AC Protection Plan cover Heat Damage?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by illusiumd, May 27, 2015.

  1. illusiumd macrumors newbie

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    So in hindsight I should have probably bought an iMac or built a Hackintosh for some of the CPU intensive (Adobe video applications) programs I run. I've got a bit of a warm office and my MBP 15 L.2013 Retina idles at 55-65 C -- under load maxing at around 90-94 (encoding video - rendering in AE).

    I feel like I should invest in the Apple Care Protection Plan primarily out of fear of the heat -> and am wondering:

    Does this cover heat related damage?

    Has anyone had any heat related damage on their MBPs? If so - how'd Apple handle you?
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Well it'll cover any hardware failure.

    However those numbers are completely normal.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If damage is determined to be the result of manufacturing defect, it's covered. Otherwise, it's not. However, you're not going to have heat damage, as your MBP will automatically shut down to prevent damage if it ever actually overheated. Your temps are normal.

    If you’re not already doing so, use iStat Pro (free) or iStat Menus ($16) to get accurate readings of your temps, fan speeds, etc., rather than relying on your sense of touch or sound. A forum member has posted a copy of iStat Pro that has been "tweaked" to enhance compatibility with recent OS X versions. You can download it here.
    The Intel processors used in Macs are designed to automatically shut down to prevent damage if they truly overheat. CPU Tjmax = 105C (221F), GPU Tjmax = 100C (212F) on i3, i5, i7 processors. (GPU Tjmax may vary with specific models.)(Source: Intel)
    Unless there is a rare defect in a Mac, most temps are well within the normal operating range, considering the workload being put on it. Websites with Flash content, games and other multimedia apps will put higher demand on the CPU/GPU, generating more heat. This is normal. If you’re constantly putting high demands on your system, such as gaming or other multimedia tasks, expect temps to rise and fans to spin up accordingly. It’s just your Mac doing its job to maintain temps within the normal range.
    It is also quite normal for your Mac to become extremely hot to the touch during intensive operations. The aluminum body transfers heat more effectively than other materials used in computer casings, so you will feel the heat more. This doesn’t indicate that it’s overheating and will not harm the computer to be hot to the touch.
    The fans in Macs will spin faster as needed to keep temps at a safe level. If your fans are spinning up without increased heat, try resetting the SMC. (PRAM/NVRAM has nothing to do with these issues, so resetting it will not help.)
    The intake and exhaust vents are in the back of the computer near the hinge on all Mac notebooks (except the new MBP with retina display, which has intake vents along the sides at the bottom). The iMac vent is on the back of the computer. Make sure the vents remain unblocked to allow your computer to perform at its best. For Flash-related issues:
     

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