After being in the TV repair business for years we get asked the question constantly, “Is my TV worth repairing?” and before we can even begin to educate the consumer we typically hear, “I can buy a new one for $599” (pardon my exact number but have to use something for an example). When it comes to considering repairing your TV vs. replacing it consider some of the following:
Step 1, Do you like your TV? Was it working fine prior to it breaking? Do you really want a bigger TV? If you do can the particular room that this TV is in accommodate a larger TV without it looking out of place? If you do like your TV and it was working fine and you don’t necessarily want a bigger TV then bring it in for a diagnostic evaluation. Your only upfront commitment to the repair is a $42.50 diagnostic charge which will apply toward the repair cost should you choose to proceed with the repair.
Step 2, Once you know what the repair cost is now compare apples to apples. The concern I hear the most from customers is that they can replace their TV for X amount, typically insinuating how cheap TVs are. The thing to keep in mind is are you comparing apples to apples or apples to oranges. If you purchased a new 50’’Panasonic TV in 2010 and paid $1700 for it, it has an awesome picture, great sound, and plenty of HDMI ports. That would not be equivalent to pricing out a 50’’ or even larger RCA, Element, Westinghouse at your local Walmart for $499. In most cases, your 5-year-old Panasonic TV is going to be a better TV in almost every category.
Another comparison would be looking at your 2012 55’’Sanyo Plasma TV with a price tag of $699 which weighs 85lbs, is 10 inches thick, sucks a ton of energy, and has a mediocre picture a step above your grandma’s DLP that is so dark she can’t see what she is watching. In this case, you price out a middle of the road TV and you realize you can replace it for $499.
Step 3, Now go back and look at the repair cost and make an educated decision. Your name brand TV, which I used Panasonic as an example, needs a replacement main board and an hour of labor. Your cost $249. You should probably repair the TV! Take it back home and continue to enjoy it. You just saved yourself roughly $600-$800 vs buying a new one. On the flip side, your bargain basement TV that needs a replacement X main board and power supply that’s going to cost you $249 scrap the TV, put your money toward a newer more efficient TV with better features and better picture.
Step 4, Put your trust in the professionals and make your decision based on facts. If you don’t know how much your TV repair is going to cost then you can’t determine if you should replace it. We are a full-service TV and electronics repair shop. We have an electrical bench technician on staff that has been with us nearly 12 years. We repair all brands of TVs, some of the most common repairs would be blown capacitors on a power supply, sound but no picture, no power, or your TV is turning on and off. No repair is too big or two small and we have the parts and expertise to get your device back and working again usually in about 5 business days. We stock over 3000 parts and we know electronics! It is highly possible that you found a blog or video describing the exact symptom of your TV and you already think you know what is wrong with it. This very well could be true but there is a good chance it is not. We can’t diagnose your TV over the phone and there are simply too many variables as to what might be wrong with your TV and how much it may cost until we actually diagnose it.
In conclusion, have the cost of TV’s dropped in price over the past few years? Yes! Does that mean you shouldn’t consider repair? No! Compare accurately, have a professional evaluate your TV and determine what it will cost to repair it. Lastly, and more than likely an obvious consideration, Do I have the extra money to purchase a new TV vs. saving hundreds by having it repaired.