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Needs to locate air filter

I get a display on the screen saying : air filter needs cleaning, call for service. tv will turn off after one hour. where is this air filter located and how to clean it

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Re: needs to locate air filter

It is located top of light engine. left side, fan is on the right.Black plastic vent facing up-wards.Right over a circuit board that has a wire going to the fan.Take out 4 gold screws filter is inside.
You can wash it w/MILD soap and water. MAKE SURE IT COMPLETLY DRY before you re-install it.Or use air in a can.
DO NOT BLOW air into the vent.You will damage the lcd by blowing dust on it. or cracking it if air gets cold. Hold can UP-RIGHT so air is NOT cold. If you need picts. Contact me at Hope this helps. Todd

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Re: needs to locate air filter

All of these projection tvs have an air filter - the bulbs get very hot and require air to circulate to cool them - without a filter you would get an effect similar to insects flying around in front of the set due to dust particles, which are also possibly able to damage the bulb. here is the link for the operating manual for your set if you need it, although it doesnt describe the location of the filter; If you are comfortable opening up the set yourself, first try to figure out where the cooling fan sucks air in from. somewhere between the outside of the set and the fan will be the filter - if you are struggling to find it still then try posting us a photo or two of the inside of the set - hopefully we can identify the filter - panasonic/matsushita reccommend very much that you do not replace the filter yourself, there are obviously issues that are more complicated than just taking a mesh screen out and cleaning it, so be careful. Hope this helps some - please post back with photos if you are still determined to try yourself, else if you can give me your general location i can try and find a local service centre that can deal with the problem. :)

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Re: needs to locate air filter

My friend in my years of repairing tv and other electronics components i have never hear of tv having air filter unless it is a new technology that i do not know about,but if your tv is turning off after 1 hour then you are having problem in your power supply crcuit.or horizontal circuit.have a tech look at your tv.only mechanical aparatus use air filter.example vehicle carburator.but i am stand to be corrected.good luck.

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The Panasonic air filter is located BEHIND the removable Front pops off and you should see it located in a "screwed in" panel.

But, it MAY be located on the BACK or side.....LOOK for a Grille with a grey or black foam piece. IF you don't find it behind or beside the TV, then pull off the Front panel.

Now, those foam filters can be removed from the grille-plate to be washed......the best way to wash it is to PUSH the dust out of the filter by turning the Clean-side of the filter TOWARDs your water source (the faucet or the Much-preferred Kitchen Sprayer)....Now get that DUST OUT!
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Every 400hours it will prompt to do so.

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Enter Service Mode: With the TV powered off (make sure it's off for a few minutes before trying this, or you'll wait for the customary cooldown period before anything happens if you turn the set off and try this stuff immediately), press and hold both the "VOLUME Down" button on the TV itself and the TV/VIDEO key on the remote control simultaneously for about 7 seconds (they say over 5 seconds in the manual). The TV will be turned on and it will have a screen full of status data atop an active TV channel.

Next, press the SWAP/STOP key on the remote for more than 5 seconds.

You should be taken to a screen that has " LAMP/FILTER/IIC" as a selectable entity. Press the Action key to select it and move to the next screen of info.

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You can also enter a different service mode menu to control a number of parameters, as I first learned from Doug McDonald at this link >> when I was trying to learn how to perform service mode color adjustments.

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Unfortunately, the service manual does not describe all the tweakable settings in the Factory Adjust menu.......

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