This is a very common question we get all the time here at Walts TV. There is no simple answer to this question. First make sure your TV is actually broken before you throw it away or start the service process. Nearly half of all the Service calls we run, we determine that there is nothing wrong with the tv. And considering that this is after we tell the customers to check a few things like is it plugged in? and since only 18% of people with a tv problem even attempt to start the service process. Well you get the idea, there are a lot of people throwing away perfectly good working tvs. Here is a guide I use to answer this question.
You should consider fixing your tv if:
- It has sentimental value.
- It fits your decor.
- You have a hard time learning new technology.
- The replacement cost is more then double what it might cost to fix.
- You are patient and can wait weeks if need be to get complete the process.
You should not consider fixing
- You need it fixed right now and expect the repair to last.
- You only want to spend a little to fix it.
The first thing to understand is that the TV repair industry is broke. That is broke as in broken and broke as in no money. It is in a negative feedback loop and has been for nearly 15 years now. Of course this does not mean you should not consider fixing your tv. But you should know that most repair shops that are left are taking many short cuts and have questionable business practices. In fact this is so prevelant that the legitimate repair shops look expensive and incompetent at best.