Worried about my Mac & heat!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iphonehype, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. iphonehype macrumors 6502

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    Hi All,

    Mid 2012 MacBook here. Worried about my fans, they are always spinning loud and when they stop I can still hear them. If I tilt my Mac I can hear a fan make a noise on the right side.

    Out of warranty clearly - does it need a clean out? Will Apple do for free? Worried it might die if not addressed soon!

    Thanks All!
     
  2. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    I don't think Apple will clean your MBP for free (normally), but you can. Pretty easy to open it up and get the lint and dust out, which might be enough.

    Could be software related, though. You can try things like resetting the SMC, maybe doing a clean install of the OS.
     
  3. iphonehype thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks i've done all that. Software it fine. If I tilnt the Mac I can hear one of the fans ratling. Could it be broken or is it the dust itself?
     
  4. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    Could be dust on the fan blades. You can clean the fans too. There are videos, I haven't tried it.

    I doubt the fan is broken, but I suppose that could be too.
     
  5. Freakonomics101 macrumors 65816

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    This isn't just a question to the OP but would an air duster work?
     
  6. jerryk macrumors 68040

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    It really is pretty easy to clean the fans and check where the noise is coming from. Removing the back cover is just pulling a bunch of Torq screws. Check out iFitit for videos.
     
  7. SteveJUAE macrumors 68000

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    Not normally in my experience :)

    Its not so much dust on the fan blades but more likely fluff build up on the intake/exhaust where a perfect little plug forms that's easily removed with tweezers

    Just make sure you ground yourself in case you cause any static issues
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    No, Apple doesn't really do things like that for free.

    I would open up the back of the laptop and inspect the fans, at the very least that sort of operation isn't difficult.
     
  9. robvas macrumors 68030

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    You can easily overspin the fans.
     

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