I am having Macbook Retina(13 inches). How can I check whether laptop's fan is working or not?

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    Based on your comment on the answer, I'd try shutting down the computer and running Apple Hardware Test. It's possible you have a broken fan or a broken fan sensor. If AHT fails, it's time to take it in for service
    – NoahL
    May 10, 2017 at 19:10
  • Don't forget to "DONATE" to the developers, like smcFanControl... thanks to them we can cool down our Macs up to 6,000rpm... the default 1,200rpm is not enough most of the time!
    – Gork
    Sep 2, 2018 at 5:09

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There are a few apps that are available to use as Fan Utilities - they will show you current speed, as well as allow you to enable the fans to full blast.

Here's one I have used previously:


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    – fsb
    May 10, 2017 at 18:45
  • Yes, I tried. But I am getting the speed as 000rpm, none of the sound from the fan.
    – Kumar KS
    May 10, 2017 at 19:08

Personally I'm using iStat Menus:


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12 Alternatives to Macs Fan Control :


  • Thanks for the response. I tried. I think the problem because of the fan. At least, once have to go to Apple care center.
    – Kumar KS
    May 13, 2017 at 14:34

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