Why should you avoid working inside of a CRT?

December 8, 2009

One of the common warnings posted on the outside of a cathode ray tube monitor is “No user serviceable parts inside.” Why is it a good idea to avoid poking around on the inside of a CRT?

A) CRT monitors contain dangerous chemicals

B) CRT monitors get very hot

C) CRT monitors maintain high voltages, even when unplugged

D) CRT monitors are very fragile and can easily break

The answer: C) CRT monitors maintain high voltages, even when unplugged

CRT monitors contain a capacitor that maintains very high voltages, even when the monitor is powered off and unplugged. Although many monitors may include bleeders that help dissipate the voltage, it’s still a dangerous situation. Don’t work on the inside of a monitor unless you’re trained at discharging the power hazard!

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