There have been some reports that the new MacBook Air (M2, 2022) has overheating issues, due to its fanless design suffering under certain conditions, but a cheap – and risky – hack could fix it.
While we didn’t encounter any overheating issues during our review of the new MacBook Air, it appears that some people are reporting issues where the MacBook Air’s heat gets too high, which causes the laptop to slow down – known as throttling – to avoid serious damage.
Unlike most laptops, the MacBook Air (M2, 2022) does not come with built-in fans, instead it uses a heat sink to keep the internal components cool. While this solution means the MacBook Air is thinner and lighter than many other laptops, not only does it run completely silently, it also means it has a harder job of keeping cool, especially if the ambient temperature in which it’s used is also very quiet. too hot.
However, YouTuber Max Tech apparently found a cheap solution to this problem by opening up the MacBook Air and adding thermal pads on top of the MacBook Air’s heatsink. Best of all, this is just $15.
The results look promising, with the MacBook Air taking much longer to warm up after the thermal pads were added, with the MacBook Air taking a minute and 23 seconds to reach 108 degrees Celsius. Without the modification, it took just 28 seconds to reach that temperature.
As the video, which you can see above, demonstrates, this has a positive impact on the MacBook Air’s performance as it was able to last longer performing intensive tasks before slowing down.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro (M2, 2022) doesn’t have this problem, as although it has the same M2 chip as the new MacBook Air, it has built-in fans that help keep it cool.
So it looks like this cheap fix does to work. But, should you try?
Review: Should You Try This MacBook Air Fix?
Short answer: No. Long answer: Nooooooooooooo.
Slightly more helpful answer: While this $15 fix seems to make a difference, we recommend that you try it yourself. It’s not that it’s particularly difficult to perform – on the contrary, it’s actually quite easy, as you just unscrew the four screws on the back of the MacBook Air, open it up, and place the thermal pads on the heatsink.
It seems that adding more thermal paste to the logic board can also help, but this is a much more risky and time-consuming undertaking.
So why do we suggest you don’t try this fix? For starters, opening a device always has an element of risk, and you could accidentally damage sensitive electronics by trying this. Also, if you add the pads incorrectly, it can make the overheating problem even worse and cause serious damage to your laptop.
More importantly, opening up your MacBook Air and trying to get it fixed will almost certainly void the warranty. If this happens and you need to take it in for repair by Apple, you may find that it is no longer covered under warranty and you could end up spending a lot of money to get it fixed.
If this problem is indeed widespread, we imagine that Apple is looking for an official fix, which could even involve physical repairs or replacement. This should be offered for free under warranty – and if you’ve tried an unofficial fix, it could mean you’re no longer eligible.
For now, we recommend that you hold on tight and wait to see if Apple has a response. One thing the company can argue, however, is that the MacBook Air isn’t designed for intensive tasks, which is what the 13-inch MacBook Pro was designed for.
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