The proper care and maintenance of a TV wall mount can help to ensure that the device gives many years of trouble free service. In any case, to confirm the device is safe, it is important to regularly check the mount's fixing points for signs of movement. As the maintenance of a TV wall mount should take no more than a few minutes a year and usually cost no more than a few pence, it makes good sense to check the device is working correctly to safely support its load.
TV Wall Mount Maintenance
The most important part of maintaining a TV wall mount is the periodic inspection of the device's fixings. Properly doing so may require the removal of the device from the wall. Ideally, a copy of the TV wall mount's original instructions should be available to facilitate this. Where these are not available, consider obtaining a copy from the original vendor or downloading them from the internet. The instruction sheet will contain details of any periodic maintenance that is required as well as instructions on how to safely mount and dismount the device from the wall. Where the TV wall mount allows a sufficient degree of articulation to see the whole of the device, inspecting the mount will be relatively easy. However, where the TV wall mount is too close to the wall to allow the fixing points to be examined, it will be necessary to remove the television from the wall.
Checking the TV Wall Mount's Fixing Points
Ensure the area is well lit to enable the mount's fixing points to be thoroughly inspected. While moving the light source over the mount, examine the device from the side. The top and bottom of the mount should be equidistant from the wall. Be suspicious of a mount where the top edge is slightly further from the wall's surface than the lower edge. Look for radial cracks emanating diagonally upwards from the fixing points, indicating the failure of the associated fixing. Where there is even the slightest evidence that the TV mount is moving in the wall, the device should be removed and remounted on a fresh set of newly located fixings. Always check the load rating of any replacement wall fixings with the hardware supplier prior to their purchase.
Checking the TV Wall Mount Pivot Points
Any point allowing movement of the TV mount can be a potential source of failure. Therefore, all pivots should be periodically checked for wear. To do so properly will require the help of two assistants capable of taking the weight of the television. Ensuring the mount is properly lit, get the assistants to just take the weight of the television, and guide the device to the fullest extent of its articulation. It is important not only that the weight of the television is removed from the mount, but also that no additional unwanted pressure is placed on the mounting points. Before checking the pivot points, briefly re-check the wall mounting points now the load has been removed from them. To check the pivot points, first check that all securing pins and locating components are present and in good condition. Where any components appear to be missing or damaged, the television should be dismounted from the wall and replacements immediately sought from the device's manufacturer. Manually apply a small amount of pressure above and below the pivot to ascertain the degree play in each. Where there is excessive play, attempt to reduce the unwanted movement by tightening the relevant components in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Where there is no adequate method of adjustment, dismount the device from the wall and seek advice from the TV mount's manufacturer. The next step is to check the lateral movement of each of the TV mount's pivots. Allow the TV wall mount to again take the weight of the television. Move each pivot in turn to the fullest extent of its articulation in both directions of travel where this is permitted. If the movement of any of the pivots is stiff or the components begin to bind, it may be necessary to lubricate the pivots in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
Full Visual Assessment of the TV Wall Mount
At this point, it is worth making a complete visual check of the entire TV wall mount. Look for indications of any components that may be starting to fail. Look along the side profile of any pivot arms to check that they are not sagging or bent. Check the joins between any welded components for cracks or flaking paint, which could be an indication of potential failure. With the weight of the device supported by assistants, check that all the fasteners and securing clips are properly tightened. Be particularly careful not to over-tighten the components which secure the mount to the wall or the television.
TV Wall Mount Cabling
While watching the cabling and connectors to the rear of the television, move the TV wall mount between the stowed and the fully articulated position. Ensure that the cables do not risk becoming pinched by the TV wall mount's mechanism. Check that the cables do not place any strain on the connections to the rear of the television or to any of the other devices they connect to. Where problems are identified, the cabling will need to be re-routed. Ensure that the cables are properly supported with cable ties, and consider using a suitable cable tidying product where future movement risks the cables becoming tangled.
TV Wall Mount Paintwork
If there are any chips to the paintwork of the TV wall mount, it can be a good idea to touch these up with a suitable metal paint. It can often be a good idea to also paint the heads of the fasteners to match the TV mount, where the movement of the device means that these are often visible. Once the paint is dry, clean the TV wall mount with a suitable furniture polish, and return the device to the stowed position.
Motorised TV Wall Mount Maintenance
Wall mount devices which allow powered articulation will require a few additional checks. While operating the remote control, note whether the motion of the device is as smooth as it was when new. If the wall mount is moving less smoothly or more slowly than before, it could indicate that there is a problem. Listen to the sound of the motor to see if it appears to be struggling. The problem may be due to excessive friction in the pivots or down to the wear in the motor. Double check that the TV wall mount is correctly rated for the device it is articulating. With some motorised TV wall mounts, it is possible to buy a replacement motor as a spare part. Before ordering replacement parts, it is worth checking that the remote control it not at fault. Test whether the device works differently when the remote control is operated at various ranges. Where this is the case, try replacing the batteries in the remote control handset to eliminate this as the source of the problem.
The proper care and maintenance of a TV wall mount will normally take no more than a few minutes. Periodically checking the device's fixing and pivot points can avoid an expensive failure of the television mounting device. At the same time, a quick overall check of the rest of the TV wall mount can help to identify any other components which may require attention. Where necessary, components can be tightened, repainted, or replaced to ensure the TV wall mount continues to provide many additional years of service.