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Ordinary cleaning products, such as glass cleaner, may do permanent damage to newer TVs. It's important to communicate this to anyone who cleans in your house.
Of course, that means you'll probably get stuck cleaning the TV screen. Luckily, today's TVs are not nearly the dust magnets that older CRT models were.
In general, follow the cleaning instructions in the TV repair manuals for your sets. When in doubt, use only a damp, soft cloth to clean your screen. Don't press hard on the screen during cleaning, which can also damage the picture.
Adjusting these settings will help you get the best possible picture out of your flat panel TV:
Most of today's TV makers support their products with excellent warranties and good customer service. So why buy the extra one being offered at the electronics store?
For high-end or mission-critical TV sets (perhaps those used in a business, for example), extended warranties offer peace of mind. Of course, electronics sellers want you to buy them every time. When is it worth it?
LCD rear-projection TVs are lit with a bulb. Replacing this bulb is one of the few projection TV repair projects that a reasonably handy owner can undertake.
When the screen gets dim, it's time for a new bulb. Unfortunately, these cost between $150 and $200.
Your TV repair manuals should contain instructions on how to replace the bulb, but most manufacturers have made this process fairly easy -- just a matter of turning a screwdriver, taking out the old lamp and setting the new one in place. The hardest part may be getting to the back of the TV to do it!
Before you call for TV repair help, let's start with the easy stuff. Is the power cord plugged in?
If your TV picture doesn't look right, the first thing to do is to check all the connections and cables that are bringing signals to the screen. Replace any loose or frayed cables, and make sure cables are stowed out of the way of pets and children.
It's also possible, especially if you didn't buy a name-brand TV, that your television manufacturer provided shoddy cables. Try installing a quality brand of cable and see if your signal improves. Cables are one of the few big-screen TV parts you can replace yourself.
In the vast majority of cases, there's little you can do on your own to fix a newer TV when something goes wrong. It's simply a matter of calling an authorized television repair technician or taking the TV to the service counter of the store where you bought it.
Resist the temptation to try to remove the cover, and don't take the TV into "service mode" unless you're absolutely sure you know what you're doing.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|