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To repair or not repair or can we do this ourselves?

This was purchased in 1999.  When watching the tv the tv would shut itself off.  You would see the on and off switch blink off and on.  If you turned it back on, the tv would come on and then shut off again within a few minutes.  Eventually it would not turn on anymore. 

Prior to this occurring, it looked like the tube might be going out as kind of orange/brownish blotches on the picture began to appear. 

We have had this happen about five years ago and had the tv serviced which cost $400.00.  Because of its age and possible service costs, we are wondering if this is something that we might be able to repair ourselves?  We downloaded the service manual from this website but it looks pretty complicated.  Any suggestions?

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Re: To repair or not repair or can we do this ourselves?

Without the brand and model number it is hard to say for sure, but you have a high voltage draw on the board somewhere. This is complicated to check and in many instances you need specialized equipment to check different components, not to mention the dangerously high voltages involved. You will need to be very familiar with soldering small joints on a circuit board once the problem component is found.

If you are not familiar with television circuits or have a friend that is that can be there to guide you I strongly advise you not to try to repair it yourself.

That being said, the cost of any kind of electronics repair on a television will probably be $500 or more. If the board itself has to be replaced, it is probably no longer available due to the age of it. Most boards are no longer available after about 5 years because the technology is increasing so fast.

My reccommendation with the information you gave is to replace the set.

Hope this helps.


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