Because no one sees anyone else actively caring for their television set, people automatically assume that there is no maintenance necessary. However, your LCD TV lifeline can be greatly extended with only a few precautions and slight changes to the way you care for and use your set. Instead of looking for yet another flat screen TV or the going rate on current TV deals because yours is on the fritz, why not maintain the set you have for as long as you can? Listed in the article below are some of the best tips for caring for your LCD TV.
1. Cut many problems off before they occur by reading the owner’s manual. This may seem obvious, but it is sometimes so obvious that people forget to do it and end up spending hours on a problem that should really take minutes. The manufacturers know their TVs better than anyone, so take advantage of that knowledge from the very start.
2. Maintain a comfortable environment for your TV set. Both high humidity and high termperatures can damage your LCD TV, or shorten its lifespan, with high humidity especially bad for the interior workings, leading to corrosion. Also, do not operate the television set in temperatures below 50 degree Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) because you can lose picture quality.
Do not fluctuate the temperature in the room containing your TV in drastic ways. Your TV can get the “flu,” believe it or not! And finally, keep excessive amounts of dust away from the set. It should be dusted regularly just like your other furniture.
3. Clean the LCD TV according to these directions:
— Turn off the TV before beginning.
— Use microfiber or 100 percent cloths only.
— Use distilled water and isopropyl alcohol or pure distilled water to clean the screen. Do not use tap water or other cleaners, as they contain chemicals which could be potentially harmful to your LCD TV.
— Do not clean in a straight line. Use circular motion of the hand.
— Do not turn the TV back on until the screen has completely dried off.
4. Do not attempt to disassemble the LCD TV under any circumstances. Doing so can void the warranty, activate protection mechanisms which will severly damage your LCD TV, and this is aside from the damage that an amateur can potentially cause the set.
5. Turn the TV off when not in use and do not leave the TV on pause for long periods of time. Doing so with a DVR or other device can cause image sticking, which will affect the brightness of your set. Record the program fully and watch it later instead of hitting pause.