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TV Troubles

Post by ALK » Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:27 am

Seems my TV might have bitten the dust after 4 and a half years service. Had it on this evening when suddenly the picture started to flicker, then black screen with only the sound coming out. Its a Samsung 32 inch HDTV model.

Dare I ask, would a call out repair be all that expensive or am I going to somehow find the funds to get a new TV?
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Re: TV Troubles

Post by silvergunner » Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:33 am

If you have your tv on with something playing. Take your phone and shine it's camera/torch light on the screen. You should be able to just about see an image.
If you do you know the panel is fine and it's just the LED array which outputs the light that has gone. That should be fairly cheap to fix with a honest engineer.

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Post by ALK » Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:47 pm

I shined a touch at it and I can see a very slight picture when put up real close, so I guess its that cheap fix you mentioned.

Now to just fine an honest engineer. I see Currys/PC World offer TV repairs for £95 + whatever parts need replacing. Is that the best sort of deal I'm looking or could there be someone cheaper?
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Re: TV Troubles

Post by silvergunner » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:27 am

I would check to see if you have a local to repair guy first. That fault would generally be less than £100 to fix if spare parts are available. Just bare in mind if spares ain't available then you will still pay a charge for the engineers time.

How old is the TV if you never had it from new? If it was only say a 32" screen that cost £200 maybe worth putting the money towards a new screen.

A 2017 Samsung 32" non smart tv will cost you around £299 for example.

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Re: TV Troubles

Post by ALK » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:47 am

About 4 and a half years. It was a 2012 model brought new.

I really can't afford a brand new one, not on my current earnings and bills. The best I can afford is a fix.
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Re: TV Troubles

Post by silvergunner » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:52 am

I would say it's worth fixing. If it was a panel replacement needed then that certainly would not of been worth doing.

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Post by oldtimer » Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:43 pm

Sounds like the LED array, should cost you about £70/£90
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Re: TV Troubles

Post by ALK » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:03 am

So to update, a local TV repair shop quoted me around £90, though that was only based on my description of the fault so could differ once he gets inside. The only problem was getting the TV to the shop. Since I had no car, taxi was the only option even if the shop was a 5-10 walk but I did worry about how exactly to have the TV in a car.

Would you know, I find a TV box in a front garden thats just the right size to put it in. :lol: Despite the stand not wanting to come off due to the screws refusing to come out, I was able to get the TV safely to he shop.

Now to play the waiting game as he'll call on Wednesday with the price of the repair. Just a few more days of starring at that empty TV stand. :lol:
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Re: TV Troubles

Post by ALK » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:54 pm

So he called back. Told me the LED lights (3 out of the 4) had died. After parts and labor, £150 to fix it! :shock:

Now, I should be getting some funds come the 24th but.....I just dunno what to do. @_@ That's a lot to pay when I could get a new one for about the £200-300 mark if I'm lucky but at the same time I certainly don't earn enough a month to warrant that sort of price for a new TV. T.T

What to do, what to do....
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Re: TV Troubles

Post by rocky1980 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:49 pm

£150 is a lot of cash for a repair. A new one would not be much more !
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Post by Sega2006 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:19 pm

I'd replace it if you are not able to do the repair yourself, I hate throwing stuff out but that would be defined as beyond economical repair under insurance as potentially other components could be not far behind.
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Re: TV Troubles

Post by ALK » Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:58 pm

End of the day, I coughed up the £150 and got it back today. Yes it was very steep, but getting the extra funds for a brand new TV was not possible for the foreseeable future and I was going crazy from how quiet it was in my room without the TV either playing the news, Impact Wrestling, or Youtube without resorting to my laptop (Which is needed for work more then play.) and not to mention my console gaming.

Thanks for the advise anyway guys. If this ever happens again, think I will just lean more to a new TV somehow someway.....
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Re: TV Troubles

Post by rocky1980 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:13 pm

At least you have a TV again, not sure what I would do If I did not have one
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Re: TV Troubles

Post by dste » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:48 pm

rocky1980 wrote:
Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:13 pm
At least you have a TV again, not sure what I would do If I did not have one
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Re: TV Troubles

Post by lupogtiboy » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:11 pm

Could you not have claimed on your house insurance? I know its a bit dishonest, but a small accident whilst moving it downstairs and the money for a new tv! (disclaimer: I have NEVER done this myself but I do know people who have!)
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