How to Store an LCD TV

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A Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) television delivers a beautiful, luminous picture by selectively filtering white light to produce a color spectrum. The delicate electronics inside the TV do not respond well to bumps or jostling, and the screen itself can be easily scratched. This is why care must be taken when storing the TV, either for long periods of time or when moving to another location. Saving the original packing materials is the best way to plan ahead for storage needs, although other precautions when storing the set will protect the investment.

Things You'll Need

  • LCD TV
  • Original packing materials or cardboard box
  • Styrofoam packing "peanuts"
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Box tape or duct tape
  • Scissors or knife
  • Dessicant pouches (silica gel)
  • Disconnect the LCD TV from the power outlet and detach the electrical cable from the back of the set, if it features a detachable cord.

  • Coil the power cord loosely and place in a resealable plastic bag to keep it clean and prevent the cord from attracting dust.

  • Disconnect the audio/video cables from the back of the set by grasping the cable plugs and pulling them straight out of their jacks.

  • Roll and store the cables in resealable plastic bags.

  • Pour a 2-inch layer of Styrofoam packing peanuts into a reinforced cardboard box large enough to hold the television. A narrow box works best and will require fewer packing materials.

  • Grip the bottom edge of the set with one hand and place the other hand on the back of the set to keep the weight balanced. Get a helper to hold the other side in the same manner.

  • Lift the television straight up and lower gently in the upright position into the box.

  • Fill the box with Styrofoam packing material on all sides, including a layer on top of the TV.

  • Place the plastic bags containing the power and audio/video cables on top of the packing material inside the box.

  • Add several desiccant pouches, available at electronics stores. These little plastic envelopes contain silica gel, which absorbs moisture and protects electronic equipment from dampness.

  • Seal the lid of the box with packing or duct tape.

  • Carry the packaged television in the upright position to a storage space that is dark, dry and cool (between 60 and 65 F), away from heaters, direct sunlight and sources of moisture.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always store an LCD TV in a sealed box to keep out dust and prevent buildup of static electricity, as could happen if a blanket were to be draped over the set.
  • Do not store the TV on its side; this can damage internal components and affect the picture quality.

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