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Dead Panasonic TC-21FX21C3 CRT CTV Repaired

By on June 6, 2016
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This CRT TV was brought to me with a complaint that the TV was getting on only after several minutes, then it started making crackling noises, and now it has become dead.

Dead Panasonic TC-21FX21C3 CRT CTV Repaired

After opening the cover and doing a thorough cleaning inside, discharging the anode, removing the board, and wiping clean the CRT, inside of front and rear cabinets, I brought the TV to my workshop (one of my bedrooms converted as workshop!) I usually keep TVs on the car porch in front of my house and do all cleaning there, so that all the dirt and dust do not get collected inside my house!

On inspection of the board, I noticed that there were several dry solders in the SMPS area, secondary supply area, LOT area, CRT Board and especially on the Microcontroller IC. So, did a cleaning of the board and retouched all these points, which took almost about two hours of sitting. See how the board looks after retouching and cleaning. The second picture is that of the Microcontroller IC. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of the dry solders on this IC, which were very prominent!

Dead Panasonic TC-21FX21C3 CRT CTV Repair

Noticed that the anode wire was not in good shape and the anode cap had got hardened and developed cracks. When I tried to move the anode wire out of its cap, the cap cracked like brittle plastic:

bad anode cap

Then I cleaned the anode wire and the cap fitting area on the CRT. While doing this, I noticed that the connector at the end is shaking. So, I opened it. See the dry solder in the picture below! The other pictures will show the cap fitting area before and after. The area had undergone a general cleaning before because of which it is in this condition. Otherwise it was very badly darkened. Also look at the anode wire after cleaning.

anode cap tv

crt tv anode cap

Then, applied a thin layer of spark guard around the anode cap area on the CRT, and wiped it clean. Cut the anode wire at the end, inserted a heat-shrink-sleeve on the anode wire, and used heat blower of my SMD rework station to fix it firmly, and fit a new cap. The sleeve was used to prevent any leakage from the wire. Leakage to air from this wire due to aging and wearing out is a common cause for loss of high voltage power and arcing.

spark guard cream

repair anode cap

Then checked the SMPS transformer and LOT (Line Output Transformer or Flyback Transformer – FBT) using the Ring Tester assembled by me long back for this purpose:

homemade ring  flyback tester

Found both in perfectly OK condition. Used ESR Meter and checked capacitors in SMPS as well as secondary power supply, CRT Board, and around FBT area, and other capacitors at random. Did not find anything wrong and not even a single component needed a replacement, in spite of 9 years of life of this TV! I also noticed that this is the first time; the back cover was being opened!

So, removed the jumper wire that goes to the primary winding of the FBT, connected a 100W bulb and checked.  The Bulb lit and the voltage read was 140 V, which is correct for this CRT TV. So, I knew that there is nothing wrong with the power supply. Replaced the jumper wire and connected the board back to the CRT, rechecked all connections, especially the earth wire to the CRT board (If we do not provide a good ground to the backside of the CRT, when high voltage is generated in the anode, it is likely to damage the CRT and other components in the FBT area!) Connected the TV to mains and switched on. It came on without any problem and the raster was also good.  So, connected a video input and checked.  The Picture was good.  Ran the TV for several hours.  Put back the cover, as the TV was stable. See the quality of pictures in spite of the age of the CRT TV:

crt  tv repair

The pictures are taken from a running VIDEO, and might, therefore look hazy.  So, another job done satisfactorily.



This article was prepared for you by Parasuraman Subramanian from India. He is 66 years old and has more than 30 years’ experience in handling antiques equipment Valve Radio, Amps, Reel Tape Recorders and currently studying latest techs classes conduct by Kerala State Electronics Technicians’ Association. He was a BBA graduate, retired as MD of a USA company.

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  1. Yogesh Panchal

    June 6, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    tackled very horrible and risky condition sir, good job .

  2. Humberto

    June 6, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Hi Parasuraman, your skills have saved an old device from the dump. Congratulations and keep up.

  3. Robert Calk

    June 6, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Good job, Parasuraman.

  4. sudhir

    June 7, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Well done Sir
    admire you effort to save the old chap from being thrown in the scrap. There are very few people who are dedicated to touch old and bring back the life in it.

    thank you for sharing this articular,

  5. suranga bandara, Suranga Electronics

    June 7, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Mr-Parasuraman,

    This job well done.

    and Common Fault.

  6. beh

    June 7, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    it is very clever you turned one of the room of your apartment to a lab for fixing the electronics the most challenging part of our job is to pay a lot of money as rent each month to the shop owners and thanks for repair report

  7. albert van bemmelen

    June 8, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Good Job Mr.Parasuraman. And I agree with the Post of Mr.Sudhir. Not many people will take the time to fix it as well as you do ! I am almost sure the Panasonic TV will work another decade.

  8. Mohammed Kasim

    June 10, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Very good job. I have a dubt, why you had cleaned the area after applying Spark Guard. Can you explain the use of spark guard. It will be very helpful to me.

    • Parasuraman S

      June 14, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      It is recommended not to leave excess coating of this spark guard, the contents of which are not written on the container, as it can collect a lot more dust, which will get stuck around the neck area, and create arcing again.

  9. Paris Azis

    June 13, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Nice job Parasuraman!


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