Is My TV Worth Fixing?

Reasons Why You Shouldn't Fix Your Own TV

Warranty Coverage

Your TV may be covered by a warranty. Most manufacturers warrant their TVs for one year from the original purchase. You can find the manufacturer's warranty period from either your sales receipt, the owner's manual, or the manufacturer's web site. If you purchased an extended service plan and you are not sure when it ends, call the store where you purchased the plan.

Physical Damage

If your TV was severely damaged (such as being dropped down a flight of stairs) where the panel, bezel, and printed circuit boards are cracked or broken, then the TV is not worth fixing.

Flood Or Water Damage

See How to Fix a TV Damaged by Flooding or Water

Lightning Or Power Surge Damage

See How to Fix a TV Damaged by Lightning or a Power Surge

Should a Small TV Be Fixed?

If the television is much smaller than a 50-inch (125-cm), it may not be worth fixing considering the cost of the part that needs to be replaced. For example, if the display panel needs to be replaced, it might be almost equal to the cost of a new TV.

Should an Old TV Be Fixed?

If the TV is more than 10 years old it's probably not worth fixing (unless you're an antique collector), because parts may not be available for a TV that old. The longevity of the whole TV must also be considered. It's like fixing an old car - as soon as you fix one thing, chances are something else will soon go wrong. To find the year that the TV was manufactured, check the label on the back side of the TV.

What Are Parts Going To Cost?

The articles in the Solution Center can tell you if a part needs to be replaced. Click the blue buttons and find the symptom that most closely resembles the problem. If you need to replace something like a circuit board or some other part inside the television, then it’s a matter of whether the part is available, whether you can afford to purchase it, and whether you are willing to replace it yourself.

If something needs to be replaced, and you want to know how much it would cost, see Replacement Parts For TVs to get specific pricing from parts dealers. You may also want to read How To Order TV Parts

Just to give you an idea of the cost of parts, below is a list of approximate costs (in US dollars) of some typically replaced parts.

Approximate Costs of TV Parts
Bezels (frames) & front assy.s $80 to $250
Lamps for projection TVs $100 to $250
LCD/LED display panels $170 to $400
Light engines (optical blocks) $350 to $800
Logic boards $100 to $200
Main (or Signal) boards $70 to $200
Plasma display panels (PDP) $250 to $500
(after core return)
Power boards (or SMPS) $50 to $400
Power inverters (LED/LCD) $50 to $150
Small circuit boards
(such as Function & IR
boards containing push-
buttons or touch-pads)
$20 to $100
Speakers $10 to $40
T-CONN boards $80 to $150
Tuners $30 to $80
X-main & Y-main boards $70 to $200

What is the Useful Life of a TV

The longevity of a TV is like anything that is man-made - it will eventually break down. Typically, a TV should continue to run well for at least 10 years. But rapid technological advances will drive TVs to obsolescence much sooner. So for the purpose of depreciation for business taxes, the determinable useful life of a TV is 4 to 5 years.

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