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How to Damage an LCD TV

Updated April 17, 2017

With the ever-lowering prices of LCD televisions, increasing numbers of consumers are taking the plunge and making the switch to high definition. Despite the declining prices, these electronic devices represent a substantial investment for most families. As such, you should educate yourself on the behaviours and habits that can eventually damage your expensive television. By avoiding these behaviours, you will increase the longevity of your TV and get more bang for your buck.

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  1. Use your television in a hot, poorly ventilated room to decrease its lifespan. Alternatively, cold temperatures will also damage your television. Even worse, rapid temperature flucuations will cause moisture to condense on your set, potentially shorting the internal components.

  2. Pour water, soda, coffee or any other liquid onto your set and watch the sparks fly. Moisture will end your television's life faster than nearly any other method.

  3. Neglect to dust your television for months, especially if nearby windows are left open. Dust can work its way into the internal components, settle on circuitry and cause a crippling short circuit.

  4. Drop your television from the table, or jar the set with powerful blows. Doing so can crack the screen, loosen internal components, crack solder or sever electrical connections.

  5. Stab the LCD screen with a pointy object to permanently disfigure the smooth display surface. While liquid crystal displays (LCD) don't actually contain liquid, stabbing the glass will make a mess of your display.

  6. Open the television and neglect to use static wristbands while handing the parts. A sudden jolt of static electricity can permanently short out the circuitry.

  7. Leave the television on for days or weeks at a time. The lack of a cooling period will stress the internal components and drastically shorted their lifespan.

  8. Clean the display with ethyl chloride or acetone. Doing so will damage the polariser and lead to discolouring, blank spots or full-screen failure.

  9. Tip

    Keep your television in well-ventilated room with a mild, steady temperature. Dust the device frequently, avoid jarring or stabbing the set and turn the TV off when you aren't in the room. Clean the display with IPA alcohol. These behaviours, as opposed to those listed above, will keep your television functional for a long time.

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About the Author

Aaron Kopf graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with honors in 2009, holding a Bachelor of Arts in communication. While enjoying his time at college, Kopf was published in The Echo and Vortex magazine.

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