Repairing a Samsung TV
November 22, 2012 6:42 PM Subscribe
I have a broken Samsung TV and want to know if there is a cheap way to fix it or creative way to use it.
posted by jamincan to Technology (8 answers total)
My parents' 32" Samsung 720p LED TV recently stopped working. Despite receiving power, it failed to power on. The LED light which would normally show that it is in standby mode wouldn't even come on.
They took it to a repair place which examined it and determined that both the logic and power boards would need to be replaced in the TV. This would cost more than replacing the TV with a brand new one, so they decided not to take that avenue.
It seems a shame to throw away something like this, and so I wonder if anyone can provide some advice on how I might approach fixing this myself. Or, something creative I can do with the old tv (which presumably has a perfectly functional screen in it).
I'm not particularly convinced that both the power and logic boards need to be replaced despite what the repair place said. I had hoped that it was an issue with a capacitor and I could simply replace that one part myself for very cheap (apparently the case with some other Samsung TVs), though I didn't see any obvious problem with any of the capacitors on the power board. I would spend the money to replace the power board (about $80 or so) if I was reasonably sure that was all that needed to be done; however, I'm not really sure how I would approach determining whether the repair people are right and that the logic board also needs to be replaced.
The model number is UN32C4000.