How to Replace a Plasma TV Screen

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How to Replace a Plasma TV Screen
Plasma screens are less durable than TFT screens (Plasma panel image by Nikolay Okhitin from Fotolia.com)

Replacement of a plasma TV screen is not easy attempt. It is not the best solution, since a new TV set may often prove cheaper than a new plasma screen. If you determine that homemade replacement is the best solution, be persistent when searching for the new screen. Cheaper parts may sometimes be found in local outlets. Also be very careful when handling plasma screens. They are very sensitive, and you do not wish to leave your fingerprints.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Gloves
  • Piece of paper/ cloth
  • Screwdriver
  • Plasma screen
  • Eyeglass cleaner
  • Handkerchief

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Check your TV's model number. If you have the user manual, check screen dimensions.

  2. 2

    Call the distributor, an outlet or the official service company to order a new screen.

  3. 3

    Turn off and unplug the TV. Keep in mind that even an unplugged TV may produce charge.

  4. 4

    Put on your gloves.

  5. 5

    Put a clean piece of paper or a cloth on a big clean table. Set the TV on the table, face down.

  6. 6

    Remove the housing screws using a screwdriver. They are usually located on the back panel, but some models may have screws on the front end. Refer to the user manual, if applicable.

  7. 7

    Unscrew the screws holding the plasma screen attached to the interior.

  8. 8

    Remove the damaged screen. Inspect it to determine which side goes inward. Set the damaged screen aside facing outward.

  9. 9

    Attach the new screen with the screwdriver. Take care to place it correctly, with proper side facing outward. Compare the new screen with the old one to make sure.

  10. 10

    Assemble the exterior with the screwdriver. Repeat steps 7 and 6.

  11. 11

    Plug the TV and switch it on.

Tips and warnings

  • Use magnetic screwdriver if possible. That will minimise the risk of touching the interior in case a screw falls off. Some models require two different screwdrivers. Exterior screws may be bigger than those holding the screen fastened to the interior.
  • Do not touch the interior. If you do, wipe it with a handkerchief and eyeglass cleaner, carefully. Do not use any other liquids for that purpose.
  • Do not attempt to replace the screen with any screen with a different model number, even if dimensions are the same. Screw holes may be placed on different spots. Always wear protective gloves.

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