Originally Posted by jetpuck73
I have a HD-61FH97 and would like to know how I can take it apart to clean the dust inside?
I have been meaning to do that very thing for quite some time. Today I finally took the plunge and took some pictures (albeit, crappy ones) along the way so I'll post what I did.
First of all, my set is an HD-61FN97 so I can't be sure yours will identical. If not, hopefully the following will at least steer you in the right direction.
The first thing you need to do is remove the speaker grill. There are four philips head screws on the rear of the TV, two on the edge of each side, that secure the speaker grill.
Once removed you have to work the grill with a bit of light to moderate pressure to get the tabs on the top of the grill to pop loose.
Once the grill is loose you need to remove the power wire connector. It's a small white, keyed connector that comes off easily.
Now that you have access behind the grill you can remove the philips head screws that secure the lower part of the screen. There are eight screws that need to be removed. Their location is marked in the photo.
You will also need to remove the speakers (4 screws each) and then disconnect the speaker wires.
Finally there are 10 philips head screws along the rear of the screen bezel that need to be unscrewed, then the screen can be lifted away. Note that this should be a two-man job. The screen isn't heavy but you don't want it to fall off once you undo that last screw. Also, only lift the screen by grasping the side bezels. Don't lift or move it by the top bezel as it's a bit flimsy.
Once the screen is out of the way the guts are wide open. I was truly shocked at how clean the interior was considering I've had this set for 6 years and have never cleaned it previously. The mirror was completely dust free. The only cleaning I had to do was to wipe the lens down with a lint-free cloth. After that the reassembly was simply the reverse of the removal process. One tip: To reattach the speaker grill (don't forget to reattach the power connector first) angle the top edge in so the small tabs are in the slots, then pop the bottom edge in. Also, when replacing the screen you will want to attach the top screws first and then you'll need to jimmy the screen a little around the bezel to get it to reseat properly.
Hope that helps and good luck.