> We bought a 2001 Panasonic 20-inch TV from a garage sale. Seemed like
> a steal, at $40.
> My wife told me that, sometimes, the TV would not turn on. The first
> time, I simply switched what outlet it was plugged into, then it worked
> Then when I went home for lunch today, and as I was bringing in the
> trash bins, I noticed the electrical meter was spinning very rapidly.
> Usually it only spins this fast if we run the whole-house air
> conditioning, but today was a pretty cool day, and it didn't seem too
> likely. My wife then told me the TV wouldn't turn on again. Sure
> enough, it wouldn't turn on. I unplugged it, then, on a hunch, went
> back outside to look at the meter. It was spinning much more slowly.
> Plugged the TV back in, and now it works... looked at the meter again,
> and it's spinning slowly.
> Any thoughts on what could be going on?
> I'm thinking:
> 1. There's a short somewhere, that periodically prevents the TV from
> turning on, and pulls a lot of current from the mains. But why would
> this be...? Typically only seems to be after the TV has been plugged
> in awhile. (It was working fine last night.)
> 2. Why wouldn't the circuit breaker trip...?
> 3. Are we really lucky that the house didn't catch fire, or what?
If something was drawing that much current you'd expect heat, smoke, flames !
Unless it was a purely reactive load which is somewhat unlikely for a tv.