making sure that your tower fans are clear. Avoid using the pressurized air on speakers and microphones, since you can cause them to blow out.

If you are wiping down your computer with a liquid electronics cleaner, never spray it directly onto your computer. This places it at risk for liquid damage. Instead, spray the cleaner onto a microfiber cloth, then carefully wipe your computer.


Control Your Environment


Excessive heat and moisture can prematurely fry your computer. Listen to make sure that your fans are running, and position your hardware so that furniture, walls, and other items do not block vents. If you are working in a warm climate, install a temperature monitoring software, so that you can be alerted if your computer’s internal temperature reaches a dangerous level. Consider using AC or fan systems to reduce the temperature around your computers. Invest in dehumidifiers if you’re having problems with moisture and condensation.


These practices can prevent your computer from failing before you’re ready to replace it. Extending the life of your computer increases the ROI of your tech refresh strategy.

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