Question about Clock Radios
I have this radio, 1 year old at x-mas 08, the power went out the other day now the tuner will not pick up any of the 3 local FM radio stations, or any station at all. I get nothing but static when I set tuner to channels. Auto search comes up empty as well.
I cannot find this product anywhere on your site either to get help that way.
OK, I found out what the problem is.
ON my GE 7-5402 Spacemaker under-cabinet radio, the FM was only static. I've opened it up and there is a component which is failing. When I used a heat gun on the circuit for about 5-10 seconds, it started working and it stopped again when it cooled off. After some time I isolated which component it was that needed the heat in order to work. Here's where to find it:
This transistor is the problem and I believe if it is replaced, the FM radio should work. I'm going to try it and see what happens. I think I found the right one online for less than $1.
Hope that helps you guys!
Posted on Dec 24, 2010
A fix that worked for me with the static on the radio. turn on radio to fav stationthen turn on your light under the unit wait about 15 min. the fm station slowlycame in. you have to leave the light on. seems that the light warms up something inside the unit and the reception gets better. soon as i turn the light out i getstatic again on am and fm. did not want to part with the radio cuz i really likethe weather station. worth a try. feb 19/12
Posted on Feb 20, 2012
That's great troubleshooting. I have taken it a step further however, and using a can of freeze spray which allows narrowing the problem further, I have found that it is the power amplifier IC under the large heat sink that is the problem (aluminum cooling fin). By carefully cooling off JUST THIS ONE component with the freeze spray I can get the radio to fail again as soon as the spray hits it. Because of the large ground pins on the side of this IC it is very difficult to remove. However, after removing it I found that it is a CD8227GP audio amplifier IC, and can be substituted with an NTE7157 which is available in New Jersy. You should be able to order it from a local electronics parts supplier.
Posted on Feb 24, 2011
The probleme come from bad antenna from the power cord just add a extention cord and the reception will be fantastic its what i did.
could not get anything from the radio then read about a sony radio on the same probleme and you just have to add a extention cord and it should fix the reception probleme
Posted on Dec 20, 2010
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