RT Cunningham


Inexpensive LCD TV Repair at My Home in Olongapo City

LCD TV I bought our 42-inch LCD TV sometime in late 2010 or early 2011. About a month ago, it refused to turn on. I wanted to blame one of our many brownouts but it was probably caused by more than one thing.

I don’t like discarding electronic devices, whether I’m talking about televisions or computers. It’s almost always cheaper to repair them than it is to replace them.

How Long should an LCD TV Last?

Since I didn’t look it up when I bought the TV, I don’t know what the MTBF is for this model. It’s an LG 42-inch LCD TV and that’s all I really know about it.

It’s at least seven years old, which is amazing in itself. Most of the previous televisions I owned didn’t last longer than five years. I think I owned one LCD TV before this one. That one was small, less than 24 inches, but I don’t remember the exact size. If I’m not mistaken, it’s in the bedroom my daughter-in-law is temporarily occupying.

All of the televisions we owned before our first LCD TV in the Philippines were CRT. My younger son, Jon, used a cheap CRT TV for his Playstation 2 while he was still living here. I don’t even remember what happened to it after it died. Surprisingly, it lasted seven years. Unlike my more expensive 42-inch LCD TV, it wasn’t worth reviving.

The Cost of the LCD TV Repair

It cost me 1,400 pesos today, which is less than $30 USD based on today’s foreign currency exchange rates. The repair job took place in my living room.

I didn’t set this up. My wife, Josie, and a sister-in-law’s husband, Alex, took care of it. The only thing I had to do was pay for it. I’m sure it would have cost more if they took it to their shop. I know it would have cost more if I was living in the United States.

I watched the repair guy do his thing. It was all very familiar. He had to replace solder and repair a corroded jumper. I used to do the same thing on power supply boards many, many years ago. The jumper was to blame but an after-brownout power surge probably finished it off.

I had it plugged into an automatic voltage regular (AVR) until about a month before it wouldn’t turn on because the AVR had burned out. I completely forgot to replace it. Would it have mattered? Probably not, but I may have gotten a few more months out of it before needing a repair job.

Was Repairing the LCD TV Worth the Cost?

I think so. I remember paying 38,000 pesos for it, which was just under $850 USD based on a lower exchange rate back then. I payed 18,000 pesos for my mother-in-law’s smaller LCD TV not long after that. Her TV is still working.

Let’s see. Should I have spend $40 to fix it or hundreds to replace it? I think fixing it was a no-brainer. If I ever buy another widescreen TV, it will be an upgrade.

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By RT Cunningham
January 9, 2018