1-2. Servicing Precautions
An electrolytic capacitor installed with the wrong polarity might explode.
Before servicing units covered by this service manual, read and follow the Safety Precautions section of
If unforeseen circumstances create conflict between the following servicing precautions and any of the
safety precautions, always follow the safety precautions.
1-2-1 General Servicing Precautions
Always unplug the unit's AC power cord from the AC power source and disconnect the DC Power Jack before
(a) remove or reinstall any component or assembly, (b) disconnect PCB plugs or connectors, (c) connect a test
component in parallel with an electrolytic capacitor.
Some components are raised above the printed circuit board for safety. An insulation tube or tape is sometimes
used. The internal wiring is sometimes clamped to prevent contact with thermally hot components. Reinstall all such
elements to their original position.
After servicing, always check that the screws, components and wiring have been correctly reinstalled. Make sure that
the area around the serviced part has not been damaged.
Check the insulation between the blades of the AC plug and accessible conductive parts (examples: metal panels,
input terminals and earphone jacks).
Insulation Checking Procedure: Disconnect the power cord from the AC source and turn the power switch ON.
Connect an insulation resistance meter (500 V) to the blades of the AC plug.
The insulation resistance between each blade of the AC plug and accessible conductive parts (see above) should be
greater than 1 mega ohm.
Always connect a test instrument's ground lead to the instrument chassis ground before connecting the positive lead;
always remove the instrument's ground lead last.
1-3. Electrostatically Sensitive Devices (ESD) Precautions
Some semiconductor (solid state) devices can be easily damaged by static electricity. Such components are commonly
called Electrostatically Sensitive Devices (ESD). Examples of typical ESD are integrated circuits and some field-effect
transistors. The following techniques will reduce the incidence of component damage caused by static electricity.
Immediately before handling any semiconductor components or assemblies, drain the electrostatic charge from your
body by touching a known earth ground. Alternatively, wear a discharging wrist-strap device. To avoid a shock hazard,
be sure to remove the wrist strap before applying power to the LCD TV.
After removing an ESD-equipped assembly, place it on a conductive surface such as aluminum foil to prevent
accumulation of an electrostatic charge.
Do not use freon-propelled chemicals. These can generate electrical charges sufficient to damage ESDs.
Use only a grounded-tip soldering iron to solder or desolder ESDs.
Use only an anti-static solder removal device. Some solder removal devices not classified as "anti-static" can generate
electrical charges sufficient to damage ESDs.
Do not remove a replacement ESD from its protective package until you are ready to install it. Most replacement ESDs
are packaged with leads that are electrically shorted together by conductive foam, aluminum foil or other conductive
Immediately before removing the protective material from the leads of a replacement ESD, touch the protective
material to the chassis or circuit assembly into which the device will be installed.
Caution: Be sure no power is applied to the chassis or circuit and observe all other safety precautions.
Minimize body motions when handling unpackaged replacement ESDs. Motions such as brushing clothes together,
or lifting your foot from a carpeted floor can generate enough static electricity to damage an ESD.