How to Troubleshoot a Fisher Home Stereo

By James Clark

Fisher makes a line of home stereos that are noted for their sleek, compact designs. Most of the company's models are designed for compact spaces or office use. Some can be connected to other audio-video equipment for home theater applications, and others are stand-alone stereos. Whichever model you own, if something ever goes wrong you want to get back to your music as quickly as possible and spare a trip to the repair shop.

Check your connections. Make sure the power cord is plugged firmly into a surge protector connected to a wall outlet. Also make sure the speakers on your Fisher system are connected to the main CD/amplifier component (for shelf models) or the stand-alone receiver (for larger systems). The wires can sometimes become loose or disconnected on Fisher desktop stereos with detachable speakers.

Replace the button battery in your Fisher remote control, if necessary. Most Fisher models come with a remote control that uses a flat, round watch battery. Take the old battery with you to an electronics store to buy a matching replacement.

Fix broken or loose speaker wires by stripping 1/2 inch of insulation from the end of the wire and reattaching it to the back of the Fisher speakers by raising each spring-loaded clip to expose a hole for the wire. Insert red wires to red (right) channels and black wires to the black (left) channels.

Make sure the selection knob or remote control is set to the audio feature you wish to play. For example, if the CD player is not producing sound, the Fisher may be set for FM radio reception. Turn the selection knob on the front of the receiver or press the CD button on the remote control.

Check the component jacks on the back of the Fisher stereo if you have additional equipment connected to your system. A loose video cable will disable the DVD player, for instance. All plugs should be pushed firmly into their corresponding jacks.

Close front-loading vertical CD loaders on some Fisher stereos. The CD player will not operate if the front door is ajar.

Clean the CD player using a product, such as Memorex, to remove dust and contaminant from the player's laser lens.

Unplug headphones from the Fisher headphone jack if the speakers will not produce sound. Fisher stereo speakers are designed to shut off automatically when a headphone set is plugged in.