Without the power cord, your television will not function. So when the power cord gets lost or is damaged, it is no doubt important to find a replacement cord quickly. You have many options, ranging from calling the manufacturer to searching for a replacement cord on your own. This guide will explain how to replace a TV power cord.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Call the television manufacturer. You can find the customer service number either in the owner's manual or by visiting the manufacturer's website. The majority of television manufacturers will sell you a replacement power cord for the price of the cord plus shipping. If your television is still under warranty, it may replace the cord for free.
Check your local electronics store. Retailers such as Radio Shack and Best Buy often keep replacement power cords in stock. In order for the store staff to locate a power cord that will plug into your television, you will need to know either the make and model of the TV or have the broken TV cord with you.
Look online. An electronics parts and supplies retailer such as All Electronics will have a wide range of replacement power cords in stock. These generic power cords will often be cheaper than the replacement cords from your television manufacturer. If you can wait a few days for it to arrive, you will save money over going to your local electronics store.
Take your television to an electronics repair shop. Look in the phone book under "Television Repair." If your television is one that does not have a detachable repair cord, take it to a qualified television repairman. Televisions can harness thousands of volts of electricity, and you should never attempt to open your TV to replace a damaged power cord on your own.
Tips and warnings
- Getting a replacement power cord from the manufacturer is usually the most expensive option.
- For minor cuts or nicks in the cord that do not completely pierce the plastic sheath, simply wrapping a few layers of electrical tape around the affected area is an alternative to replacing the entire cord.
- Due to the high risk of death from electric shock, never open a television unless you are trained in TV repair.
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