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Trouble with RCA HDLP50W151

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by lauricek, Dec 24, 2005.

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  1. lauricek

    lauricek Guest

    I bought this set about 1 1/2 years ago. I had to replace the bulb back
    in August. About a week ago it started to act up. When we turn it on,
    the volume comes on but not the picture, we turned it off and waited a
    few minutes then we turned it back on again, this time it came on audio
    and video. Every other day or so, it does the same thing and sometimes
    it takes few tries to get the picture to come on. What could the
    problem be? My children are fed up with it and want their old TV back.
    Does anybody know what the problem could be? I appreciate any input.
     
  2. Art

    Art Guest

    Lamp, Ballast, Controller, Etc. Have to check the error codes, when it is in
    operation, to determine what may be causing the intermittant problems.
     
  3. John-Del

    John-Del Guest

    Art's right, it could be the lamp. These lamps don't have filaments
    like an incandescent lamp does. Sometimes they just won't strike, and
    sometimes the ballast is weak.

    John
     
  4. lauricek

    lauricek Guest

    Thanks John, I am grateful for your input. What is the ballast? I don't
    know much about this TV other than the fact it comes with a pricey
    Bulb. I paid $595.00 for it back in August after owning it for only 13
    months.
     
  5. lauricek

    lauricek Guest

    Thanks John, I am grateful for your input. What is the ballast? I don't
    know much about this TV other than the fact it comes with a pricey
    Bulb. I paid $595.00 for it back in August after owning it for only 13
    months.
     
  6. lauricek

    lauricek Guest

    Thanks Art, I appreciate your help, but how do I check for the error
    codes?
     
  7. lauricek

    lauricek Guest

    It's a 50" TV, I had to call an RCA repairman because I didn't know
    what was wrong with the TV.
    Where can I get it for $250? I would like to have one on hand because
    it's only a matter of time before it needs to be replaced.
     
  8. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    if its the 61" TV then you payed too much.
    you can get them for $250.
     
  9. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    directly from RCA, i had already called then when i bought my
    unit just to see if the store was pulling my leg or not.
    i don't know about yours, but mine is user replaceable. you
    simply pop out some screws in the back and the assembly comes
    out with lamp in it.
     
  10. John-Del

    John-Del Guest

    These lamps don't run at 120 VAC like household lights do, they require
    HV at specific frequencies to run them, and that's what the ballast
    does. There is a bulletin issued for these models that warns of
    erratic lamp operation if the wrong lamp is used. Apparently, there
    are several vendors for the lamps and ballasts and the complete service
    number must be used when ordering the lamps in order to obtain the
    correct one. The service number is the model number plus several
    numbers\letters as a suffix. The wrong lamp will cause problems. Post
    the service number on the back of the TV.

    My parts price list shows the lamps were $598.00 in the June 05 list.

    John
     
  11. Guest

    How long are you seeing these lamps last. So far we have not seen a
    single one make it to 2000 hours.
     
  12. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    mine is suppose to be rated for aprox
    8500 hours.
    thats about 3 years of average tv
    usages.
    now in my home, the damn thing seems
    to be on 24/7, having problems with
    the members of the house in just walking
    out the door leaving it on with no one
    there.
    its been like this for 2 years now and it
    still seems to be ok.
     
  13. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    P.S.
    the first unit we brought home lasted 8 hours
    and then generated lamp problems.
    halling a 61 DLP wasn't my cup of tea for a
    35 mile run in a pick up truck.
    we made the store deliver another one.
    we also noticed that there was a slight
    film of dust on the back of the tv that would
    met the unit must of been sitting around for a
    while before it got boxed!
    sounds like i got a line pull!
    well guess what, they got it back ! :))
     
  14. lauricek

    lauricek Guest

    The service number is HDLP50W151YX1. I had the bulb replaced by an
    authorized RCA representative.
     
  15. John-Del

    John-Del Guest

    I haven't been keeping track really, although I have seen several lamps
    of different brands failing in under 2000 hours. Oddly, I haven't had
    a call for an RCA lamp failure although I hear many others do.

    John
     
  16. John-Del

    John-Del Guest

    For service number HDLP50W151YX1, the correct lamp number would be
    260962. The correct ballast would be 261629. Both of these are
    described as "type A".

    John
     
  17. lauricek

    lauricek Guest

    Is there a way for me to get a trouble code for this condition?
     
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