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Servicing GE Atlinks Cordless Phone Base Unit

By on April 2, 2019
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This base unit with the cordless phone was brought by my brother from Chennai, with the complaint that it was not getting charged.

ge cordless phone repair

After opening and cleaning the inside, I noticed that one capacitor was bulgy.

There were rust formations in switches too. The gum on the PCB was dried up and looked very dirty and menacing!

bulged e-cap

bad cap

decayed glue in e-cap


decay glue in capacitor

Cleaned it thoroughly and replaced all the electrolytic capacitors. Set worked fine when connected to the DC power supply and further checked it up connecting it to telephone land line, after charging the phone for some time.

It worked very well. Checked both dialing and incoming calls. It was perfect.

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So, assembled it back, fixed the broken antenna back to its place and gave it to him. It is common to get such easy fixes a few times, just to keep us amused!

Nevertheless satisfaction list grew further!

This article was prepared for you by Parasuraman Subramanian from India. He is 69 years old and has more than 30 years’ experience in handling antique equipment like Valve Radio, Amps, Reel Tape Recorders and currently studying latest tech-classes conducted by Kerala State Electronics Technicians’ Association. He has done graduation in BBA degree, private diploma in Radio Engineering and retired as MD of a USA company. Presently working as Consultant to Hospital and other institutions.

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  1. Albert van Bemmelen

    April 2, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Good job of course, but I guess you didn't just use just plain alcohol to clean the board thoroughly with? As it is an important part of this repair it is always nice to know with what you were able to restore the condition of the board with the leaked contents of the e-caps and its menacing gooey

    • Parasuraman Subramanian

      April 4, 2019 at 5:29 am

      I use Lab Spirit to clean the PCB thoroughly. This is available as PCB Cleaner in the shops. If the sticky substance is so stubborn, I scrape it off with a sharp knife, taking care not to cut or damage the PCB or components.

  2. Gary Gemmell

    April 2, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Your bag must be massive now Parasuraman.

  3. Robert Calk Jr.

    April 3, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Good job, Parasuraman.

  4. Ian Corry

    April 3, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Well done Parasuraman, leaking capacitors can certainly make a mess on pcbs.

  5. Humberto

    April 3, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Hi Parasuraman. I really enjoy reading your articles. You always have the solution. Congrats.

  6. Yogesh Panchal

    April 6, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Good Job! Sir

  7. James

    April 18, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Like putty in a sculptures hands 🙂


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