Electrical Wiring in the Home/Electrical overload

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QUESTION: My daughter plugged a sanyo television into an outlet that she later found out was for an air condition only.  We are assuming it had more voltage.  I've been carring around this brand new tv for years, not knowing if it's fixable.  Most appliance places want to charge an arm and a leg just to look at it.  I'd like to try to fix it myself.  I haven't been able to find help on google.  Any advice?

ANSWER: How do you know the the air conditioner was not 110?  The TV voltage,  a TV plug would NOT fit in a 220 volt plug for an air conditioner anyway,        

So it might be fine just as it is,     Is It broken?   Have you tried it?

IF for some reason she somehow got a 110 TV plug into a 220 AC outlet   which would be really difficult      but IF SHE DID     AND I DOUBT SHE DID,   But IF SHE DID the TV is fried if it was turned on,   you may be thinking amps not volts,  the AC OUTLET could have the same voltage but provide more ampo       AMPS are a result,   so even if available it should not have harmed the TV.

Try it and let me know what happens   write to my personal email   and I will help you further

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QUESTION: Thanks for you help.  I didn't see your personal email, so sorry for the follow up here.  It was not a strange looking outlet but the landlord told us afterwards (once her tv was plugged in and blew) that it was an outlet for an a/c.  I don't know what the voltage was.  It was a brand new tv.

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220 volts are slanted prongs   110 are straight prongs,   even if it was for an AC the TV would not plug in,  so not sure what all is going on,  maybe the tv just crapped out?

Here is the deal on fixing tvs, if it smoked literally     you got a job,   and probably not worth it,       but if you want to try and learn    then OK   go for it,   maybe it was just a power supply,      but newer sets are plug in circuit boards,    but you gotta narrow down to which ones,  or it could be wiring,     I just con't get it,    did it work in that outlet for a long time?       If it were a 220 outlet for AC, the TV would have fried in 30 seconds,    

So look inside and see what you think  how big is the TV ???   It has to be big before your time becomes too valuable          but write me at my personal  I do fix appliances and tvs also,  
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Electrical issues of all types, wiring, control, appliances, components, specialty in Electric MOTOR or APPARATUS trouble shooting, electric motors, electrical problems, single phase, three phase, DC, capacitors, elevator MG-Sets, modifications, reverse engineering, VFD Drives, single to three phase convertors. Repair of most any electrical/mechanical/electronic apparatus, OEM, AC, DC, Industrial Applications, Three phase, single phase failure mode, determining the root cause of the equipment failure BEFORE failure repeats, Antique appliances, electric motors, fans, ceiling fans, base mount fans, poor equipment performance, Modifications, habitual failures, vibration, redesign, obsolete issues, collectible items restored, rewinding. Owner of EMR Repair Inc www.emrrepair.com More information on electric motors, under Engineering/Motors Ask about any electrical or mechanical problems in the home, office, or even at your work. B2B or business to business CONSULTING I can do but it would be a much more complex issue, that would require a significant amount of time. repair@mearservice.com from there we can discuss and begin work on about anything. Industrial electric motors, controls, troubleshooting, vibration, alignment, any type of industrial or commercial electric/electrcical equipment For the home owner, renter, apartment if you have odd things going on, describe to me, photos are normally very helpful, appliances, heating and air conditioning issues, light switches, installation, DIY PROJECTS FOR THOSE NOT EDUCATED IN ELECTRICAL, we can do some things, but for safety and sanity reasons, I may refer you to a local electrician, and help you find one, help you with pricing and even speak directly with anyone you hire if you have issues,

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Over thirty years with a major repair and sales company, VP of Operations, and former owner of my own specialty repair shops, MEAR Services local to Kansas City Missouri EMR Repair Inc., located in Kansas City Missouri, 2014 sold both businesses to JCI Industries, Lee's Summit Missouri wbabbitt@jciind.com Evaluation and repair of electrical/mechanical apparatus. Electrical and mechanical repairs, trouble shooting including, vibration and balance issues. About.com provides this service, and the huge costs to provide help on about any subject. They provide the servers, the people to vet the experts, costs that would be the same as operating a good sized business, They should be appreciated for what they do, the huge costs and the great help they provide for free, Electric motor questions, can be answered here but there is a dedicated category that has other experts to help and add to a solution. Other common questions, are noises in the walls, breakers tripping, devices not starting or shutting down for no apparent reason, smoke alarms buzzing, thermostat change outs, or sizing wire or needing information for a new project, but anything can be resolved, anything, with enough effort and patience, DIY, with electrical is possible, but in most cases the use of a simple ohm meter or volt meter is needed, they can be purchased at any hardware store for a few bucks. If you have smoke, or smell smoke, don't be writing me, call 911 the Fire Department has no problem looking for smoke smells, better then spraying water on a blazing fire. DO NOT GET CAUGHT INVESTIGATING AND TRAPPED IN A BASEMENT LOOKING FOR A BLOWER FAILING< As to the tip jar, it is up to you, it is appreciated, every expert spends out of pocket that I know, we spend on IP time, computer wear, printing documents, books, and of course our time, but if we prevent a $400 service call, we did well,

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10 plus years, various Technical Schools, followed by Industrial College Credit and non Credit Courses, electronics courses, experience in most any electrical apparatus, electric motors and generators, AC OR DC, fractional to above 5000HP, other electrical apparatus, slip rings, sleeve [plain] bearings, lubrication, identification-no data plate, control components, service and sales. I have continued night schools for decades, the list is extensive. I have been in the business of repairing most anything with wires or mechanical parts for decades, I have some helpful hints and directions you won't have to dig up. Or hopefully not have to pay a huge service call invoice to find.

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