Computers are complex machines that require many parts to run. To run well, all of those parts must stay in good repair, and that requires regular maintenance and the occasional replacement or upgrade. But you do not have to run out to the local computer repair store every time you need to have something fixed. You can be your own little IT department and take care of business at home, without the expensive labor fees on top of the parts fees!
One of the most important facets of computer repair, especially when it comes to computer parts, is keeping your computer cool. High temperatures can easily damage delicate computer components beyond repair, and depending on the part that is frying, it can take other parts out with it when it goes. For example, if your CPU begins to overheat too often and blows, it can damage the motherboard along with it. That means having to replace two components at the same time to get your computer up and running again.
You can keep your computer from overheating several ways. First, make sure the case on a desktop computer has adequate ventilation. Cooling fans are also necessary. Then make sure you keep it clean. The accumulation of dust, dirt and other debris can clog up the ventilation and cooling fans, and gum up the actual parts themselves, causing the computer to overheat. A can of condensed air will do well for blowing dust and dirt out of your computer. After cleaning out your computer, make sure all of the fans spin freely and easily. Any fans that stick or have slowed down, or you notice are making strange noises when running, should be replaced as soon as possible to stay on the safe side. If you use a laptop, get a laptop cooling bed to keep your laptop from overheating. These are usually USB powered devices that are flat, that the laptop rests on. Fans inside the cooling bed blow air up into the laptop from below, offering better ventilation and cooling. This is also handy if you like to use your laptop actually on your lap, as the heat won't be uncomfortable on your legs.
When you are handling any of your computer's inside components and parts, exercise caution against electrostatic discharge, which can damage parts easily. Wear an anti static wrist band and clip it to the case to prevent static damage. You should also make sure your hands are clean, especially when removing and replacing parts like RAM sticks, as skin oils can damage the parts, as well.
When you are learning how to repair computer parts, cooling, cleaning and safety are the top tips to be aware of so that everything goes well.