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RCA F36649 will be fine for about 5-10 minutes after turning on, then the picture will slowly start to become distorted until it is just a bunch of lines. Please help!

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Bad capacitors it seems. Very easy fix.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012

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This is a problem (one of several) caused by poor solder connections on the circuit board. RCA uses the metal shield can surrounding the tuner circuitry (the area where the cable connector is located) to provide several ground connections. Many of these connections go bad (cracks form) and the missing ground connections cause the "picture shrinking" you see. Other problems are loss of tuning, set that intermittently turns off or on by itself, set that won't turn on at all, and even more.

The repair involves removing the circuit board and flipping it over so you can remove a metal cover on the bottom, repairing the several (many) affected connections, and then reassembling. This is a relatively easy repair for someone with soldering experience and the right tools (both a high-heat soldering gun and a low-heat iron are needed). But because of the fragile circuit traces in the repair area it is possible to do more harm than good if you don't know what you're doing.

RCA produced a service bulletin several years back detailing the areas to be repaired (although they still refused to admit they just hadn't soldered the places adequately to begin with). I'm not home now so I can't check my files but I'll see if I can find a link and add a comment later. When I was in the service business we charged around $60 for the repair. You might want to get an estimate from a shop (they should already be familiar with this trouble). Or if you're looking for a reason to buy a new set, try the repair yourself. If you're successful you've saved yourself the money. If not, it wasn't working anyway!

Posted on Feb 02, 2009

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after 4 or 5 yrs EHT ( transformer that supplies voltage to CRT TUBE - TV TUBE ) becomes weak - then 1 of the indication is ...display becomes blur .......so solution is EHT ( also called as flyback transformer ) should be replaced....... {{ few details about EHT---- its size will be around 3inch X 2inch X 2inch ---it will have 2 or 3 knobs to adjust focus , brightness ------ at bottom around 10 pins will be there ------- from EHT 1 thick red colour cable goes to CRT TUBE --------- on EHT its part number will be there }} -------- so if user is a technical person having idea about components ( resistors, transistors, diodes, etc ) , having tools like multimeter ( to check components) , soldering iron, soldering lead, flux, desoldering wig ( for removing components), etc also little experience in servicing field( compulsory) ----------------- then user can remove EHT from main board ---- take to electronic shop ----- buy same type EHT --------- fix to mainboard ( knobs on EHT should be adjusted according to picture --- after switching TV --- this adjustment is very important ) ----------iam from bangalore (09986222774, [email protected]) ----- here EHT's price will be around Rs 250 ( US $ 6 ) & for my customers (in bangalore) i will take another Rs 500 (US $ 11) as service charge......i don't have any idea about EHT ' s price & service charge in your place.........since it is very risky job i suggest to contact TV service engineer ------- because they are highly experienced & can fix this component very easily. ------------ [[ sometimes along with EHT another component called transistor ( big in size - situated close to EHT - it will have 3pins - its size will be 1inch X 1/2 inch X 1/2 cm --approximately ---- black in colour ----- fixed to aluminium metal ) --- will also gets deffective --- so this component also should be checked ]] ---- in your case this transistor is good ... because when this component gets deffective then TV won't get '' ON '' .............so in your case only EHT ( same type ) should be replaced.........100% it works normally

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