If you are a serious gamer, you could be spending hours per day playing your PlayStation. The last thing you would want to happen is for it to break down. Especially if you have a warranty, it could take weeks before you’re playing again. The average wait time is two weeks and that means weeks without your favorite video game. The worst thing is to see that yellow light, that indicates it’s time to send it out for service. So what can you do to avoid this? There are some simple preventive steps you can take that will give you longevity in your gaming console.

Whenever possible, stand the PlayStation on its side. Placing it horizontally will make it over heat faster. This important if you play for hours. Try to keep it away from other items that may cause it to overheat. This is especially important for the original models. The first PS3 I bought lasted about six months before it broke down. If possible you may consider getting a ventilation system that will give you longer playing time. When playing on your system for more than three hours, it is a good idea to turn it off and allow it to cool. It also depends on how your using it. Browsing the net or using it to watch a movie online does not have the same effect a using a disc.

Cleaning it periodically is a must. Dust and dirt can be your PlayStation’s biggest enemy. Vents that keep it from overheating are the places that accumulate the most dust. Keeping it off the floor is ideal. Unfortunately, dust will still find its way into the system. If possible avoid opening the system, tampering with the sticker is a sure way to void the warranty. Purchasing the basic air duster is a great way to remove any dust. Consistently using the air duster will help keep the dust to a minimum. Be careful not to over use the duster, because it can cause damage if used improperly.A simple wipe down of your system can also help.

Things are not made to last like they use to. People spend a lot of money for their favorite electronic devices and treating them with care counts. Taking care of the things you value will only make them last longer. Give your PS3 the love it deserves and it will love you back.

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