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Sony KV-20FV12 channel will not change

Lightning strike last night and channel is stuck. Will not change. the number changes on screen but picture doesn't change. Is it worth fixing?

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  • wabbitt1958 Jun 25, 2008

    Thanks "freetek". I lost several low voltage/transformed items. ie. doorbell, cordless and base for same. It didn't hit the house. It hit a tree about five feet from house and went into a storage shed through a light on the tree and blew a couple breakers. No major harm to house though. I figured the TV was toast when I turned it on though. Most of my other high dollar items are all on surge protection. Thanks again for the post.

  • wabbitt1958 Jun 27, 2008

    Thanks "hansonsux" for the replacement advice. I really don't think anything was effected except the transformed things mentioned. I was on the computer and the Sony was on right next to me and nothing even blinked. Not sure how it works exactly but I don't beleive anything else was effected. It looks like it went down the tree, into the little outhouse/storage building through the wire running from the light, blew that breaker and anything close to it and went out through an extention cord that I had plugged into my camper. Very lucky that the camper wasn't effected either. Not really sure how or why but everything except the TV in the bedroom looks AOK. Actually, the wire for the light wasn't even hot. I had disconnected that several years ago because the light made a loud humming noise because it grew into the tree. I think I will cut that wire away so there is no connection to the electric. Thanks Again for the advice.

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I want to point out the surge protectors are not generally meant to protect against lightning. Sometimes they can protect though as long as it's a very indirect strike. Perhaps since it went into the breaker box, most of the energy went to ground.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008

  • hansonsux Jun 25, 2008

    Any sort of surge will degrade any surge protector. They can take so many little "hits". Since this was a rather large hit no matter how much went to ground, this was still from lightning so this would have surely degraded the effectivness greatly.

  • hansonsux Jun 25, 2008

    So it is very advisable to replace your surge protectors.

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Pasted from another message I just posted-

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.
No, I don't think it is worth the cost of a repair, if you can even find someone to do it for you.
Most of us are retired-

Posted on Jun 24, 2008

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