TV Repairs – What You Need to Know Before You Call the Repairman!

- by Becky Hall
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The last thing you need when you sit down in front of your TV after a long, hard day is technical problems. But they happen to the best of us and can cost a fortune to fix. Unless, of course, you have inside knowledge of where the common problems are and how to fix them easily. Below you can find the best advice on DIY TV repairs.

If you still have a cathode ray tube (CRT) TV, and you don’t want to replace it just yet, you can find tips on how to fix common problems too.

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TV repairs – Cathode ray tube

Always be careful. We don’t recommend that anyone should dismantle a CRT TV and attempt any internal repairs. Cathode Ray Tube TVs have capacitors which retain electrical charge even after they are unplugged which can cause electrical shocks. You should never dismantle a CRT TV. Always call in an expert if any internal repairs are required.

Is a cathode ray tube TV worth mending or is it time to move on and buy a modern replacement. These are the questions you might be asking if you own an old-fashioned TV set. So, the first thing to look at is what could be wrong and whether you can fix it easily and without having to dismantle it.

TV screen repairs – Flat screen TVs

Always be careful. Just like old CRT TVs, we don’t recommend that anyone attempts any internal repairs on a flat screen TV. Flat screen TVs often contain capacitors, which can cause electrical shocks even after they are unplugged, and sometimes contain dangerous chemicals. Always call an engineer if any internal repairs are required on a flat screen TV.

Flat screen TVs have one of three types of screen. There are LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), LED (Light Emitting Diode) and PDP (Plasma Display Panel) screens. All of the screen types can have problems although modern TVs do not have as many problems as the old CRT TVs.

Below you will find a list of common problems that can occur with modern TVs and some tips on how to fix them.

Problems with digital TV reception

There are also some problems associated with digital TV reception. You can resolve these problems by checking that connections are secure, that the SCART lead is properly connected and that the aerial is pointing in the right direction.

Satellite TV reception often suffers when the weather is bad. The worst weather is heavy rain or snow. In this case, then it is just a question of sitting it out and waiting for the weather to get better.

If digital cable TV signal is poor, try following the steps below to fix it…

  1. Switch off your TV or digital box at the mains, check all the cables at the back of the TV are plugged in properly and then turn everything back on.

  2. Check that your aerial is connected and pointing in the best direction.

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Should I pay for TV repairs, or should I replace?

When your flat screen TV runs out of warranty and it has a fault most engineers will suggest replacing it. TV repairs for a cracked screen should only cost a couple of hundred pounds. But, with prices for new TVs getting lower every year it’s probably better to just buy a new TV.

There is always the option of buying a second-hand flat screen TV. But, unless the seller is offering any warranty e.g. at least three months, you will be taking a risk that the TV could break down.

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TV repairs near me

When looking for a repairman to fix your broken TV you want to find someone local, because if you are not happy with the repair, it will be easier for them to return. Also, if you find someone local, the repair is likely to take place quicker. Looking for TV repairs near you? The best way to find a technician near you is by a personal recommendation. Ask friends or neighbours, or post on local email/Facebook/Whatsapp groups. You can also find a technician near you by looking in the local newspaper or advertiser. Many local reputable repair companies advertise their services in the papers.

You can also search online, but you might be required to complete a form on a website to explain the problem. Alternatively, you can try the old-fashioned way search through your local phonebook (or use the online yellow pages) for a technician that is close by. Make sure to get an estimate quote from each one and compare them. Also, ask about any call out charges and fees for parts.

How much does a new TV cost?

A new flat screen TV from a low-cost retailer costs around £129. So, unless your TV was very expensive and is very large, it is probably not worth repairing.

A reputable TV engineer will be able to advise you whether or not you need to replace your TV. Don’t attempt DIY repairs unless you have received training. Like all electrical appliances, TVs can cause electric shocks so do not mess with these powerful machines.

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About The Author
Becky Hall
Becky transitioned from accounting to financial blogging unexpectedly after earning a first-class degree in Business and Accounting. Initially a freelance bookkeeper, Becky’s exposure to frequent cash flow issues among clients sparked her interest in financial education.
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