Do Roku Sticks Burn Out or Get Bricked like Gaming Consoles?


Do Roku Sticks burn out or not? You should be aware that any piece of electronics can burn out. However, the Roku Stick specifically has a set lifespan that can be cut short due to exposure to extreme levels of heat or if it’s overheating itself.

The Roku Streaming Stick or Roku Stick is a dependable device a bit larger than your USB stick but can be stuck behind or beside your TV (wherever its HDMI ports are located) in order to allow it to gain access to various streaming sites.

This includes Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, WWE Network, Crackle, Peacock, FX/NOW, ANC, Spotify, YouTube, Disney+, HBOMax, and so forth. However, what if your Roku stops working straight from the box or after a few months’ use?

Do Roku Sticks Burn Out?

Yeah. Or rather they can overheat to the point of not working any longer. A typical Roku Stick should last from 5 to 7 years with regular use and 3 to 5 years with daily use. If you were to take care of your Roku, it can last beyond 7 years with no issues.

However, due to overheating, dust accumulation that also causes overheating, room temperature, climate, and simple wear-and-tear from its moving parts, the Roku Stick could suffer from slowdown or unresponsiveness as early as Year 3 then stop working in Year 5 or earlier.

Like any appliance big or small, your Roku has a limited shelf-life and could last or breakdown depending on how carefully you use it.

Do Roku Sticks Burn Out
Do Roku Sticks Burn Out?

Why is Your Roku Stick Overheating All of a Sudden?

If your Roku Stick keeps overheating, it might be because of an enclosed area that promotes the rise in internal temperatures, like a pressure cooker situation. Also, avoid exposing the device to direct sunlight because it can also absorb heat energy that way.

If it’s located too close to the TV, you should fix that by finding other HDMI ports or using an HDMI port extension or switcher in order for it to move farther away from sources of heat.  Also, avoid placing it atop another electronic unit.

HDMI extenders allow the stick to gain much-needed space and cool-down from the HDTV and itself, thus keeping its temperature at controllable levels.

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What Should You Do Once Your Roku Stick Overheats?

If your Roku Stick overheats unplug the device and let it cool down. When disconnecting it, be careful when handling the device. It might be scalding hot and you might injure yourself holding it. After unplugging the stick, place it in an open-air space where it can drop its temperature.

Allow it to cool down by leaving it alone and waiting for about 10 minutes to 15 minutes. It should work afterwards unless the heat has significantly degraded its circuitry.

How Do You Cool Down Your Roku Stick When It Gets Hot?

Unplugging your Roku Stick and its power cable should help in cooling it down. It also helps to find a cool place to get it become cooler but don’t make its cool-down too sudden. For example, don’t place it inside the freezer to make it cold too fast because that could damage it as well.

An open-space area should assist its cool-down significantly. Avoid using closed spaces like a box, basket, drawer, or closet. Wait at least 10 minutes to get your Roku back to okay temperatures or as long as 15 minutes. Just leave it alone for now.

What Does It Mean if Your Roku Stick Overheats Too Often?

This means your Roku Stick has become compromised and cannot hold its temperature down like a brand new stick would. It could also mean that even though the device could normally get warm when used, it should go over a particular temperature or else it might overheat.

Perhaps your room has a heater or radiator too near the TV. Maybe one summer day just ended up becoming too hot for comfort. You will be warned by the device by the white light going red and getting a “Your device is overheating” notification once that limit is crossed.

How Do You Avoid Your Roku Stick from Overheating?

Here are several things you can do to avoid overheating your Roku Stick.

  • Make Way for Cool-Off Time: Make sure your Roku Stick has enough cool-off or recovery time after you’ve watched a Netflix series marathon on it.
  • Avoid Sunlight Exposure: Your Roku Stick can last much longer than 7 years if it were to avoid sunlight like a vampire. Place your stick away from areas where the golden rays of the sun can reach it. Avoid direct sunlight exposure.
  • Regular Cleaning is a Must: Make a habit of cleaning the Roku Streaming Stick in order to make sure it doesn’t get clogged with heat-inducing dust. Do so every week for the sake of safety.

What Happens When Your Roku Overheats?

If your stick is overheating, your audio might drop or become out of sync. Then the device might shut down altogether. It’s thought of as normal for the stick to get warm when used. However, it’s not normal for it to become too hot or scalding hot.

Roku Sticks do wear out or go bad as well as burnout due to overheating. This applies mostly to the older models since today’s sticks have gotten hardware improvements. They tend to restart more the hotter they get.

The device is supposed to last long hours during use so it’s either been compromised by overuse or it’s located somewhere that has high temperatures that assist its overheating.

Should Roku Be Unplugged When Not Used?

Roku devices should remain powered on so that their net connection won’t suffer from disconnection. This way, you can get updates downloaded on short notice. Having constant power helps start the device quickly too.

Therefore, you should find other means to lower the stick’s temperature when in use. Over time, your stick will degrade like many electronics out there.

On average, the stick works for about 3 to 5 years. Older models might overheat due to not being able to take the more sophisticated software of today’s streaming apps at that.

The Score

If your Roku Stick has or is overheating then stopped functioning you should seek a replacement. Ditto if it is responding but remains compromised after you tried restarting it, updating its software, and resetting it to factory settings.

A Roku Stick could be replaced if you were to end up with a broken stick within a year of purchase. Otherwise, consider buying a new stick or perhaps getting some other stick brand such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick instead.

References:

  1. Are Roku sticks supposed to get hot?“, Quora.com, September 27, 2018
  2. Joe Ford, “Why is my Roku stick overheating all of a sudden?” AnswertoAll.com, October 31, 2019

Andy Avery

I really enjoy helping people with their tech problems to make life easier, ​and that’s what I’ve been doing professionally for the past decade.

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