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Is it worth repairing the tv?

Discussion in 'Gator Bytes' started by VAg8r1, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. VAg8r1

    VAg8r1 GC Hall of Fame

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    7-year old Sony flat screen tv. Can it be repaired and if so would it be worth the cost? When the tv is first turned on one half of the screen is dark (no totally but not as bright as it should be) and flickers. After the tv has been on for 30 to 45 minutes the picture is normal and stays that way. Is the tv repairable and would it be worth it, especially considering that it can be replaced with a new 4k smart tv for less than $500.
     
  2. LakeGator

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    My totally off the wall guess is that the television is ready to go off to appliance heaven or that other place. I suspect any service charge would come to a significant fraction of the replacement cost and, quite possibly, exceed the replacement cost. A new set will have some better features that you might find nice.
     
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  3. demosthenes

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    Highly unlikely.

    If you have a size you’re looking for and budget I may be able to suggest a few good models.
     
  4. danmann65

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    That tv should be moved to a secondary location. Buy the best tv you can find for under 500 dollars and dont worry about it for the next 5 or so years.
     
  5. VAg8r1

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    Think about buying a new one and giving the old one to my son. He has an old CRT tv so even having to tolerate the bad picture for 45 minutes would be an upgrade for him.
     
  6. danmann65

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    Perfect solution. I have a 4 year old sony semismart 1080 tv its 50 inches. I bought it from Amazon on one if their megasales days for about 350. It will do me fine for another year and a half or so.
     
  7. demosthenes

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    Curious advice unless you know your audience. I don’t know what size TV he’s looking to buy. Also, many would never “suffer” with the image quality found on a set at that price point. But, without casting judgement against the uncaring or persnickety, everyone has different priorities and viewing quality thresholds.

    For my own personal preferences I wouldn’t consider anything below the 2018 TCL 6 Series. 55”/65” $650/$1000
     
  8. MtownGator

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    Put that tv to pasture. Everything's so cheap today I don't even worry with extended warranties.
    My parents had a TV do almost the same. They moved it to the whatever room in their compound and just leave it on. Said something about the dogs like to watch it BS.
     
  9. danmann65

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    When I was 21 someone told me to buy the best tv I could find for under 500 dollars. At the time that was a 19 inch tv. I have always followed that deal(30 odd years or so) and it has never failed me.
     
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  10. demosthenes

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    If you do buy a warranty you can get a good price on a warranty sold by Costco even if you don’t but the tv there.