How to Recycle LCD Monitors

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How to Recycle LCD Monitors

As technology continues to evolve and consumers replace electronics more frequently, the need for recycling is more important than ever. Recycling not only reduces the presence of waste in landfills, but also provides materials that companies may reuse in their products, which cuts expenses to companies and thereby reduces the cost to consumers. As consumers continue to purchase electronics, finding ways to recycle these parts becomes increasingly more important. By learning how to properly recycle LCD monitors, consumers can contribute to reducing waste, reusing and repurposing materials, and providing safe disposal of combustible or otherwise hazardous materials where necessary.

Repairing LCD Monitors

Before rushing to throw an old, broken, or otherwise unwanted LCD monitor in the trash, consumers should look into repairing their monitor. Often, a backlight or other part may stop functioning due to a short or due to needing a replacement piece. Repairing the device can save consumers several hundred dollars should they choose to do the repair themselves.

When taking apart an LCD monitor, consumers should ensure all cords are unplugged and detached where possible, and they should lay the monitor screen-side down on a flat surface, such as a table. Once consumers locate any broken, damaged, burnt-out, or otherwise non-functioning computer parts, a little research can help them figure out how to repair the device. In some cases it may be necessary to purchase a new piece, such as a LCD capacitor. Consumers may also find they need to purchase specific tools, like a soldering iron in order to do the repair.

Refurbishing LCD Monitors

For consumers looking to replace a functioning LCD monitor, perhaps for a different display type or a desire for a certain brand of monitors, refurbishing a monitor can be a great option. Refurbishing typically consists of replacing older parts with newer and better quality parts. Even if a part still functions, replacing old parts can increase the quality for the user. Refurbishing a monitor, even when purchasing new parts, may cost less than a new monitor.

Consumers commonly replace capacitors in repairing or refurbishing their LCD monitor. If a capacitor no longer functions or still functions but displays wear upon careful inspection, consumers should note that neighbouring capacitors typically stop functioning shortly after as well, making it a key part to replace. Consumers should take care to match the requirements of the old capacitor with the new, including voltage, temperature rating, and capacitor diameter.

Replacing an LCD backlight power inverter can be another common area for consumers to look into when refurbishing their monitor. Upon opening the monitor, consumers can find the power inverter under the shielding next to the logic board, containing the monitor inputs, while the inverter contains the wires that lead to the backlight. Consumers should take care when inspecting and using ascrewdriver to open the monitor, especially around the surface mount fuse and other components to avoid the risk of shock.

LCD Monitor Disposal

If a consumer has a broken LCD monitor, proper disposal of the monitor remains the most likely option. Consumers have several options if they desire to dispose of their monitor. The first option requires calling the local waste management company or department. Many landfills and waste disposal companies hold a special day to recycle electronics where consumers can set their broken or otherwise unwanted electronics out with the trash, and waste management takes custody of them. This allows consumers to ensure proper disposal of their electronics, as waste management then takes over the task of recycling according to local regulations. This typically involves breaking down the monitor and separating its parts so that individual pieces may be recycled.

The second option consists of contacting the company. If consumers contact the brand on their LCD monitor, the company may provide for disposal or refurbishment services. This allows companies to recycle pieces in good condition for their own products and properly dispose of the rest.

How to Buy LCD Monitors on eBay

After disposing of an old or broken LCD monitor properly, consumers may desire a replacement. eBay provides consumers with one-stop shopping, offering a variety of budget-friendly, new, used, and refurbished products. Typing " LCD monitor" into the search bar on any page reveals search results consumers can filter according to their preferences. Consumers can also review sellerfeedback to find a reputable orTop-rated seller, and may be able to score great deals on LCD monitors with the eBay Deals page. When consumers recycle their LCD monitors and other electronics properly, they help the environment and help lower costs to consumers and businesses.

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