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Just had lightning strike our electric pole. Electricity is now back on but tv doesn't work.

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The first thing to do is notify your insurance company because lightning ruins sensitive electronics. The television is most likely not reparable. There are too many ways for the high voltage to come in and destroy it.

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Our electricity went out for a few minutes, and since then the TV will not turn on. The green light is flashing. We tried resetting it by pushing a pen point into the reset hole, but it does nothing. ...

Your power outage may have been caused by a nearby lightning strike, or any number of
1000 different reasons that cause power surges, brown-outs, voltage spikes, inductive loading,
and/or utility pole breaker trips and resets (this accounts for your power loss (a pole breaker trip),
followed by restoration of power (the pole breaker automatically reset) - even plain old high electrical demand causing an overload due to air conditioning demands caused by hot weather.
When the pole breaker reset, your TV caught a power surge.
Whenever a power outage occurs, quickly power off (or better, unplug) any/all computers, TVs,
etc. that are not protected by surge-protection.
As an electrician, when someone loses an item of electronics concommitant to an electrical
anomaly, its almost
always traceable to a nearby lightning strike (or the power company provided equivalent), accompanied by inadequate surge protection for
the VCR/TV/Computer/Stereo/uninsured valuable electronic item/XBOX 360/Nintendo Wii.
Surge protection can
be provided by the consumer at the power strip (a good one with builtin MOV protection and a
warranty costs $20, whereas a zero-protection 4-outlet or 6-outlet power strip will cost $4-$5).
Your electrician can provide whole-house surge protection where a whole-house MOV-based (metal oxide varistor) surge protector, or per-circuit protection can be installed with
a GFCI breaker (or better, an AFCI breaker) can be installed.
GFCI = ground fault circuit interruptor
AFCI = Arc fault circuit interruptor
Lightning protection is especially important in Florida, which is the "lightning capital of the world."
I've never found a good solution to lightning-fried electronics (random power supply components are destroyed and/or fuse blown), other than renters insurance or homeowners insurance.

Your only real hope for an economical fix is to look for a blown fuse, and replace it.

If desperate to attempt a fix on your own, you could try replacing the entire TV power supply as a module, but even this provides
no guarantee of a fix - lightning damage can extend beyond the power supply.
When traveling, I will always unplug everything before I leave (except the security system),
and also turn off the breakers to unneeded house circuits (which kills the wall switches that
control interior lighting - forcing a burglar to use their flashlight instead of interior lighting)
which is the least convenient lightning protection, but highly effective, and cheap (free).

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Sanyo dp32648 possible lighting strike, whats needed to fix and a possible cost an can i repair myself?

It wont turn on? Well if it is damaged by lightning the only thing damaged would be the varactors on the power supply. They are there to absorb tremendous surge of electricity. The same way a surge protector works. A worse case scenario is the power supply board is fried up. Then being a non electronic technician you can purchase the whole board or order on line and install them yourself. If you brought it to a shop they will charged you for the labor and the board. Don't buy used boards on the internet because a lot of them are no good in my own experience. Get a new one for about a little over a hundred buck or so.

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When you say that your fridge/ white goods appliance was damaged by high voltage, we need to exactly what the voltage source was that did the deed.

If you are talking about a bigger voltage input source, from the mains suupply, then it is likely you would have had a fuse within the plug that would have blown. This should be the first thing you will check regardless of the voltage.

If however, you are telling me that your house took an in-direct or worse still a direct whack from a lightning strike, then my dear friend you have quite possibly a totally deceased appliance. For a start, such a strike could melt your plug and possibly socket. The fuse inside the plug wouldnt be a relevant factor here; because if the lightning made it from the sky to the ground, I am sure it can cross a 40mm gap within a plug. Then the lightning surge would simply travel up the power cord, knock out your gas pump, stepdown transformer and any lights or motors within the appliance. The cost of changing every part here is not worth it. You would be better off claiming on insurance or simply buying new.

there are a few ways you can investigate what has caused this, and possibly cure the fault, unless it is a lightning strike of course that is responsibe.

The first thing to do here is dismantle the mains electricity plug that is attached to the fridge. Check the small fuse inside this to see if it is functioning. You can do this in many ways. The best I find is to get a multimeter or the appropriate tester and perform a continuity test. See this link below

If the fuse is broken, then change it and repeat the test; YOU MUST replace the fuse with what the original one from the manufacturer was.

If the fuse is working, then your fault is elsewhere and you will need to perform the above tests on various components relevant to your fridge.

The worst case scenarioo is the lightning strike; and in order to identify this, you will need to do one or two simple things.

Firstly, head to your main consumer unit (fusebox) and check that all of the fuses are in the "closed" or "on" position. Open fuses indicate a power surge or a short circuuit somewhere on your supply, but relevant to your fridge. RCD circuit breakers all narrow down the searching to one localised area. You should also do this test for identification of original fault.. The same for when you as above check your main fuses.

If the fuses on the consumer unit are "open", then either replace them if you have to, or you simply either push them back in or move them to the "closed" position. Also check that the consumer unit is not damaged in any way, as you would expect from having too much electricity put through it. Fire damage, warping, blackening, discoluration, bent or broken components are all good indicators of this.

Another test you may have to do, is simply look around your house. Has anything else been effected. If it has, then it is likely that it was a lightning strike or something equally as damaging, if no, then it could simply have been a power surge that only really effected your fridge. Even so, is any of your other electronic and white goods items behaving oddly? TV menu keeps appearing or going into standby? Is the lights on your DVD player behaving erratic or does discs keep being ejected at atrange times? What about your computer or laptop; do these strangely start playing up? If so, then either the lightning strike is to blame or you have had a powersurge.

Once you have done theseinvestigations please let me know the outcome and if it is negative, Iwill gladly advise you further.

I look forward to hearing from you soon and hopethis is the fixya for you;

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"zapped" tv (dee7189)

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Lightning strike came in via cable not power.

Your tv is going to need internal repairs. I recommend using our premium service to help walk you through these repairs. Or contact a local repair service.

To avoid this in the future I recommend an inline surge protector or a "green" switch.

An inline surge protector makes sure that all power to your tv comes through at the same level and does not spike or fall. It has a battery backup as well.

A green switch is a way of rewiring your home or your entertainment center to allow you to disconnect all power to your entertainment center when you are away, when a storm is coming, or when you are simply not using the system. A remot control can restore the power.

The average home entertainment center has one of the highest drains on electricity in the average home for appliances that are not in use. that is what makes the green switch appealing.


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Open the back and take a look at the saw tooth filter cap. It's the largest cap you'll encounter in the PS. Just follow the electrical cord onto the board and look for a VERY large electrolytic cap in that area. Usually they bow at the top on a strike like that. Replacing the cap might restore the unit.
If not do you have an esr meter?

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