iMac fan constantly running, I've tried everything!

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  1. EheroDC, Jan 3, 2015
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    EheroDC macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have a Mac (21.5-inch, Mid 2010)
    Processor: 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3,
    Memory: 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3,
    Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4670 256 MB,
    Running Yosemite 10.10.1

    The fan is constantly running quite loud. I have never had this problem until recently and it seems to have started doing it for no apparent reason. I haven't changed any settings or done anything recently. In fact, the most recent change was upgrading to Yosemite.

    I have tried doing a SMC reset (several times) which didn't change anything. I have tried lots of doing different ways of doing a Apple Hardware/Diagnostics Test and it told me that "The Apple Hardware Test is not compatible with this machine".
    I have kept a close look at my Activity Monitor and nothing is spiking, average use is: System 2.75%, User 5.67%, Idle 90.4%
    Using smcFanControl I know the fan is running at 29C and average 996rpm. I don't know if those stats are normal or not, but my fan is still making more noise than it ever has.

    Please, can somebody help! I have been trying for weeks now with no success. I very worried that using my Mac is going to damage something and I desperately need it for work. Can anybody suggest anything outside of taking it to apple because that is my last resort which is going to cost me a lot of money

    Thank you in advance for your help
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Have you opened it up for any reason, like to replace the hard drive with another or an SSD?
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Sounds like the temperature sensor or perhaps that cable is discounted. As SBG asked, did you open it up for any reason?

    I did something similar to my Mini, I replaced the hard drive with an SSD, and knocked the cable out of the connector. When I got it all together, the fans were blasting full speed. I had to take it apart and make sure all the connections were tight (they weren't)
     
  4. EheroDC thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nope, Ive never done any kind of work to it or opened it up for any reason.
     
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    I still wonder if its a sensor that's gone wonky :(
     
  6. EheroDC thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How would I check for that?
     
  7. tyche macrumors 6502

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    29C is very cool and 996 rpm is basically as low as you can go and will make no noise. If you're hearing fans blasting really loud that is close to 5,000 rpm.

    So smcFanControl is not reading correctly. Sounds like something is broke causing the iMac to max the fans but at the same time report normal values.

    Maybe someone can suggest some other monitoring tools perhaps iStat (free version) to see if it can detect abnormalities or SMART errors.
     
  8. EheroDC thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Through iStat I have found out its my CPU fan that is running at around 4000rpm. I'm guessing that is what is making the noise. Any advice?
     
  9. joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

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    1000 rpm is around the base speed for the fan - the SMC won't let it run slower than this under normal circumstances, so if it's making a lot of noise then it could be a faulty bearing.

    At 1000 rpm (assuming the reading is accurate), the fan should be near silent.

    Take it to Apple and have them look at it if possible - you may be able to get them to replace it for you.
     
  10. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    In activity monitor, do you have any processes using the CPU in excess?
     
  11. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    you said smc is reset.

    turn off the computer
    unplug it
    make sure smc is reset by holding down the power button for 5 seconds, forget what apple says about waiting 15 seconds, that should guarantee that the smc is reset

    its been a while since i did this, i might be wrong

    like SandboxGeneral and maflynn says it could be a lose wire. or you installed a hard disk without a sensor wire.

    but if you run apple hardware test in extended test , it should tell you that there is something wrong with the fans or sensor, it will spit out an error code if there is something wrong with the fans/temp wires.
    support.apple.com/en-us/HT201257


    if i am wrong about a.h.t. then you need to go to the genius bar and use genius bar diagnosis test to check the fans and temperature sensors, last time i ran the genius bar test it made it look like my mac book air had more then 10 temp sensors.

    other then that i just don't know. reinstall os x??? reset pram???

    i asked the genius over there once what was the difference between apple hard ware test and genius diagnostics, he said nothing at all. it had no other functionality
     
  12. EheroDC thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Biggest CPU % is Dropbox at around 14%. Safari and Activity Monitor itself pop up, but thats about it.

    By the sounds of it, do you reckon its a case of needing to take it in to be looked at?
     
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    Well, if you don't have massive CPU utilization and have never opened it up to swap out the HDD, then yes, I'd say take it in. There could possibly be a blown capacitor causing the fan to spin up like that, or something else.
     
  14. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    oooh
    yeah i didn't see that you tried a.h.t. already

    yeah i had the same problem too on my mac mini. they changed internet hardware test so it no longer runs on 2010 machines!!!!


    you need your original disks that came with the computer, and press and hold the D key on the disk that says "please insert this disk and hold down the d key" hahaha

    that will test your fans/sensors

    i tried D, option D and whatever D during boot to get internet diags and i had the same problem, and it won't work and you need your original disks
     
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  17. SmarttaskOffice macrumors newbie

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    If you download the following program HDD Fan Control.dmg it will fix your problems.
     
  18. Kemogeden, Feb 22, 2017
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    After 5 years of this problem, even taking it in to the Dealership and them saying it was something wrong with the logic board, and because I had no AppleCare I either had to live with it or buy a new computer, I finally fixed it! I tried SMC Fan Control, HDD Fan Control, and nothing worked. I'll get to the point, but I would like to say had I not returned to this ongoing problem while fixing other things it wouldn't have worked. What worked for me, was the Macs Fan Control program! It runs now at a quiet temp and it is perfect! Thanks.
     
  19. black71 macrumors newbie

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    Kemogeden!!! I could kiss your bald head. I've been working on this forever and no other solution worked. I just downloaded Macs Fan Control and ---- IT WORKED!!!! Thank you so much. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. This has been bugging me to no end.
     
  20. Kemogeden macrumors newbie

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    Thanks man. I run it using the temp of the Airport Card. Running at 1792 rpm right now; much better than 3600! Cheers.
     
  21. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Do keep an eye on the temps though at 7 years old it could well be that the thermal paste has degraded and the fans were spinning up to keep the GPU cool you will now be risking damaging the GPU if you force it to be slower when it needs that cooling.
     
  22. black71 macrumors newbie

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    Excellent point. Will keep an eye on it. Still working perfectly.
     
  23. mlaun macrumors newbie

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    You're a Godsend. Thank you for posting this. I know the cause for me is a failed internal HD. I don't care because I'm using an external SDD for my system drive. No I feel I can sleep easier tonight :)
     
  24. Kemogeden macrumors newbie

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    My pleasure!
     
  25. Southern Dad macrumors 65816

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    This has been driving me crazy on my iMac 27" for quite a while. Kemogeden's solution works. I was also able to tell the problem is the ODD fan. A quick change of which sensor should control that fan and all is good now.
     

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