I have (had) a 5-year old Panasonic 27" TV. While we were on vacation, lightning struck our apartment building. Now the TV will not power on. The unit was plugged into a surge protector, and the outlet it is plugged into is working properly.
Is it worth it to call in a repairman, or is my set fried?
And if it is fried, where can I recycle it in Chicago?
depending on the intensity of the lightning strike.Your tv may have blown components in the power supply section of the motherboard.
unfortunately its very very difficult to acertain level of damage unless its looked at by a trained tech/engineer
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yes it can be repaired,mostly tv strucked by lightning are dead set because of the very high voltage that goes to the circuit coming from the lightning.there are voltage protector on the circuit.they are placed on the high voltage section of the circuit example are,pico resistors,glass fuseand varistors..yuo need to check them out..
That is an odd regulator chip that you seek, so odd, that there is not a listing anywhere. Even with the people that make the chips in this series. Can you please check that it is not an STRF6656 or an STRF6668. These at least have datasheets from suppliers, meaning at some point they were obtainable. It may be if the set has been hit by lightning, that the chip is actually burnt, and the numbers a little hard to see. It is possible that it is a low volume part made specially for sansui, but I doubt it.
What is the model of the TV as well. Cheers
My thoughts is that after all these years one of the solder joints has cracked and there is enough current that builds up that it will jump accross the crack and work for a short time and then the componenet heats back up and 'well' off it goes. 15 years old. - you got some great use out of this TV. Maybe time to look to get a new one - These types of TV's were only designed to work for 10 year and then throw them away. Be aware that the new ones are only made to last 3 to 4 years. I know - I don't like it either. They cost a lot more than that Panasonic did when it was new. Blessings, A/V Media Guy
Best to take it to a repair centre as lightning damage can cause either minor fault such as an internal fuse blown or major problems that would make it uneconomical to repair. Ask for an estimate for the cost to repair.
Considering the price, I am pleased as punch with this purchase. Expecting to receive only basic features, the Orion shouldn't disappoint. Audio buffs should look elsewhere, but at a purchase price of approximately $150 for a 27" TV, one isn't looking to the STV2763A as a high tech set. I'm sure I'm forgetting certain specs here, but this my low tech review of a low tech set. I'm happy with the Orion, a nice balance of value and price."
Amount Paid (US$): 177.00
Since it is 4-5 years old look to get less than half from the insurance co.
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It may be too late for this advice, but if you live in a lightning prone area, you should consider having a 'whole house surge protector' installed.
The cost should be well under $300 (a lot less if you install it) and with the included insurance (most often for $25,000) it is a good investment.
If your house was struck, I'm surprised you don't have a list of things that no longer work.
It could just be an expired TV.
If it was struck by lightning, the surge would completely fry the insides of your TV. Your TV probably won't work anymore and you may have to consider replacing it. Some TVs have accident warranties so something like this could be protected, but if not, you will have to purchase a new one.
Sets that have been hit by lightning can be very tricky to repair sometimes. it could be as simple as a shorted bridge rectifier, a current limiting resistor, or maybe an open PC trace on the board. I have seen some sets hit by lightning that took out almost every IC, tuner, several resistors, and burned several PC traces up. This repair will be up to you, if you want to spend the estimate fee, as it is highly possible that this set will not be worth the repair. Good Luck