A cousin of mine brought this VCR to my shop and the complain was, a dead VCR. Not many people send their VCR’s to be fixed now a days in my country but this guy insisted on the repair of this VCR.
Upon opening and scanning this VCR from the inside, I could not see anything wrong with it but when the problem is, no power in the VCR, the best place to start looking is the VCR power supply area.
I always keep a repair history note book in my shop. I keep records of the repair dates, equipment model numbers, kind of problems and steps I have taken to fix the problem. I could remember that I have fixed this kind of problem before and that is why I looked in my repair history note book and found out the answer to this problem.
I took the power supply out of the VCR and immediately went to the location of that problem and found it. It was a capacitor that gone high in ohms causing the VCR to shut down and stop working. It was 1uf/200 volts. To get to that capacitor, I had to take a heat sink that is soldered directly to the main board of the power supply which was covering the whole area of the capacitor. The moment I took that out I could see the bad capacitor.
I did not have a 1uf/200 volts capacitor in my parts box so I took the chance and replaced it with a 3.3uf/350 volts and to my surprise, it worked nicely.
The power was restored in the VCR and I could play tapes, record tapes and etc. I let it play for about one hour to make sure all is well with the power supply. Everything went fine and the customer later on came and picked up his equipment.
It was an easy fix due to my saved information about the equipment. The first time I worked on this kind of problem, it took me more than two hours to find the problem. It is a very good idea to keep record of your work because the next time you work on the same equipment, it will save you time and money.