Sure, this is a standard definition TV, and sure it is a CRT, but I love this TV. It has served us well for around 7 years and I still enjoy watching it. I take good care of the tv, use good cables, and keep it pluged into a power conditioner. However, yesterday when i turned it on to attempt to watch a little True Blood, the tv did not respond at all. I pressed the power button and saw no lights, no buzz, no hum. I checked all the power connections and power strips that i could but no matter what i tried, the TV was dead.
After some googling i learned that this is a fairly common issue for this TV. I also learned that the problem may be resolved by simply replacing a fuse in the power supply. I was very happy to learn that I had a shot at resurrecting the TV without having to lift the monster to move it, and without having to take the main shell off of it.
BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING, UNPLUG THE TV!
(Thanks to Mr. Jeff Olsem for reminding me about this important part!)
Also, don’t blame me if you break anything. Proceed at your own risk!
The TV is a Panasonic 36″ Tau Flat Screen Model TBM2AC0282. First thing was to get access to the back of the TV. Luckly, i was able to rotate the tv a bit on its stand and squeeze back there. My other option would hav ebeen to sait for a negibor to be able to help me because moving the tv off the stand is a two person job, and I would never ask my wife to lift something that heavy.
On the back of the TV, just left of where the power cord enters the TV is a screw that needs to be removed in order to get this little acces panel open. It is pretty dark back here, sorry for the poor photo.
It was a long strech to get down to the fuse. Forceps have been a key tool in my electronics toolbox for years, they came in very handy today. I do not think longnose pliars will reach that far into such a small hole. I have read about people who just cut a larger hole in the back of the tv to get better access. Not pretty, but i guess that would work if you don’t have access to something long and thin enough to reach the fuse for you.
Wish me luck!!
I ran out and spoke with Dennis at the Radio Shack over in Lake Zurich, IL and came home with the 4 replacement fuses for under $4. I used my forceps to install the new fuse and the TV fired right up.