LED / LCD TV Repair – Is It Worth It?

LED & LCD TV Repair

LED and LCD TV Repair is it worth it? For a lot of people who are using LED or LCD TVs, there is a real fear about breaking. Anyone who has owned an expensive and high quality piece of technology knows that there is a good chance a break means it cannot be repaired. However, this “common” knowledge is actually an assumption that isn’t rooted in much fact. With the right professional, it is possible to get your television working again without any problems. More importantly, you can do so without having to worry whether or not you have to buy a fully new TV!

If your TV panel is still in one piece, meaning a brick hasn’t gone through the screen there is a good chance it can be repaired! A lot of common issues such as power, audio, HDMI can be fixed.

Starting with Diagnostics

The most important part of any LED TV repair is to figure out what is wrong with the product in the first place. Imagine a scenario where your television suddenly stops working and you think it is broken and thus throw it out. In some cases, a LED or LCD TV repair job means looking at the software and seeing whether there is a quick fix.

The process of diagnosing a repair job for the television is going to require a specialist even if you know what you are doing. Sometimes you can use different power switches, cables, and other external devices to see whether you have a faulty problem that you can fix. In some cases, you might find that it is just an old HDMI cable you need to replace!

However, sometimes it is more likely that you need the help of a professional to diagnose the issue. Some places offer a free diagnostic of the LED TV so that you can learn for free what the problem is. Then you can choose to have them fix it or another reputable provider.

LED TV Repair – What’s the Risk?

There are some people who claim to have expertise in a certain field, but actually do not have many credentials. You want to make sure that you find a professional for LED TV repair so that you don’t end up with an even worse television or being wrongly told that you cannot fix it. There is a risk of finding a poor quality LCD TV repair person so make sure that you are able to find someone who knows what they are talking about.

One great way to get excellent LED TV repair is to make sure you call in advance and speak to someone on the phone. You can discuss their credentials or, in some cases, even visit the location to find out whether they have any good knowledge of the subject. Sometimes local cities and organizations will offer awards to companies that show particularly good service and support for these type of electronics.

Next Steps if You Have a Broken TV

If you can’t figure out what is wrong with your television or you just want to get the opinion from an expert, it’s a good idea to start looking for local shops that can help you. Even if you have to travel a bit to find a good quality LCD TV repair person, you’ll welcome it in the end when you are at home with a fixed television that is as good as new.

Follow through with the diagnostic and repair tips we have provided and there is a good chance you will come out with a working television even if you thought you would have to throw it all away and get a new one.

Please Note – We kindly ask that you don’t contact us If your TV is damaged. We are not in the business of repairing TV’s and this post is for informational purposes only. 

Repair Sharks does not repair TV’s. TV inquiries will most likely not be responded to. We are sorry for the inconvenience. 

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81 thoughts on “LED / LCD TV Repair – Is It Worth It?

  1. Kyle O'Ren says:

    Running diagnostics on the tv is so important! I had my tv go out on me a few months ago and I thought it was a lost cause. I called a local repair shop and they talked me through a few things to check. Turns out it was just a broken power cable which cost me $15 to replace!

  2. Sarah Smith says:

    My TV broke and no longer turn on. Thanks for the advice about how a professional can fix the problem in the software. I’ll have to make sure that I find someone who is certified to work on LCD TVs. Hopefully, the company I find also does warranties so that I can know my computer is protected.

    • admin says:

      Sounds like one of your boards is bad. Pricing depends on what is wrong with the TV. We can look at it first to determine which component on the LED or LCD TV is bad and replace specific components or the necessary boards. This also depends on availability of parts for your particular model. Most mainstream models such as Samsung, LG, and Sony have parts available for most of their models. Feel free to call us. We can disassemble the TV, and test each board, then provide an accurate quote for you. Our Great Neck office phone is 516-499-6892. Thanks! Repair Sharks

      • joey vega says:

        Im having the same issue, my screen is black i get audio but if i put a light up to it i can see a faint picture about how much would this repair cost?

        • admin says:

          Possible you blew out your backlight. If it is the bulbs then it is usually on the expensive side of repair work due to having to remove the panel.

  3. Gagan Sandhu says:

    When the LCD TV gets old as the year passes, then it starts showing blurred images or your TV screen has wedged pixel, moreover, it might not even show anything sometimes. Facing these problems might lead you to make up your mind to exchange your LCD TV and take a new TV which consists of repairing system of the LCD screen. It is not an easy option to take a new TV when there may be any damage with TV. However purchasing a new LCD TV of the same model which you are currently using would not be same as if you would have bought it a year ago, still visiting a repair shop for LCD Screens is still a very useful option that you may get. It does not cost too much if you choose the option of repair for the LCD Screen.

  4. Lisa says:

    My Samsung TV (LED Energy) is about six years old and it appears few block of lines on the top and bottom. Worth to fix it or get a new TV?

    • admin says:

      Hello Lisa, it depends. It could be the panel itself is failing or one of the boards. If the panel is bad it would be recommended to replace the LED TV. If it took any type of shock damage the panel itself may be going bad.

