Repair a Malfunctioning LCD





Introduction: Repair a Malfunctioning LCD

This Instructable will show you how to repair a LCD that has dead rows and\or columns using a minimum of time and tools. The example shown here is a small LCD in a cordless telephone, but the same principle can be used in other devices as well.

Step 1: Tools Needed

This fix can be performed using a minimum of tools. You need only the tools necessary to disassemble the device (in this case only one screwdriver was necessary), a hot-air gun (a powerful hair dryer may work), and a pencil eraser.

Step 2: Disassembly

Disassemble the device to expose the LCD. Obviously, this step will vary by device. If you are having trouble getting your particular device apart, try Googleing "'yourdevicename' disassembly".

Step 3: Prep the Screen

Prepare the screen for repair by exposing the ribbon cable on the backside of the screen. In this phone, there is a plastic clip holding the LCD that must be temporarily removed. A plastic-coated paper clip is a handy for holding the LCD down while you work.

Step 4: Repair the Connections

Using LOW heat (you do not want to melt the ribbon or the solder on the board), slowly heat the ribbon cable where it is connected to the mainboard to soften the glue. At the same time, gently but firmly rub the connection strip with the pencil eraser.
1. Try to avoid directing too much hot air onto the LCD itself as this could damage it.
2. Apply enough heat to melt the glue holding the ribbon connection, but not enough to melt the cable itself.
3. If after the first try the problem is not resolved, try rubbing the connections down with something firmer. I repaired two identical phones using this method, and the second one required that I use the back of a plastic screwdriver to force down the connections.

Step 5: Results

With any luck, your results will be something like this. This repair, including disassembly, took approximately ten minutes to complete and the results are excellent; the screen is 100% functional again.

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Fixed my old calculator! Just wanted to say thank you!

This made me squeal when it worked! I fixed an old treadmill computer from a machine I bought second-hand. There was a broken connection on the breadboard so I dunno if that work but we'll see! I didn't have a heat gun, blow dryer or clothes iron to use, but I made it work with the end of my hot glue gun. Thanks, God bless!

Thank you, glue gun worked like a charm!

Just repaired my Honeywell CMS921 thermostat display, fully working save £75+ Thanks!

No ribbon strip on my CMS921 just 8 pins that plug into the PCB. Please advise!! :-)

I just got my CM921 to work - so, carefully unplug or remove the lcd unit from the circuit board (8 pins i think) then separate the white board (same size as the lcd) from the back of the lcd display (it was glued on one side and i used a scalpel) the lcd will then flip over and you can see the ribbon, then follow the instructions above, return the lcd back down on top of the little white board as before and plug it back in...

Thanks for your post. You just saved me a £25 repair cost and a 1 week wait! Easy-peasey, broken to working in 10 minutes.


There may be a thin conductive rubber strip between the glass of the display & the board it is attached to. Over time this rubber can leak an insulating compound onto the interface connection that can, at times, be removed by removing the strip and gently rubbing it with a clean soft eraser. Be gentle as it can be fragile & easily damaged. This was an effective repair in the early days of these displays.

I did it ! and My old house phone is working again!Thank you so much!!!!