To prevent your M2 MacBook Air from overheating, try this hazardous 15 fix

According to sources, the fanless architecture of the new MacBook Air (M2, 2022) has some overheating difficulties, but a simple – and dangerous – hack might remedy it.

The new MacBook Air did not overheat during our testing, but it appears that some users are having issues with the notebook reducing its speed (known as throttling) in order to prevent significant damage.

The internal components of the MacBook Air (M2, 2022) are kept cool by a heatsink rather than the usual built-in fans seen in most laptops. It’s a tradeoff that makes the MacBook Air more difficult to keep cool in hot environments, but this technology makes it smaller and lighter than many other computers while still running absolutely silently.

But YouTuber Max Tech appears to have come up with an inexpensive solution to this problem by removing the MacBook Air’s heatsink and installing thermal pads on top. The best part about this is that it costs only 15.

The results are encouraging, with the MacBook Air taking one minute and 23 seconds to reach 108 degrees Celsius after the thermal pads were installed. Just 28 seconds earlier, it would have reached the desired temperature.

As you can see in the video above, this improves the MacBook Air’s performance since it lasts longer before it throttles performance when performing intense activities.

In contrast to the new MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) does not suffer from this problem because it includes built-in fans to keep it cool.

Is this MacBook Air repair worth a shot for you?

In spite of the fact that this 15 patch appears to have made an impact, we highly advise against doing it yourself. Putting the thermal pads on the MacBook Air’s heatsink isn’t difficult; in fact, it’s a simple process that just requires unscrewing four screws on the back of the laptop.

In theory, increasing the amount of thermal paste on the logic board may assist, but this is a far more dangerous and time-consuming undertaking.

Why, therefore, do we advise against attempting this fix? Opening up a gadget is always a risky endeavour, and you may inadvertently harm critical electronic components while doing so. Additionally, if the pads are installed improperly, it might exacerbate the overheating problem and lead to permanent damage to your laptop.

The warranty will very probably be voided if you open up the MacBook Air and try to fix it yourself. The warranty may be voided if that happens, and you’ll have to shell out a lot of money to get it repaired by Apple if that happens.

If this problem is prevalent, we expect Apple to investigate an official remedy, which may potentially include physical repairs or replacement. If you’ve tried an unauthorised remedy, you may no longer be eligible for a free repair under warranty.

For the time being, we recommend that you wait for a response from Apple before making any decisions. Although the MacBook Air isn’t built for heavy jobs like the MacBook Pro 13-inch, Apple may argue that the MacBook Air isn’t as powerful as the MacBook Pro.