Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I'm a TV Repairwoman!?!

Well, at least a helper!  Just before we moved to Texas, our wonderful Samsung LCD TV decided to stop turning on.  It would "click, click, click, click, click" for hours!  So, we brought it with us, anyway, thinking that maybe we could get someone to fix it. 

Getting tired of watching hulu.com from my tiny laptop screen, I decided to do a little research.  Guess what?  Apparently Samsung TVs are just plain defective!  Tons of people are having the same problem--with a repair bill of up to $500!  They put in a capacitor that was too small, causing the TV to short out as the capacitors go bad. 

See the X in the middle?  It's sort of bulging out instead of being totally flat.  And the black in the X is a sign that it's leaking.  Turns out, these capacitors cost just a few bucks each.  With the purchase of a soldering kit, you can repair the TV yourself for around $25-30!

So, I sent Ryan to watch the youtube instructional video, then to Radio Shack to pick up the soldering kit and the 4 35V 1000uf capacitors that we figured we would need.  (most of the TVs have either 3/4 that need to be replaced.)  Here are the kids hiding away in their room so they wouldn't be anywhere near the soldering gun.  :-)

So, the first step was unscrewing the back of the TV and removing the board.  (Yes, I'm totally a girl and I don't know what the real name for it is.) 

Then, Ryan put the board on a magazine on the kitchen table. (fancy!)   Ryan used the soldering gun to melt the solder, while I pulled and wiggled the capacitors out from the other side.  Careful to check the charge (positive is the long wire, negative is the short one), Ryan put the new capacitors on.  It was a tight fit, but it worked! 

He put the board back in the TV, screwed the back on, and plugged it in.  SUCCESS!  What an accomplishment!  A little less than an hour and around $25 and we had our TV back.  Nice.  :-)

3 comments:

Diane said...

You go girl! Congrats! I always love when I can fix stuff. Have you ever been to bejane.com? I have learned how to do all kinds of stuff. I completely remodeled the kids bathroom using her site. You might find it fun and congratulations on the TV again!

worryfreemom said...

I'll check out that site, thanks, Diane! And thanks for keeping up with my blog!

Kelly said...

That's amazing-I don't think I would have even thought about fixing it on our own! Way to go!

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