How to Store & Care for an LCD TV in the Winter

By Perry Piekarski

Electronics are finicky when it comes to extreme weather conditions. Since most electronics are designed for the average person's living conditions, intense heat or cold can damage many electronic devices. Careful storage of your LCD TV while you're away during the winter months is essential if you want to protect your investment and see your set through the coldest season of the year.

Things You'll Need

  • Blanket
  • Zip or twist ties

Step 1

Power off your set, unplug it from the wall, and carefully wrap up the power cord. Use a twist tie, zip tie or string to keep the cord from coming unraveled.

Step 2

Cover the set in a soft blanket to protect it from dust and sunlight. Keep your set away from direct sunlight; constant exposure to sunlight will damage your LCD TV. Sheltering the screen with a blanket also prevents dust, water and debris from collecting on or around the set.

Step 3

Store your LCD TV above freezing temperature. Temperatures below freezing could damage your set. While LCD TVs typically have a lowest acceptable storage temperature of about -20 degrees Celsius (or -4 degrees Fahrenheit), it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to an expensive television set. Keep it around room temperature to avoid damage from the cold.

Step 4

Move your LCD TV to a place you're sure will remain dry. Water will damage your set if exposed to it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Review your LCD TV's user manual for additional tips for winter storage specific to your brand of TV.
  • When powering on your TV for the first time after cold storage, give it a day to get up to room temperature and let any potential condensation dry.
  • No guarantees can be made about how your LCD TV will respond to the cold. If you feel uncomfortable storing your LCD TV in a cold place, it's best to bring it with you or lend it to someone you trust.
  • Be sure to lock up your TV if leaving it for an extended period of time to prevent it from being stolen.