After investing hundreds of dollars in a big screen TV so you can watch the latest movies and sports in high definition, failing to maintain it properly would be foolish. Even if you purchase an extended warranty, it may not cover the full price if something were to go wrong or break.
If you want to prolong the life of one of the most expensive electronics in your home, consider following these six tips.
The standard lifecycle of a big screen TV is roughly 65,000 hours. If you’re like so many others, you may keep the TV on in the background as you do other things around the home. This can significantly decrease the life of your TV. It may need to be repaired after just two years. Make it a habit to keep the TV off unless you’re actually watching it.
It’s recommended that you clean your TV — both the front and back — approximately once a month. Avoid using water as it can ruin your screen. Purchase cleaning products specifically made for TVs. Anti-static electricity cleansers are a good option. Make sure you remove all dust as well. Dust can settle inside your TV and make it slow to respond.
Most flat screen TVs require a decent amount of space to properly ventilate. Since they generate a lot of heat due to the amount of electricity used, place your TV in an open space so that it cools on its own after it’s turned off.
The use of a surge protector is a good rule of thumb for any of your electronic devices. Severe voltage spikes can completely ruin your TV. Voltage regulators are another good option. They take incoming AC voltage and stabilize it so that any connected devices don’t get fried during a lightning storm or power outage.
Keeping the brightness at the maximum level can significantly reduce the life of your TV. Too much brightness can also strain your eyes. Using high contrast levels will also decrease the lifecycle of your TV. The picture quality will diminish since more processing power is needed to maintain the high contrast level.
Watching your TV in rooms where the temperature is unusually cold could permanently damage your TV. Lower temperatures create condensation which can seep into other parts inside your TV. If you watch TV in a closed-in den, make sure the room temperature is regulated at a normal temperature before turning it on.