Appliance manufacturer GE offers a series of pre-lit Christmas trees. All you have to do is set up the tree, plug the cord into an outlet and enjoy. However, sometimes things can go awry, such as when the lights won't work properly. Luckily some do-it-yourself troubleshooting may solve the problem.
Things You'll Need
- Surge protector (optional)
- New bulbs (optional)
Unplug the tree from the current wall socket and plug it into another socket. In some cases, a weak circuit from one receptacle isn’t enough to provide the power the tree needs. If you need to, run an extension cord from the tree directly into a wall socket if you previously had the tree plugged into a surge protector. This provides a more direct power route for the tree and eliminates the possibility of a faulty receptacle socket on the protector.
Unplug the tree from the socket if plugging it into a different socket didn’t correct the problem, and carefully examine each light on the tree. Chances are a blown fuse has disrupted the power chain, causing the tree to not light or to partially light. Unscrew the bulb in each malfunctioning unlit light and pull the tiny arrow tab to remove the pronged fuse. Replace the old fuses with newer ones, replace the bulbs and then turn on the tree. If the lights don't light, continue to Step 3.
Work along the line of lights and manually screw in each light bulb. In some cases, an unseated bulb gives the appearance of a burned bulb, so screwing it back in allows for a better connection. If any bulbs feel loose or have the dark appearance of burned out bulbs, unplug the tree, unscrew the bulbs from the fuse socket and screw new bulbs in their place. Bend the holding wires up onto the bulb to brace the bulb into the socket for a more secure fit. Plug the tree in to see if the problem is fixed.
Tips & Warnings
- If your GE tree is the company’s Constant-On brand, any attempt at self-servicing the tree may void any current warranty. Consult the paperwork included with the tree. In some cases, you may need to take the tree to a licensed GE repair outlet to have the problem fixed.
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