If you have a Samsung LCD TV and are experiencing a growing number of startup issues with it or weird sounds, this post is for you.
Many users on AVSForums have reported experiencing delayed starts, “clicking” sounds, and eventually having the Samsung TVs stop being able to power on. This apparently is being caused by faulty capacitors on the power supply board. These issues stretch across numerous models of LCD panels and seems to be caused by the use of bad capacitors during manufacturing.
The most evident symptom is a “clicking” noise after powering on the TV, which is the sound of the power supply relay cycling on and off. At first the TV clicks 1-3 times before the unit finally comes on, but over time the evident “clicking” takes longer, and then one day the unit fails to power on at all.
Most of the sets started experiencing these issues after the manufactures warranty had expired, leaving some to either pay for the repair, or trash the set. However, some crafty users over at AVSForums figured out the specs for the faulty capacitors, and have had success at soldering them off, and new ones on. But since the numbers of angry TV owners have been growing, Samsung has kindly stepped up and started offering a “one time in home repair” to the owners that qualify.
About 4 weeks ago my Samsung LNT-5271F started the dreadful clicking of impending death. I was already aware of the issue because of the members in the “owners thread“ for my TV on AVS, I quickly gave Samsung a call. I was lucky enough to qualify as having a set manufactured during the problematic time period, and a tech was scheduled to come. The repair was super quick, it only took 10 minutes to swap the board out and get the unit powered on. As you can see in the pictures below, the capacitors are bulging and leaking.
I want to thank Samsung for stepping up and repairing these units.
You can call Samsung at: 1-800-Samsung (1-800-726-7864)
And a big thanks to the community at AVS because I wouldn’t even know about the warrantied issue! And if you own any TV/receiver/home theater device, do yourself a favor and subscribe to the thread for your respective model.
It looks like the class-action lawsuit against Samsung for these failing TVs was settled and you may be able to get a reimbursement from them. More info here.
EDIT: If you have success could you please leave the model number of your TV to share with others