Will a LCD televison freeze in prolonged cold and still work later?We want to put a LCD TV in our camper, and we live in Northern Michigan. We want to know if it will hurt to leave it in our...

Will a LCD televison freeze in prolonged cold and still work later?

We want to put a LCD TV in our camper, and we live in Northern Michigan. We want to know if it will hurt to leave it in our camper all year round?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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When Liquid gets too cold it freezes.  When it freezes, it expands.  If you put a can of coke in the freezer and then take the can out in about 12 hours it won't be the same size.  The LCD televisions have a Liquid Crystal Display.  Most manufactures of the LCD televisions have their own warranties and guidelines for the televisions.  Most of the companies indicate that the operation temperature should be between 40 degrees Fahrenheit all the way up to 100 degrees.  So if you live in a cold area and you try to use your TV you must let it warm to at least 40 Degrees before trying to turn it on.  LCDs are a good idea inside RVs, but in a cold climate the aswer to your question is not clearly stated.    A LCD's  picture quality is very good and it isn't  very big or heavy. However, with freezing and thawing you might run the risk of cracking your screen.  There is no hard proven science to prove the TV won’t be damaged.   

You must also realize that if you get the temperature of the TV up to operating temperature, the TV must still not be used for at least 24 hours to let any condensation dry up.  If you try to send electricity through a TV full of condensation it could short out completely. 

Modern RV’s are being built with TV’s installed, but if I lived in an extremely cold climate, I would take my LCD out of the RV to protect it and reinstall it in warmer weather, just to be safe.

"The basis of LCD technology is the liquid crystal, a substance made of complicated molecules. Like water, liquid crystals are solid at low temperatures. Also like water, they melt as you heat them. But when ice melts, it changes into a clear, easily flowing liquid. Liquid crystals, however, change into a cloudy liquid very different from liquids like water, alcohol, or cooking oil. At slightly higher temperatures, the cloudiness disappears, and they look much like any other liquid."

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aoteawotan | eNotes Newbie

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Hello

I have a Samsung 40inch LED TV, it's 6 weeks old & a few mornings past it would not turn on. We unplugged from the wall etc etc all the things the helpdesks advised. Two days later the Samsung tech arrived & declared that the unit was cold? Apparently all Samsung flat screens go into survival mode below 10C. Sounds plausible enough but I can't find any literature to support this. Oh, by the way I'm in NZ & it's our winter, winter over here has an overnight low of 6/7, heaven alone nows how you'll get on in Michigan!

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