The Xbox 360 has had some serious problems with breaking over time. Many know of the dreaded red ring of death where the Xbox is completely broken. There are things that you can do that will care for your Xbox so that it will last much longer. Below we will discuss what you can do to extend the lifespan of your Xbox.
First of all, be sure that you do not move the Xbox while it is playing. The disc is spinning quickly and can be scratched very easily. It is much more sensitive than something like a laptop. For one reason or another it is just a bad idea to move it while the disc is inside.
Do not leave the discs in your Xbox 360 after you are done playing. Be sure to take them out of the machine as soon as you are done. This helps your games and your Xbox to last much longer.
Do what you can to not obstruct the vents. If you block them, the Xbox will get way too warm which can cause hardware failure. There is a very common mistake where people put these in small areas in their entertainment center. It gets too hot for the Xbox causing it to fail.
Try to keep the power supply away from the rest of the console. This part of the Xbox gets very hot. If it is next to the console, it is going to cause extra heating problems that you do not need to have.
Get a laptop cooling pad. These have fans on them that will help take away the heat from the console. They are designed for laptops but will do the same job with a console as well. It will lower the internal temperature of your machine and keep everything cooler.
Use a power strip to help protect against surges. You might also consider using your Xbox on its own outlet as it draws quite a bit of power.