Weirdly, Laptop Power Brick Overheats at Home but Not at Work

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Ok this is a weird one. I got a Gigabyte Aero 15w laptop recently and have been gaming on it (Final Fantasy XV to be specific). I noticed that while plugged in at work, the power brick gets slightly warm to the touch which I figure is normal for a laptop using a 1060 GPU. However, when at home, same exact cord, same power brick, it heats up quickly to the point of being unbearably hot. Once it even said the laptop was plugged in but no longer charging. I tried a different cord with the same result. The laptop itself warms up too but not unbearably so.

Now my house is old, like 1940s-1950s old and the power outlets have been wonky. I was wondering if the outlet at home could be the cause of my problem? I'd hate to have to RMA the laptop again since the first one had a bad fan.
 

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Check the voltage at the outlet. Chances are, the outlet at work is on the high end of the 110V-120V, and your outlet at home is on the low side of it, maybe even under the "standard;" this will increase the stress on the adapter considerably.
 

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You outlet may also be miswired (phase and neutral swapped), and probably no ground. No a power strip will not help. How about trying a different outlet at home, in a different room.
 
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