Bad capacitors - Samsung LCD TVs

Ron CzapalaRon Czapala Posts: 2,411
Certain models of Samsung LCD TVs have problems caused by defective capacitors which expand and swell.
My three year old 40 inch Model LN-T4065 set would show pink/purple spots when it was first turned on. Turning it off, waiting awhile and turning it back on usualy fixed the problem - until the next time.
Other people have had it progress to the point where it takes minutes for the picture to appear or not appear at all!

I found a forum where 23 pages of threads discuss the problem and solution. I replaced four 1000 uf capacitors and the problem is resolved.
The origianal ones were 10v and the new ones are 35v - a little bigger in diameter but just fit.

Also, I used 85 degree centigrade rated caps since they were available at Radio Shack, but the original ones were rated 105 degrees. I intend to buy some 105's just in case.

The forum discussion is found at:


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  • LoopyBytelooseLoopyByteloose Posts: 12,537
    edited November 2010 Vote Up0Vote Down
    It is wonderful how much one can do if you are willing to ignore the warranty lables.

    Caps - especially large power supply caps - remain one of the weakest links in modern electronics as the electrolytic chemicals are not very stable and eventually fail. It is far better to replace them early, before failure is drastic. Caps are easy to replace, chips are nearly impossible to do so.

    Another big factor with monitors and TV displays is dust. I have a Lemel monitor that goes haywire when enough dust accumulates on the circuit board. So far I've cleaned it 3 times over several years and it continues to provide good service for a year or so before the dust creeps in and it requires another cleaning.

    The hardest part of these kinds of service is opening the case for the first time. Fortunately, a lot of people are willing to contribute DIY videos on Youtube.

    But whatever you do, you really have to think through what people are telling you as many don't fully know how to handle the technical details of today's electronics. Generally, I research and compare for a few weeks before thinking over the suggestions, then make my own plan of action.
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  • sam_sam_samsam_sam_sam Posts: 2,162
    edited November 2010 Vote Up0Vote Down
    About two week I Had the same thing happen to my LCD Monitor
    I had to replace two caps in it

    Here is the link to it where I had just repaired it It still working

    I have had today three Computer Power Supply fail because of bad Caps
    Now wanting to learn Spin Thanks for any idea that you may have and all of your time finding them
  • Steph LindsaySteph Lindsay Posts: 759
    edited November 2010 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Something similar happened to our 18 month old Samsung TV early this year. No interesting color effects, it just failed to respond to the remote or the "on" button one day.

    Online I found it was one of several known issues related to various capacitor failures. Upon contacting Samsung tech support, I learned that since my TV is "small" (only 26-inch) I'd have to mail it to them for repair.

    Eh. I hadn't saved the box.

    Instead, Andy opened it up, found the bulging cap, and replaced it with a 16 V, 3300 µF cap from his What's a Micrcontroller kit. :). It's been working fine ever since.

    -Steph Lindsay
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