I have a friend who has brought me a circuit board from her flat screen TV. She assumed it was bad because the TV no longer turns on and there was off-white stuff leaking out of some of the components. When I got the board, the off-white stuff turned out to be that adhesive they use in asia to secure components, so I explained this to her.
But I did notice something strange about the board. On one of the components, the off-white glue was blackened as if it were burnt. The component in question was marked DSC 5D-15... which turns out the be an Inrush Current Limiting Thermistor.
Now, I would expect this thing to get kind of hot, (being a thermistor) and I understand that it provides a different amount of resistance depending on what temperature it is (being a thermistor). But should it really get hot enough to burn the glue?
I tried some tests on some glue I peeled off from another area of the board, and it took much more than the mean max operating temperature (280C) to make the glue burn or turn black.
She also reported that the TV wouldn't turn on until you repeatedly hit the power button... but after a few months of operation like this, it wouldn't turn on at all. I would assume that the action of repeatedly hitting the power button probably caused this inrush thermistor to stay hot and therefore, not protect anything any more.
I was hoping I could just replace the inrush thermistor (if it is damaged). But I suspect there is more damage than this. Currently, I only have the Power supply board.
So, my question is, should the thermistor get hot enough to burn asian component glue? And also, any suggestions on how I can test the thermistor to verify if it is working? And any other suggestions would be appreciated.