You need the upgrade kit - make Sears come out and order it for you - they know all about it, claim that the monitor should have been recalled. Mine was out of warranty, however I convinced them to fix the TV.
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If your TV is the 42EP24S model, get the TV-3940-01 repair kit if you can. If you cannot get that kit, get the 6871VSNB03E kit. Rich-Tech has it for $198. Unfortunately Rich-Tech's kit does not include the EEPROM so how long the repair will last is unknown.
Had the same problem. Purchased Haier 42" model 42EP24S from Sears and it broke in 1 1/2 years. Couldn't find anyone to fix it so I ordered part Service Kit: TV-3940-01 from www.searspartsdirect.com the cost was $150.00. If your warranty is up and you're okay with doing your own work. :-)
Replaced 3 boards (instruction included) and my tv is back in action.
Mine is a Haier 42in Plasma and the same thing just happened 12/31/07 - almost 2yrs old to the day. Picture went black in the middle of a movie. Sound works. There is power, remote will seem to turn on/off but screen remains black. What are standard repair costs that can be expected? I will call the 877 number tomorrow and will update with what I find out.
My experience with a Haier Plasma 42EP24S is that they have weak software chip that goes bad and can cause a number of symptoms from picture with no sound, will not recognize video inputs, or my current problem tv turns on and off irratically. This is the second time i have replace this chip, which is the socketed chip on the vga/component/dvi input circuit card. Last time i had this problem i ended up fixing it myself because sears took over 3 weeks and still could not figure out the problem. I am working on obtaining this chip, probally get about a dozen so if anyone thinks this may fix there problem as well i my have some for sale. firstname.lastname@example.org of Malobicky Digital Systems.