mac air: clicking noise on left side and loud fan

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by sunohc, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. sunohc macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2011
    hey everyone,
    new here though I've been lurking for quite some time.

    I got a new macbook air 13" in January and I love almost everything about it but two things:

    1) the loud fan.
    it heats up pretty quick if it's on my lap and I'm just surfing the internet,
    and the fan is louuuud. I honestly have no idea how the laptop cools itself though since I don't see any vents nor feel air coming out of it.

    I do have a cooling fan for it but for the times when I have it on my lap, I wish the sound of the fan wasn't so distracting...
    Is there a way / program that any of you use for Macbook airs that helps control the heating problem? (or is this unusual for my macbook air)

    2) slight click noise on the left side (left of the trackpad)
    It'll make slight clicking noises when I touch it or grab the laptop on that side.
    I've noticed that the 13" macbook air feels a bit LESS dense and compact as the 11" macbook air (that my brother has).
    It feels like it'd snap or crack if when I put pressure on the laptop closed (while the 11" doesn't give me that feeling)

    Just some quick questions I had about my macbook air.
    The heating problem has been bothering a bit more lately, especially since it's getting hotter where I am.

    I'm getting used to the clicking noises but it is annoying some times.

  2. darknite38 macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2010
  3. Mr. Savage macrumors regular

    Mr. Savage

    Jun 11, 2010
    Do you have iStat widget installed? Trying to get an idea of processes and RPMs of fan.
  4. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
    I have a loud click when picking up or pushing on the left side of my 11" air, that's normal for everyone else as well?
  5. sunohc thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2011
    my brother has the 11 air and he has never had that clicking problem i think..

    on iStat, usually only CPU temperature goes up to 80 C
    the rest is at 30-ish

    the RPM goes up to 5000-ish though when I am using 50-70% CPU

    just downloaded coolbook gonna try that out too
  6. Gemütlichkeit macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    Could a bearing be going bad causing the clicking and slow speeds to heat up the laptop?

    Also if you're browsing youtube n what not, I noticed flash heats up the laptop like crazy, download the latest 10.12 I believe. It reduces CPU processing and heat.
  7. SamTheeGeek macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I Got the same clicking noise too. Shouldn't be a problem ;)
  8. Mr. Savage macrumors regular

    Mr. Savage

    Jun 11, 2010
    Does the MBA only heat up when its on your lap or does it also heat up when used on a flat surface?? The vents on the MBA are very narrow and thus, easily blocked— especially if you happen to prop it up on a pillow etc. while it's on your lap.
  9. zulumonk macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2009
    I have a clicking noise as well on the left side of my Air. I'm afraid that it might snap one day, but I know that it shouldn't. I'm tempted to take it in to a Apple store and see what they have to say.

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