  5. Mick says:

    Samsung tv model LE46M878DXIXEU Has a problem that it switches its self on and off, reading on the internet, its a common fault, can it be fixed, if so is it as cost effective way to go ?
    Thanks Mick

  6. Vanessa says:

    My TV won’t turn on. It’s a Sony and 1.5 years old. It’ll initially turn on and then off after 30 seconds and the red light blinks 6 times. Won’t turn on again. Is it worth repairing?

    • admin says:

      It could be worth repairing, depends on what’s causing the issue. If its one of the internal boards then yes it is worth repairing, if it is the LCD panel or bad backlights it may not be worth it. Feel free to call us to discuss 516-499-6892 350 Northern Blvd Great Neck, NY. Sincerely, Repair Sharks

  7. Aurora says:

    I have a 65″ lcd. My son threw a metal small car and only the color looks like it’s shattered not the screen itself. I moved the TV to another part of my living room and the color shattering got worse. Is it worth fixing or even getting an estimate

    • admin says:

      Not likely worth the cost of repairing unfortunately. If the panel itself has physical damage then the panel itself would need to be replaced. The cost of this type of repair usually outweighs the cost of buying replacement. Sincerely, Repair Sharks

  8. Wendi says:

    I have a large screen lcd television which was hit with a heavy object. There is no damage to the outside structure but when you turn the tv on, the entire left side of the screen is black. Worth trying to repair?

    • admin says:

      Unfortunately it sounds like you damaged the LCD panel itself. This would not generally be worth repairing due to the cost of the panel and service. Sincerely, Repair Sharks

  9. Tony G says:


    My 6 yr old Phillips LED believe was damaged during a storm. It was hooked to an older power surge. It clicks like it wants to turn on but just clicks. Would it be worth repairing?

  10. Barbara Hill says:

    I have a Sam Sung 44 in Smart TV bought in 2014m Model # UN4645203AF. No sound – No picture.
    I have checked all connections. Any suggestions for what is the problem?

    • admin says:

      Could be a bad board. It’s hard to tell exactly what without looking at it but it does sound like that may be the culprit.

    • admin says:

      Replacing the LCD is generally not cost effective. The price of replacing an actual LCD Panel inside the TV is usually more expensive than buying a replacement unfortunately.

  11. Brajesh Mishra says:

    I have Sony KDL – 70R550A 4 year old lad tv.. There is no physical damage BUT, one day while watching, left half screen went dark and the right half screen showed the picture. I tried to bang the tv gently on top left (per a YouTube video), the full picture came back but only for a week. Now, 3/4th screen is dark and picture is on 1/4th screen.
    Is it repairable for a reasonable service charge? Thanks!

    • admin says:

      This could be a bad panel or a bad board. If the panel itself is bad then usually not worth repairing but if it is a bad board then yes it is worth fixing.

  12. Vishal says:

    My Samsung lcd has lines on entire screen, when turned off and on again the lines disappears for only few minutes and again the same issue, lines on entire screen, please suggest is it worth repair.

  13. Judy says:

    Our two yr old Samsung 60 inch TV has suddenly gotten darker the top of the screen. Sometimes it will clear up. Started in December. Then it was fine for a few weeks. And now doing it again. Is it fixable?

    • admin says:

      Interesting, could be a bad board or bad back light behind the LCD. The back light bulbs can and do burn out. This is a big repair if this is the case since the LCD panel itself generally needs to be disassembled.

  14. Ron says:

    Have a 47lv5500 , black screen no sound is it worth replacing board don’t know which one is bad think it’s only 4 to 5 years old

  15. Franz says:

    Old LG LCD TV. The image is slow. Like leaving a ghost image behind, alsmost still watchable if not an action scene. Als a little dark. Can this be repaired, and what would be the culprit? And would you know the cost of the part and the repair?

  16. Will says:

    I’m wondering where to buy lcd screens. I have this lg ultrawide 34 inch with a damaged screen. Looking to repair myself. “Sucker for punishment” any guidance will be appreciated. Thank you.

    • admin says:

      Wish we could help but finding replacement panels is very difficult and expensive. Cheaper to replace the TV in most cases.

  17. Michael Minix says:

    I have a 65 inch Samsung LED smart tv it seem to have a crack on the screen thats blacking majority of the picture out. Can it be fix and how much you think

  18. Jacqueline says:

    I have a 15 year old 40″ Sony Bravia LCD TV (paid $4,300 at a Circuit City store). It had the best resolution I’ve ever seen. When I turn it on the picture is fine for a few minutes- and then it’s totally wavy, impossible to view. I used the TV constantly for 10 years until the picture went bad. I thought the problem could be my signal, but 2 different cable guys thought the TV had just gotten old and needed to be replaced- I replaced it with a Samsung but the picture on that old SONY was so good that I stored it. Any chance it could be repaired (parts replaced) with a $1,000 budget? (It would be worth it to me.) PS It was never dropped or abused. Thank you so much.

