You may have noticed that when using your Roku Express device playing movies or doing anything else it gets too hot. It is reasonable that this worries you as it raises serious concerns about its operation and even your safety.
This is normal? At what temperature should one of these devices be? What can I do to prevent it? And when does it happen? All these questions will find their answer here, so take note and prepare.
Heat and electronics
Any electronic equipment you use, be it your PC, your smartphone, or the television uses electricity to function. This means that energy flows through several of its components and it tends to “radiate heat“. In principle, this loss is practically impossible to avoid.
This is a permanent problem of any system, avoid or reduce heat loss. The ways of achieving this are as varied as the ways in which it is approached. Some use more effective components, others seek to dissipate heat faster and there are those that simply seek to reduce energy consumption.
So if your Roku Express device overheats it’s because it suffers from this hard-to-fix problem. In other words, it has gone from a “normal” condition in which it becomes hot while operating, to exceeding its expected range. You must know how to identify these cases and take action on them.
Causes and consequences if your Roku Express device overheats
As you have seen, it is normal for an appliance to get hot when using it, but if this heat exceeds normal, there must be some reason for it. The first would be a malfunction of the equipment, but this is rare thanks to the quality controls that must pass before going to market. However, it is not that uncommon for it to happen, so you should consider it a reasonable option if you rule out everything else.
Another very common cause is a change in voltage. Each device is designed to operate with a specific voltage and excess electrical power can overheat it. Also, some variations can cause equipment components to malfunction and cause it to overheat.
On the other hand, the most frequent reason why a Roku Express device overheats or any other is due to cooling failures. This may be because its ventilation channels are obstructed and it does not allow the proper circulation of hot air. The reasons vary in each case, but excessive dust or too many equipment nearby are usually the most common in those cases you must improve the aforementioned cooling.
In any case, if your device presents this situation you must proceed immediately, otherwise you risk irreparable damage to it.
Solutions when your Roku Express device overheats
Now, if you are faced with this situation, what should you do? It varies depending on the specific situation, but there are several things you can do to remedy it.
First, the bottom line is prevention. Place your equipment in a ventilated place where it will not be exposed to heat sources. Drawers, for example, comply well with the second condition, but poorly with ventilation, so they are not recommended.
In the same way, make sure that it is not covered by anything and that it is free of dust or dirt. Regular maintenance and constant cleaning are ideal for this last point. It is also important that you familiarize yourself with the normal temperature of the device. This can vary even when you demand more of it since it is not the same to play a video in 480p than in 4k.
Finally, these devices have an LED light that when it stays lit red indicates that the system has detected an overheating. Now is the turn of second place, action.
You simply have to turn off your equipment and unplug it, letting it rest for at least 20 minutes. In such cases, verify that you are not involved in any of the previous points and activate it again. If the fault persists, it is time to take more drastic measures and see a technician for an in-depth check.