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RCA D52W19 "crackles" and smells like its burning

My dad just called me, all upset about his RCA D52W19 "crackling" and smelling like its burning. He used it just fine last night, but it started acting up (AGAIN) this morning. The original problem was that it kept shutting off and not coming back on (this has been happening for about 3 months or so). He would wait for about 10-15 minutes and the TV would work again, but sometimes the picture would kinda do this 'flickering' thing. My dad is elderly and on a fixed income and he saved for several months to be able to afford this TV, which was $1300 when he bought it approx 4 years ago. What would cause the burning smell and the crackling noise? Is it even worth fixing, or should he just cut his losses? He has since unplugged the TV for fear that it will catch on fire. Thanks for your help :)

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Hello pmzone_guard, This problem is quite common in this TV it's due to a capacitor in the power supply being overloaded. The chassis model is a ITC222. The capacitor is located on the deflection board which is part of the power supply and should not be touch by someone that does not have TV Repair Experience, due to the fact that this area of the TV is the most dangerous. I would suggest having a qualified TV repair technician do the repair on this TV. If the problem is just that one capacitor the part will cost about $2.50 at the most, so the charge will be the cost of the part plus the labor involved. I hope this helps, Thank you, Shuttle83 http://www.electron-age-technologies-llc.com

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