Fixing a malfunctioning television instead of throwing it away and buying a new one can save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. TV repair professionals work on plasma, LCD, LED, OLED, HD, HDR and a range of other screen types. These pros have the tools, training and experience to resolve most TV-related problems. As TV screens have gotten bigger and technology more advanced, TV repair requires a lot more technical knowledge than it used to.
Most TVs can be repaired, regardless of how new or how outdated the TV technology is. According to Mark Guarino of Commercial Service Co. in Webster, New York, the harder TVs to repair are some of the older plasma TVs built from 2004–2009, including projection TVs, digital light processing (DLP) TVs, LED TVs (particularly when the LED lights go bad) and LCD TVs. LCDs are the most common TV type that needs repairs. Most TV repair pros offer pickup and delivery service if a TV is too large or unwieldy to transport. Several factors affect the cost of hiring a TV repair professional.
Common problems and repairs
A variety of issues can arise with a TV, but most can be resolved relatively easily by professional TV techs. The most common TV repairs that Commercial Service Co. encounters include these:
Power problems (the TV doesn’t turn on or stay on)
- Screen problems (sound but no picture on the screen, for example)
Commercial Service Co. charges $175–$200 for these standard TV repairs. Here are a few specific repair cases with cost examples:
65-inch Sony DLP TV
Total repair cost: $275, including parts and labor
Removed old light engine and bulb and installed new
- This repair cost higher than most, but the customer really wanted to preserve the TV.
42-inch Sanyo Plasma TV
Total repair cost: $200, including parts and labor
- Multiple circuit boards had gone bad in the TV. Depending on how many parts stop functioning, a repair technician can sometimes save the circuit boards, Guarino says. However, if too many parts are bad, it will require purchasing new or refurbished circuit boards to properly repair the TV. In this case, Commercial Service Co. bought a new Y-SUS sustain buffer board and an X main board to complete the repair.
55-inch Samsung LCD TV
Total project cost: $150, including parts and labor
- The LCD was experiencing intermittent problems powering up and suddenly powering off. Commercial Service Co. first checked the power supply for bad parts and found it to be working properly. The service tech next checked the main circuit board and discovered that was the problem board. The pro made the repair and saved the customer from purchasing a new LCD TV.
Pickup and delivery
TV repair companies often provide pickup and delivery service to customers for a set fee. The fee covers the cost of employee labor, transportation and overhead for coordinating. For example, Commercial Service Co. charges $40 for pickup and delivery, but 80 percent of the company’s customers bring in their TVs for repair.