Busted TV - how much is too much?
06-28-2019, 03:36 PM,
Post: #1
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Thankfully, not my new LG OLED. My sister's LG has seemingly bit the dust. Power on, lights up the panel for a split second, then a dark screen. Shining a flashlight shows the picture is there, so the panel is good, but the LED backlight is not doing its job.

TV is just a little over five years old, which pisses me off to no end (my mother and I bought this TV for her for Christmas). It wasn't expensive by any stretch, but I think a TV should last a little more than five years; our Sharp upstairs is over ten years old, Dad's now-replaced Sony was twelve years old, and the RCA tube TV that the Sharp replaced was purchased in 1992 and lasted at least 15 years. And I'm well aware nothing is really made to last any more, but five years is harsh.

So now I've got some figuring to do. There's a repair shop down the street that will diagnose the issue for $30. That, to me, is a no-brainer. The question is, how much more should we throw at this thing? It's not new tech: it's 1080p, but she doesn't have anything that's 4K compatible. New TVs are available at pretty much every price point, but, as with all things, the more you spend, the better you get; that said, I know she can't invest in prime rib, but I'd rather her get ground round rather than hot dog sweepings. If we do go the repair route, what's to say something else won't break in the future? My credit card would double the factory warranty of a new TV.

How much would you, Treefort readers, be willing to invest in repair before you figure it's not worth it?
06-28-2019, 09:17 PM,
Post: #2
RE: Busted TV - how much is too much?
My Panasonic plasma died about a month ago. It was 7 or so years old and very much a discontinued model.

I read online that you can buy reconditioned parts from Jina for a few hundred dollars to get it back up and running again. The procedure didn't look complicated and I'm not shy about working with electronics or soldering, but I wasn't willing to buy $300 worth of parts from some unknown website that may take weeks to arrive in hopes that it work again.

I replaced the TV.

If I were you I'd price out the replacement and base everything on that. If it's like what I read about my Panasonic, the fix for yours will be a daughter card that would be a drop-in replacement. If you have a multimeter and the intellectual fortitude to watch 8 minutes of this video, you might give DIY a go.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pyuXwNkBMA
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06-29-2019, 01:07 AM,
Post: #3
RE: Busted TV - how much is too much?
Yeah, if there's a part swap that can happen I'd think about it. Other than that I'd unfortunately junk the TV buy a new one. There's a guy nearby that refurbishes/repairs TVs. I'd probably consult him, too.
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06-29-2019, 10:26 AM,
Post: #4
RE: Busted TV - how much is too much?
God dammit, Costco.

They had three Vizio P55-F1s left, with an asterisk on the tag showing me they weren't long for the store.

All I needed was shampoo. All I wanted was a hot dog.

And I left with a TV.

I gave my sister the option of taking it to the repair place. Told her if the repair was more than $150-200 or so, it likely wasn't worth it. Hopefully this TV lasts longer than the other.
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06-29-2019, 11:18 AM,
Post: #5
RE: Busted TV - how much is too much?
Vizio is probably fine so long as it doesn't have a network connection. Smile

I hope the hotdog was tasty.
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07-01-2019, 07:04 AM,
Post: #6
RE: Busted TV - how much is too much?
Yeah. My TV doesn't get a network connection.
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