If your television isn’t working as well as it used to, or has damage, you have a choice to either replace or repair it. In some cases, there is too much damage to your television, and purchasing a new model is the only option. Other times, a repair is simple and can save you a lot of money. To help you determine how to tell if your TV is worth repairing, follow these tips.
Diagnose the issue
To determine if you can repair the TV, you must first diagnose the problem. In cases where there is a clear physical problem, such as a cracked screen, this process will be simple. If there is an unseen technical issue, the problem may be harder to diagnose. You may need to call a TV repair shop and describe the issue to them so that they can identify it. Once you determine the problem, you can then discover the costs for a repair.
Assess cost factors
The main determining factor of whether you should repair or replace your TV usually comes down to cost. In some cases, repairing a TV costs as much as purchasing a new one. In other cases, the problem could be easily fixed by replacing a damaged part. As a rule, if the cost to repair your TV is over half the cost to purchase a new one, you may be better off tossing it. Some factors that impact the cost of a repair include required replacement parts, type of television, and complexity of the issue. Unless there is an exceptionally difficult issue, repairing your TV will typically cost far less than replacing it.
Common costly issues:
- Severely cracked or damaged screen
- Complex electrical issues
Common inexpensive issues:
- Backlight issues
- Input problems
- Remote control damage
- Reception problems
- Loose or broken cord jacks
If your TV is close to a decade old, it may not be working properly due to the age. If this is the case, it might be time to buy a new one. If you have a newer model, however, repairing it could greatly extend its life. Typically, TVs should function properly for around 30,000 to 60,000 hours.
If your TV is under ten years old, has a diagnosable issue, and the repair costs less than half the price of a new TV, then repairing it might be the best option. If you decide to repair your TV and find you need replacement parts, ElectroParts has you covered. From Vizio t-con boards to Samsung power supply boards, we offer various rare, affordable TV replacement parts. For more information regarding our services, contact us.