WE WERE WATCHING A SHOW AND THE PICTURE GOT SHAKY AND SMALLER AND SMALLER, THEN WENT COMPLETELY OUT. NO ELECTRICITY. WE SMELL SMOKE. IT IS A 27 INCH RCA, 15 YEARS OLD. I THINK THE PICTURE TUBE WENT OUT, WHAT DO YOU THINK. SHOULD WE REPAIR OR REPLACE. THANK YOU
Picture tube failure is rare problem. Your problem is powersupply failure and short circuit in deflection area. This is quite common problem. My sugestion is before you got this problem picture clarity and color clarity is better perfomance in your satisfaction means repair is better. Otherwise replace it.
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As long as you can see and here the picture with no problems you should be fine. The tv's put it heat which make things expand and contract. Sometimes things creek and crack. I've had two tv's that do that. Don't hesitate to keep a fire extinguisher handy though along with some alarms.(houses should have these at all times anyways)
Regular TV, you mean by the aerial and internal tuner, if it is like that, then it is a problem with the TV tuner board. If by regular TV you mean an external TV box, then the TV box is faulty or you have a cable or ferquency problem.
eithor the flyback just craped out or the tube went
try turning up the flyback failing that call a service tech and ask for a quote
quote cose 30-50 bucks
atleast you will know forsurre if it's worth fixing