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Hi there - sorry I didn't realise you were waiting for a reply !! Hope you can help - thanks again.
Sure, are you looking to repair this yourself
I wouldn't be that handy - just want to know is it a big job or is there something I could do myself at home with little experience required ? I don't really want to send off for repair as it would probably be better to replace the set. Just want to know the nature and seriousness of the problem or what could be causing it - I gather the 3 blinks may suggest the set is in protective mode indicating that a bigger problem lurks under the bonnet.....
Red light blinking three times means that the issue is with the power supply going bad due to over voltage ... there are few parts that should be checked and replaced..if the power supply board has to be replaced then it will cost you around £200..the set requires testing to determine what part exactly is bad
The set has to be opened up and some live tests have to be performed so as to check what exactly is causing this problem
Faulty capacitors on the power supply board are the most common cause
As I had feared ! Could you offer any likely scenarios as to why the over voltage - could it have been prevented if it was plugged into a surge protection board first ? (During power cuts, etc - I say this as there is regularly surges in our area where the electricity cuts out sometimes weekly leading to the main fuse cutting out - neighbours houses are the same...)
Yes it might have been prevented if the surge protector would have been used...while it is hard to tell that the problem is definitely the power board without performing any relevant tests..but yes frequent power cuts might have caused this
Well it looks like there's the reason behind the problem - are the problems with faulty capacitors common enough with certain brands or types of tv's ? And also could I ask you from your experience what brands/type of tv would be most reliable to avoid such faults and if using a surge protector would definitely help avoid this problem on a future set ? Thanks again.
Well, I personally won't recommend anyone to buy a Plasma TV of any brand whatsoever
Philips is usually better and so is Samsung, Sony ... if you can avoid Panasonic ... just my recommendation though
Will probably go for an LCD - are any makes more reliable than others (in main brands - I would stay away from Techwood, etc, etc - I would choose Sony, Philips, LG, etc)
Oh grand - didn't see the second line of your reply!
Listen thanks very much for your assistance - you have been really helpful. Can I finally ask your thoughts on LG and Smart TV's?!
LG is a better option and so is Sony
you can go for any of these two
Great - thanks again. A replacement set will be sought when the sales are on !!
Have a good evening and thanks again.
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Will do Kevin - much appreciated.