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Old 10-08-2013, 04:04 PM   #1
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Do Flat Screen TV's Freeze?

Last weekend we went looking for a flat screen TV. When we told the salesman that it was going to be spending the winter in an unheated building he got a little nervous. He claimed they had several returned because the luquid behind the screen had frozen and cracked the screen.

Everything I have read about them says their operating temperature is between +40*F and 100*F. Anything below 40 and the picture can become pixilated due to the slow response of the LED's or LCD's. Nowhere have I seen any warnings about the screen literally freezing and cracking. On the other hand every manufacturer I've checked out says they don't gaurantee units placed in temperatures below -20*F.

Does anyone have any experience with an LED or LCD TV failing due to being left in sub zreo temperatures? We have 3 in our new Adventurer and I'd hate to see them damaged due to the cold weather.
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:09 PM   #2
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They do not freeze and suffer any damage.

There are countless LCD TVs in RVs on countless dealers lots and manufacturers lots in freezing weather with no ill effects.

The display may look right until they warm up, but there is no permanent damage.
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:09 PM   #3
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We have a couple in our coach and NO screen has ever frozen or cracked. One tv is LCD the other is LED.
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:10 PM   #4
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Don't know where your at, but 20 below is pretty cold. I don't think I would worry about it. And you probably wouldn't be watching much TV below 40 above. The low operating temp.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:40 PM   #5
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The concern is for plasma tv's. I was placing a tv outside by a hot tub and plasma tv's will freeze. LCD and LED will not. Did the research years ago.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:58 PM   #6
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Agree with bhuppert on this. Did same research. \ken
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:18 AM   #7
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Plasma tv's can fail at high altitudes as well due to pressure differential. Not a problem for LED/LCD.
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Can Freezing Temperatures Harm The LCD TV In Your RV? - The Fun Times Guide to RVing

The storage temp is well below freezing but the operating temps are above freezing. The recommendation is to warm the RV to at least 40 degrees for 24 hours before turning on the TV. I'm not hanging around in a freezing RV and watching television anyway ... but some might.
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:03 PM   #9
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Our LED TVs have experienced three winter storage seasons with temperatures as low as -40. So far, all is well.
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:59 PM   #10
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I did my research for an outside tv next to a covered hot tub. LCD worked just fine when it was turned on 10 below zero. LED would of been even better (less warm up time) Just no plasma outside.
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