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Topic: My switch keeps overheating whenever i play certain games.

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Truegamer79

It usually only happens when playing the really demanding games that work the system hard. It just happened while i was playing TOTK. I've had it since launch and i think the fan may not be working properly because it's been buzzing alot.

Any advice? I'd really rather not have to send it in for repairs.

Truegamer79

Tasuki

Try taking a can of compressed air and cleaning any vents. If that doesn't work, contact Nintendo to set up a repair.

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WoomyNNYes

@Truegamer79 Yeah, with a launch switch, (someone correct me if I'm wrong), it could be dried & cracked thermal paste, or a failing fan. If you do replace the fan, you'll need to redo the thermal paste. In the videos I've seen, it looks simple. (I'd suggest accumulated dust can be an issue, but I've never heard of anyone clearing dust from their fan & solving overheating. I can't say that clearing the dust can't solve it, I have just never heard of it specifically. So, I can't speak to dust as a factor.)

You can also have your switch repaired by somebody. Game stores that sell retro consoles probably have Switch repair service, or even general game stores. You'd have to search around.

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Truegamer79

@WoomyNNYes

Well i just gave my switch a good wipe down. I scrubbed off the exhaust vents on the back and dusted off the dock and it seems to have helped. I just played for a good hour and a half with no shutting down. The fan still sounds like a pissed off bumblebee though.

I thought about getting one of those fan replacement kits and following a video online showing how to put in a new one. That might work.

Truegamer79

WoomyNNYes

@Truegamer79 Yeah, my launch switch fan got surprisingly loud too. Although, mine never overheated. When I gave my launch switch to my friend two years ago, he put a new fan in it & redid the thermal paste, and it ran silent like new after that.

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dmcc0

@Truegamer79 I've swapped the fan out and replaced the thermal paste on my Son's original switch after the fan got really loud - it never got to the point it shut down due to overheating though. Pretty simple to do and there are plenty of tutorials online.

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Truegamer79

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Yeah I'll probably go with that option. I do have experience taking apart consoles with some success. I just recently got a dead GameCube working again after the power board was fried.

Truegamer79

SwitchForce

Make sure you have those funky Y-screws set...I bought mine but haven't used it but just in-case.

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