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Polaroid TLU-03711C Replace Capacitors Guide

Polaroid TLU-03711C Replace Capacitors Guide

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A guide on how to fix the Polaroid TLU-03711C (and other models including FLM-3732 and FLM-373B) LCD television which makes a loud buzzing/beeping high pitch sound when it is turned on.

The fault is caused by some faulty capacitors which are easy to replace and only cost about £1 ($2!) to repair. I'm not really tech savvy and this guide is simple and easy to follow and should save you lots of money!
A guide on how to fix the Polaroid TLU-03711C (and other models including FLM-3732 and FLM-373B) LCD television which makes a loud buzzing/beeping high pitch sound when it is turned on.

The fault is caused by some faulty capacitors which are easy to replace and only cost about £1 ($2!) to repair. I'm not really tech savvy and this guide is simple and easy to follow and should save you lots of money!

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Published by: toxicquack on Mar 22, 2009
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Polaroid TLU-03711C / FLM-3732 / FLM-373B- High Pitched Buzzing Sound When TV is Turned On –
I was having an ongoing problem with my Polaroid TLU-03711C television (which is very similar to, if not the same as the Polaroid FLM-3732 and Polaroid FLM-373B). Every time I would power the TVon it would start making this annoying high pitched buzzing/beeping sound which would continue for anumber of minutes before eventually fading away. At first this was a manageable problem but thebuzzing/beeping got gradually worse and was starting to become an issue.I called Polaroid but they were far from helpful and didn’t offer any information or guidance. I thought Iwas well and truly up the creek without a paddle. However, after a few Google searches I found thatthis is a common problem which effects quite a few Polaroid televisions, not particular to one modelnumber, but right across the board.The issue is caused by a blown capacitor (kind of like a fuse going, in very layman’s terms). Thereare two capacitors which are linked to the TV’s sound/speakers; one or both may have blown whichwould cause the irritating buzzing/beeping sound.The solution to fix the issue involved opening up the back of the TV and replacing the two capacitors – something I’m not amazingly competent at. I am by no means an expert at this but I was able tosuccessfully complete the task with relative ease. My method may not be the most tech savvy but itshould solve the issue at hand.I found a really useful guide online which addressed how to replace the capacitors(
http://tinyurl.com/c3dvc3)
, it had pictures and explained stuff really clearly so I thought I would giveit a go as I didn’t have much to lose! My guide is very similar but addresses a different problem. I ampleased to say that my TV is now working perfectly – So here we go…
- This guide is attempted at your own risk -What’s Needed
Philips-head screwdriver PliersTwo replacement capacitors – 1000uf 16v (Available from Maplins [UK], Radioshack [US])
Approx Time Taken
 About 1 hour 
 
Step One
 Unplug the TV and all other socket and place it on a blanket or carpeted floor with the screen facingdown. The backside of the TV should be facing you like below.
Step Two
 Using the Philips-head screwdriver remove the three screws which hold the plastic vented back-panelin place. Keep these screws safe as obviously you’ll need to put them back in once completed. Screwlocations pictured below.
Step Three
With the screws now removed, remove the back-panel, this takes a little bit of force to pry open andreveal the control box cover. After doing this your TV should look like the picture below on the right.
 
Step Four 
Once again using the Philips-head screwdriver remove the three screws which are circled below(left). Then carefully remove the control box cover (pictured right).
Step Five
 Locate the capacitors which have blown, the capacitors relating to the sound/speakers are circled below. If either (or both) of the capacitors are indeed blown the top of them should be bulging/ballooned compared toother still-functional capacitors (see bottom row, right side picture for example of a blown capacitor).You will notice in the above pictures that there is a swelling on the top of the capacitors, this meansthey have blown and this is the cause of the speaker buzzing/beeping sound. A fully functioningcapacitor should be flat at the top.

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Wow, my moms Polaroid has not worked in over 2 years.. She had a repair man give her an estimate of $174.00 to fix it which of course she didn't have the money. I came to visit her and decided to try and fix it my self..Your guide and instructions was completely helpful and the buzzing noise is gone...she is soooo excited to be able to watch her LARGE TV again...The cost $2.00...Thank you so much
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Your instructions worked perfectly! Thank you
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thank you for your guide! very detailed and helpfull 10/10 mate
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