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Loewe Xelos Sparking!

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by TeresaTT, Oct 31, 2004.

  1. TeresaTT

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    I recently purchased a Panasonic plasma and so my 32" Loewe Xelos was relegated to my conservatory to replace my fifteen year old 4:3 Ferguson set. The Loewe worked fine until this morning. We had been away for a week and the first time I switched it on since we got back, I had picture and sound for a few seconds and then very loud and alarming sparking noises. I immediately turned the set off. I checked it over and turned on again but got the sparking straight away with no picture.

    My conservatory is not damp. There is no condensation and the old set had worked fine for several years. The Loewe is five years old and had never had any problems before.

    I've moved the Loewe back into my lounge in case the problem is due to damp. I'll let it warm up and dry out and try to power it up tomorrow.

    Is my lovely Loewe wrecked? Is it likely that the shorting will have burned out some of the components? My retailer doesn't open on a Monday, so I've got ages to wait to find out what can be done. Does anyone have any useful advice or suggestions that I can try in the meantime?

    I'm really gutted that my Loewe is messed up.

    Thanks

    Teresa
     
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    How old is your Loewe?
     
  3. TeresaTT

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    Only five years old.
     
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    It sounds as though it may be high tension arcing - not good. Don't try it until a competant person has checked it over.
     
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    If it does turn out to be condensation/dampness then will your House Contents insurance cover it as accidental damage?
     
  6. TeresaTT

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    I'll bet my insurance won't cover it, but it will be worth checking.

    I'm going to see my retailer this morning to find out what I can do.
     
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    I got my Loewe Xelos back from the service center on Saturday and the problem has been fixed. It was a defective component in the line stage. Apparantly the casing had deteriorated due to age and had been causing arching. The engineer replaced the part and says that it going and the TV being put into the conservatory were probably just coincidental.

    It's great to have my Loewe back, even though we have our shiny new plasma. I just hope it survives alright in the conservatory.
     

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