How to replace a TV power cord

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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


  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

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    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.

  4. 4

    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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