How to Clean Panasonic VCR Record Head

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How to Clean Panasonic VCR Record Head
Pop a videocassette cleaner into a Panasonic VCR to clean the recording heads. (video cassette image by TEA from

A Panasonic VCR records and plays back VHS video cassettes for enjoyment on a television. Over time, the tape heads that read the analogue signal on the videocassette can become dirty and build up an electromagnetic charge that can affect picture and sound quality. The result sometimes appears as jagged snow moving across the screen. The sound may also be muffled or inaudible. Cleaning the record and playback heads on a Panasonic requires a VCR cleaner product, which is a VHS dry cleaning cassette with special tape for removing dust and dirt, as well as neutralising any electromagnetic charge that can impact video quality and increase the risk of tapes snagging inside the equipment.

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Things you need

  • VHS dry cleaning cassette

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  1. 1

    Insert the cassette into the Panasonic VCR in the same way a videotape would be inserted in the component. Press "Play" on the Panasonic VCR front control panel.

  2. 2

    Play the cleaning tape for 20 to 30 seconds, depending on the instructions with the particular brand of cleaner.

  3. 3

    Eject the cleaning cassette and insert a pre-recorded tape to test playback. If a blurry picture and muffled sound persist, eject the tape and reinsert the cleaning cassette for a second pass over the VCR recording and playback heads. Depending on how dirty the heads have become, it may require two cleaning cycles with a dry-cleaner cassette to remove dust and dirt.

Tips and warnings

  • Regular recording as well as playback of older VHS tapes will require more frequent head cleaning on the Panasonic VCR.
  • Overusing a dry cassette cleaner can cause premature VCR failure, according to information from High Tech Productions.

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