Hey I have read what you have said about the tv not comming on. My Tv will also not turn on. We had a storm one day and the electric went out. When it came back on our tv did not, however I thought since it was plugged into the cable box and if the tv blew then it would have also blown the cable box. But I went today and got the fuse you have mentioned and it still will not come on. Is there any more suggestions you have? The Tv is a 2000 and I have never had a problem with it. But its a RCA F36685 if you know anything I could do I would really appriciate it.
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The storm you discribed may have caused an electrical surge that may have damaged a circuit component. Unfortunately, the days of taking off the back cover of your TV and
replacing a defective tube or fuse are long gone. Proper servicing will
require troubleshooting procedures that can only be performed by a
qualified electronic repair facility or professional television repair
person. Ask for an estimate and a realistic appraisal of whether the
set can be adequately fixed. Depending on the age and condition of your
TV it may not be cost effective to repair.
It has gone into protection mode. This is caused when a short circuit is detected by the power management system inside the tv.
Try a hard reset: Unplug the power cord for a full 4 hours; then try it again and see if it will clear the protection fault and reset it.
If the reset does not help you will need to have a tech look at the set and take voltage measurements inside to determoine which section of the tv has failed and what components will need replacement.
The cost of repair is always over $150 and could be much more, depending on the specific parts that need replacing. for example, if the convergence ICs have burned out the repair is around $350.
The flashing of the standby light may mean something, but I do not know the diagnostic code RCA is using; most RCA models do not have any diagnostic blink codes in the set.
Hope this helps. Let me know if I can help further.