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James Stepp Posted on Feb 23, 2007
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It died... I was watching my TV a couple of nights ago and suddenly it popped quietly and went off. I unplugged it and pulled the back off,found the fuse and replaced it with the only other one I had,which is a 4 amp,and cleaned the dust out of the works gently with a vacuum,replaced the back and plugged it in,but when I did it sparked at the plug and blew the fuse again. Any idea why it'd do this? This set has been trouble free since I got it new,until this happened. Where I had it,nothing could disturb the cord or plug,and nothing different was going on that might have caused a problem.(No lightning or power fluctuation) When I plugged it in the second time,it was at a different outlet than before,so I'm ruling that out.I use a remote to turn it on and off,but wasn't touching the remote when it died,and had been watching the set for about an hour. The TV showed no signs of trouble before it quit working. Thanks for your attention! James

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If the fuse you replaced is a different rating to the one that was originally in your set then go out and get the correct fuse (get a couple)and try that. If you still have no joy then the most likely problem will be a failed transformer in the power supply - sometimes you may be able to see burnt areas on the surface of the transformer windings although these do not always indicate a problem. a short in the transformer can be fixed in many cases, but the most economical way to repair this type of problem is to replace the transformer with the correct type (usually readily available from electronics/TV repair shops. The fact that you say it sparked at the plug is a little unusual, and could indicate a problem solely in the plug and power cord itself, easily replaced if you want to verify this. If you are competent to use a multimeter then a quick continuity test on the power cord would soon tell you if the short is in the supply cable/plug itself.

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