Originally Posted by zeno
On the fire issue in almost 40 yrs of TV repair I have
never seen a set go into open flame burning.
There were some full-blown fires including house fires caused by RCA CTC-25 power switches arcing. RCA issued a preemptive upgrade and we installed the new switches on every '25 that came thru the shop.
We had a trade-in cheapy 'suitcase' record player (xtal cartridge, 50C5 and 35W4, tapped motor winding for heater dropper), no fuse at all. It had a bad filter cap (about a 50/30 at 150V, wax coated tubular) that was running hot. For a 'controlled experiment' we let the thing run to see what would happen. The cap began smoking, and did
go into open flame fed by the wax. Shudderd to think if the thing was in somebody's house and left on.