While watching, my TV started crackleing, the screen went black, smoke and sparks shot out the back last night. We imeadiatly unplugged from surge protector. (The TV turned off automaticlly) When plugged back in, and turned on again, the same thing happened. About a month before the fireworks, the screen would go black a few times and then shut itself off. After a minute I could turn it back on. I called GE and they asked how old the surge protector was I and I said probably 2 years (as old as th TV) So I purchased a new one and TV worked fine for 2 weeks, then shot sparks. Please help! I have a feeling this could be an expensive fix and need to know if I should just buy a better TV.
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Re: HELP! Fire Hazzard!
It sounds like your focus/screen block, the flyback transformer, or maybe a CRT anode lead is leaking high voltage. This could be a serious problem, or could be a simple one. You should not attempt this repair unless you know all of the high voltage safety issues involved with this TV set. Good Luck
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There could be a few things that would cause this. I would suspect that you have a problem with either the power supply board or the main board. Based on my experience, the main boards go before the power supplies. What is the model #
Smoke = overheating = big short = big failure of a part.
Unplug the tv immediately - you don't want t set your house on fire - and call a repaiman. Since the tv has been smoking then the damage will be extensive - a lot of parts, even entire boards, have been damaged. Te repair will be costly.
Ur tv the LCD inverter board it dead.This board it help to get a backlight to ur LCD screen panel go through the Tuner board to produre a picture.Replaced this LCD inverter board u will get ur picture back.Tries websites like Shopjimmy.com,Ebay.com to buy a refurbish LCD inverter board for the replacement.It a long board in shape.
Unfortunately RCA are a cheap and nasty budget end television. If it is out of warranty there is little you can do, apart from having it repaired or buying a new one.
The troubling fact is that it sounds like it may have been about to set on fire. This gives concern that it might be, or should be the subject of a manufacturer recall. So in your case, I would contact RCA once more and ask if your set is the subject of a recall? If they say no, say to them that you are going to contact the Recall Agency, because you think this set may have been about to burst into flames. See how fast they respond :>)
Pop and flash meaning that the picture turns on and off? Many people's tv eventually just turns off all together. Furthermore, if you notice a crackling sound, it isn't just the sound of the tv turning off, it is the sound of sparks and flames emitting from the back of the television. Take notice of this as it is a fire hazzard. If you do notice this, please report the problem to the consumer product safety commision. I beleieve this common problem with large sparks and flames warrants a recall.
Something like this Id have someone who knows there way around electronics, a qualified tech or someone you trust really well :-) Does the crackling affect the TV picture at all ? My first guess would be dust and or dampness on the audio components. Sometimes this can conduct electricity across small pc chips and reak all sorts of havoc. I had an old Tomas electric organ once, and it actually caught fire because two speaker wires were rubbing together and eventually wore thru the insulation and shorted out, but it was also making alot of crackling and static noises. Try raising and lowering the volume low to high and high to low and see if the crackling noises gets worse. Some audio amplifiers put out quite a bit of power, so I wouldnt trust leaving the TV on without a fire extinguisher handy.