How Much Does LCD TV Repair Cost?
Some of the most common problems that come along with a LCD TV include sound problems, screen issues and damage. While many LCD televisions can cost more than $2,000, many find that it is cheaper to purchase a newer one rather than get it repaired. When looking to get a LCD TV repaired, there are many factors to consider such as the brand, the size, the features, the damage that was done and where you plan on getting it repaired.
How much is it?
- On average, many repair shops will be able to diagnose your problem for free to as much as $125. During this consultation, the technician will be able to pinpoint the problem and let you know what the exact problem is going to be. They will also recommend if it is ideal to just purchase a newer TV rather than repair the one you have now.
- A technician that comes to your home may cost anywhere from $75 to $200 for the in-home visit. Just as if you brought the TV to their office, the tech will be able to diagnose the problem and sometimes even be able to fix the problem right on the spot.
- Common problems such as a black light replacement can cost anywhere from $80 to $250. If the entire screen failed or has become damaged, most of the time it will cost more to repair than the entire TV itself.
- According to MSNBC.com, average LCD TV repairs are around the $500 mark. Most major manufactures will have a limited warranty that comes included with your purchase. These purchases generally do not last any longer than 2 to 3 years. While many retailers such as SquareTrade offer extended warranties, you are going to want to compare the retail price with the repair price.
What are the extra costs?
- Technicians that have to come to your home are going to charge more than if you take the TV to their store.
- Parts and an other additional materials will be additional on top of the consultation and labor fees.
- Specific warranties may come equipped with a deductible. If this is this case, you may be responsible for shipping and/or a deductible.
What is going to be included?
- During a repair, a professional is going to be able to pinpoint the exact problem. As mentioned above, the most common problems generally come with the screen. Whether a single pixel is out or the back light has gone bad, the tech will be able to give a good ballpark price, as well as recommend if it is worth repairing or not.
- If you choose to take the route of repair, most reputable tech companies will guarantee their work for more than 90 days.
How can I save money?
- If you choose not to repair your TV, consider selling it for parts online through services such as eBay. You will be surprised at what you can get for parts alone.
- If the repair costs are 50% or more of the retail price, it may be best to sell it for parts and purchase a newer one.
- Try searching repair tips online. By searching your problem, there may be simple tips that you can try at home. If you are already thinking about purchasing a new one, it doesn’t hurt to play around with some things.