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windexcowboy
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TVs.
Do people still repair TVs? and is it worth doing? I came home today to find my Samsung HDTV had bit the dust, despite being well taken care of, plugged into a UPS and all of that..

When trying to get it to start, it clicks a few times and there is a moment of sound but it is never able to successfully activate the picture tube. After trying unsuccessfully to start, it clicks off. Fully removing it from power and plugging it back in hasn't done anything.

In any case, the TV is out of warranty, but it wasn't a really cheap TV when I brought it in 2002, ao I'm disinclined to replace it. It's a 27 in. flat CRT HDTV with two component inputs and a slew of regular composite inputs on the back, and I'm using all of them, so I imagine it won't be cheap to replace if I were to buy new.

Worth getting repaired? How much can I expect to spend?

Keep in mind that me looking at it myself is completely out of the question.. I deal in software, folks. Design an enterprise identity management system? Configure some servers? No problem.. but, my legally-blind self isn’t about to start poking around inside a TV with all of its capacitors and what not.. :)
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periol From: periol Date: May 30th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)
i don't know your definition of cheap, but there are still television repair operations out there - it's just rarely worth it. my guess would be $200 for the repair job, but it could be more if you have to pay for shipping for it to go somewhere.
From: agent179 Date: May 30th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
There's a TV repair place on Kings Rd. I think. Down closer to the train station. So you may not have to ship it somewhere.
mrfantasy From: mrfantasy Date: May 30th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah

They're a Sony shop by what they sell but I bet they repair all sorts of stuff. Of course the thing's like 100 pounds so you'll have to figure out how to get it there. But you got it up the stairs once, I suppose.
mrfantasy From: mrfantasy Date: May 30th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yeah

Or you can figure out some way to swap it out with your co-worker's nearly identical TV and then they'll just think it got broken during the move . . .
mrfantasy From: mrfantasy Date: May 30th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Replacing

Best Buy is selling what I assume is the descendant of your TV for about $560.

So if it's going to cost more than about 2/3 of that to repair, it's probably worth replacing.

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