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.
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.
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.
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.
By: RT Cunningham
January 9, 2018
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