    • admin says:

      I’m familiar with some of those old Bravia’s. Their quality was very good back then. Problem with such an old TV is finding components. It could either be a loose ribbon cable connection or the panel itself may be going and not worth replacing.

  19. Redan says:

    My philips LED tv got hit by a ball and the place where ball hit become darker or low light.cab this be repaired?

    • admin says:

      Not worth it in our opinion. Better off purchasing another TV. If you have physical damage it’s generally not worth the panel replacement cost.

  20. Troy says:

    I have a Samsung LED 60 in Smart TV 3D vertical lines just appeared today from top to bottom they always stay on the TV is a little over 5 years old can it be fixed and is it worth it

  21. charles rosander says:

    my 50 inch led tv , blinks off for a second and then back on, and repeats all over again all the time

  22. Anna says:

    My son hit my tv with something hard and made the middle of my tv. And now it has black lines the middle of the tv. Could it be repair?

  23. Ellie B says:

    Hi. I have a Samsung 2010 55 inch LED. The screen will not turn on and the red corner light blinks and it makes a clicking noise. It’s most likely not the capacitors (they were replaced). Is it worth it to try putting a new board in? Cost would be about $350. Thoughts on replacing the board and how much life it might still have left?

    • admin says:

      This actually does sound like your power supply. The capacitors are on the Power Supply but other components may have failed. Pick up a PS and and try to replace it if you are handy. Just be careful, very high voltage on those. Let them discharge for a while to be safe. There are videos on youtube if you need instructions on replacing and testing.

  24. Colin says:

    Hey my luxor tv just went pop and a white flash came from top of tv then a little white smoke. Is it worth getting fixed?

    • admin says:

      Sounds like you blew a cap. Give us a call for more information it may need a new board or cap replacement.

  25. Steve B. says:

    Hi, I’ve got an LG LED TV (Model: 55LN5710) that 4 years old and still has splendid picture and sound; however, after a few hours of playing, if I pick up and change channel or, even more frequently, adjust the volume, the TV will turn on and off and eventually stay on. MORE OFTEN when I went to change input, it would do the same. Is there an easy cure. I am disabled and on fixed income… I no longer have nor remember how to use a multimeter (been years) but if a component needs to be replaced, I’ve no doubt I could do it myself. I’m sure that it would cost a lot less then seeing a repair man in most instances. Please help!!!

    • admin says:

      First I’d say to check the caps on the power supply. It could be one of the board chips going getting flaky. There are some good youtube TV repair videos that show how to test.

  26. Terry Layton says:

    I have a 3 year old Samsung Smart TV 55in was told the backlighting needs replaced.

  27. Ted Meyerhoff says:

    I have a samsung 46″ led smart tv. On one side you can see white lights.. looks like flashlight beams. On the other upper corner there is a dark shadow. Everything work fine but this. When wat hinges a movie it’s really not noticeable but I would like to have it repaired before it gets worse.

  28. Sandy says:

    My toshiba was working great one night picture clear as can be but in the morning turn it on I got sound but the screen is black. Can it be repair some one said it might be the back light? It a led tV.

    • admin says:

      It could be a backlight. If it is that is generally on the more expensive side for repairs. The entire TV usually needs to be disassembled to reach the backlight bulbs.

  29. Dave says:

    My Sharp LCD tv picture turns off an on randomly the sound stays perfect, then eventually the set just turns off. . The OPC also keeps wanting to change. I reset (init) via the service tech menu still no change. Is this a power supply issue or board?

    • admin says:

      Sounds like a possible power supply. You could check voltages with a multi-meter if you feel comfortable. Use caution as there could be high voltage lingering in the components. There are some good instruction videos on youtube.

  30. Dave says:

    Any sense in repairing a 2009 SONY KDL-32L5000. Or just buy a new TV for $329 or less ? Picture has vertical stripes over the TV video image.

    • admin says:

      It’s hard to say, you definitely get what you pay for. My friend just bought a 55″ for 1700.00 I’ve seen them as cheap as $400. What is the real difference though? Picture quality, if you compare low end screens to high end screens the LCD/LCD Panel quality is what drives much of the cost. For a 32″ $329 seems fair. I’ve seen them as cheap as $100.00. Look for the best picture quality for your budget. The only way to tell usually is to go see a display model.

  31. Rick says:

    Hello, my 5 year old Sony 70″ LCD TV has one solid horizontal black line across the middle of the screen. Is it worth getting fixed? Any ideas what could be causing this?

  32. Monique says:

    I have a 55″ with a cracked screen. It still powers on half the acreen is blacked out and the other half is somewhat lit. Is it worth repairing or replacing?

    • admin says:

      Hello Monique, it would probably be the most cost efficient for you to replace the TV. Repairing a broken panel can be very expensive and is usually recommended to replace the TV.

  33. Emery Jean Chambers says:

    It was really nice to be informed that because different tools are required to truly figure out what is wrong with the television, it is best to leave it to the professionals. If that is the case, then I will start looking for an appliance repairman to help me out. The TV has been acting strange lately, and I do not think it’s the cable. Since I have no tools to find out the problem, I’ll seek help.

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