DUST vs iMac??


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jul 24, 2007
I'm ordering a new iMac tomorrow. I'm a little worried about the inability to open the iMac up and clean any of the fan blades. I know the fan on my tower, the fan on my graphics card, even my ceiling fan gets dusts around here (2 dogs, SoCal dust etc)....they require periodic cleaning or the gunk level gets....well....pretty gunky!!

Is there a filter of some kind that's easy to get to to keep the inside of my iMac nice and clean (read: cool)??

Or am I worrying about nothing?


Mr. Sexy

macrumors newbie
Aug 10, 2007
Not many openinsgs on the iMacs. You should be fine, just remove any dust that's visible on the dust if you want, to stop it from getting moreer inside the machine.


macrumors newbie
Jan 6, 2011
Dust V's Mac

Mac components attract dust, dirt, lint, carpet fibers, pet hair, and smoke particles. At least two fans are bringing air into the computer to keep the internal components cool. Unfortunately, the air also contains grime, which settles on the components, and can cause a variety of problems. Even the thinnest coating of dust will raise the temperature of your components. The grime buildup causes overheating, which eventually results in permanent hardware failure.

The best way to reduce the amount, is to dust around the area of the mac on a weekly basis. The use of compressed air is useful, however you may cause more damage if you do not use this product correctly. If you spray compressed air at any angle other than upright, moisture is omitted from the can and can make your problems worse. You may use a vacuum cleaner on a low setting to remove the dust from the air vents and surrounding casing. The use of a battery or USB vacuum cleaner is probably best. The use of a vacuum cleaner on high power can damage the components within the mac and can cause the fans to spin faster and cause long term damage.

Prevention is better and cheaper than the cure.

If you are really worried about the health of your Mac then the sure way of sorting it out is to send your Mac to a specialist apple tech company. Sure it costs around £50 to send in but this is better than £1500 for a new Machine. I do this on a yearly basis and my Mac comes back good as new.

Hope this helps :):apple: