Electronics have a predetermined lifespan. You don’t need the manufacturers to dictate when you should update your devices. Instead, you should become a smart user, and increase the life expectancy of your device by doing your own simple repairs.
Cleaning regularly and avoiding misuse of your device is one way, but you should also know the basics about repairing it. If you find you have to repair any complex electronics, like for instance an air conditioner, then you are better served to call a 24 hour AC repair company before trying to do it yourself.
Before you try anything, unplug the device from its power source. Remember, removing the power source doesn’t mean you are unable to be shocked; capacitors do in fact store some energy.
The shock is not fatal, but it can give you a small jump. When you work with electronics, make sure you don’t touch the parts that may contain charge. If you want to replace the capacitor, you will have to discharge the capacitor first, by using a special tool. The discharge time depends on the electronic.
It is important that you give the capacitor enough time to discharge.
ESD (Electrostatic Discharge)
You don’t want the machine to get a jump from static electricity.
Therefore, you better use ESD tools to keep a charge from occurring. It can zap your device during repairs. So, before you start the repair, you should have the following tools at your disposal:
- Anti-Static Wrist Straps
- Small Screw Extracting Pliers
If you are unable to acquire an ESD Safe Tool Kit, at least get an Anti-Static Surface. You need to use non-metal ESD safe tools. These will prevent unwanted static discharge while keeping your device safe from scratches.
Using a flathead screwdriver to peel up the connector will damage both the connector and board. If you use a metal spudger, it will crack open your device and render it useless. These products are designed to pry the device open and help you repair the device without damaging it.
Consumer electronics have various connections. Putting pressure on a cable without releasing the connector will rip the socket off the circuit board. Worse, it will tear off internal cables. Learn about different connectors. ZIF Connectors (Zero Insertion Force) needs you to lift a little tab before you slide the cable out.
There are different types of such connectors; some feature a flab on opposite side of the cable while the others release by just a bit of squeezing. Secure the connector tab clips before you pull any wires. If you have a connector without clips, the connector will easily come out.
You need to look for retaining pieces that will keep from giving a direction to the motion. Gently slide the cable straight out of the socket. Pull it out straight to avoid damage.
Your fingers have a lot of oil. Before you touch anything with electricity, you need to clean your hands. These are the basics, and you should know them before attempting repairs yourself.
Even freshly washed hands have a lot of natural oils. While this isn’t a major issue, it should remind you to keep your hands clean.
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