How to check for a TV "hot chassis

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Joined Jan 26, 2012
New Member: edgar 007
As a student studying HOME ENTERTAINMENTS SYSTEMS: SERVICING & REPAIRS I am stuck on How to check for a "hot chassis" TV. Does one first place an isolation transformer between the wall outlet and the equipment, ground the chassis to earth? if that be it, what do I then do to ascertain whether the equipment is a "hot chassis"?


Joined Oct 2, 2009
1. Check for absence of power transformer.
2. Check for low resistance between the chassis and one of the prongs on AC plug.
3. Plug in and turn on TV. Check for AC voltage between chassis and Safety GND. Reverse AC plug and check again.

Do all of the above.


Joined Feb 19, 2009
You can also get one of them $15 wands that will alert you when > 50V AC/DC is present and wave it around the board to find the "hot" area.

The chassis should be tied to the green wire (ground) when plugged in, so you should measure some voltage between Black (hot) and ground, and even some voltage between white (neutral) and ground, though not much.

This is assuming US wiring.

If it is an LCD/LED/Plasma, the dangers aren't in the same magnitude as CRT Televisions, which would store tens of thousands of volts just waiting for you to put a probe in the wrong spot.