Hi EEEEs (Experts Exchange Electronics Engineers),
I just turned the house power off and back on and found that my answering machine won't go back on. It's an Audioline TAM838. I thought I'd see if I could spot any dead looking components, and sure enough, there's a burnt area on the circuit board. So if it's not too hard, I might try to fix it. (Probably not worth my time, but could be interesting.)
Attached are long-distance and close-up photos of the insides.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks to me as if the big crimson component has exploded and leaked onto the 2 resistors (covering one completely and another partially).
You can't see it in the picture, but the crimson component has this written on the burnt side:
Q1. Would you agree that the crimson component is most likely dead?
Q2. Is it likely that any other components have died as a result? (Just trying to calculate funeral expenses, here.)
Q3. Can someone give me a description of that crimson component? (A web search shows me it's probably a polyester film capacitor, but how can I tell what the capacitance is, etc? Do I need a capacitance meter or should it be written on it somewhere?)
Q4. Do we have enough info for me to buy a replacement? If not, how can I get enough?
Q5. Can you see any likely replacement candidates, here:
(The above link takes you directly to polyester film capacitors, in case that's what we need.)
Q6. Would you expect that the black & white 470uF 16V electrolytic(?) capacitor (top-right of close-up photo) is also dead? I see it has some brown stuff on top of it, and maybe on the white phone-line connector cover next to it.
My electronics experience is not very good, but I do have a basic multimeter (no capacitance mode), if that helps.