Maybe this helps:
After plugging in the iMac and turning it on, the fans (blowers) may be noisy and appear to run at full speed. In this event, shutting the iMac off and turning it on again wouldn't fix the issue.
If you press the iMac power button while you are inserting the power cord, the iMac will enter a mode in which the fans (blowers) run at full speed. In order to correct the issue, reset the SMC
and then start the computer by pressing the power button after
the power cord has been fully inserted.
The iMac should now start up and operate as expected.
First download and install smcFanControl 2.2.2
. Set it up to provide (still quiet) minimum fan speeds of 2200 rpm for the HD and 2800 rpm for the CPU, leave the Optical Drive fan at 600 rpm to minimize dust accumulation (or just tweak it up if/when you will be using it much) ....