Spending a ton of money on a new TV is the norm these days. Unfortunately televisions are not made like they used to be. Flat panel LCD, LED and Plasma TVs are very fragile. The picture area can be cracked by even light objects hitting the TV.
Once the picture is cracked there is no way to repair it. It needs to be replaced. TV manufacturers purchase LCD, LED and Plasma screens in large quanities and get a great price. When your local repair shop has to purchase a single replacement unit, you will often find it is as expensive if not more expensive then a new TV (if its even avaliable) when you factor in the labor costs. Usually you are better off replacing the TV with a brand new set the next time a good sale comes up then have it repaired.
You would think the TV's warranty or extended warranty you purchased would cover a cracked screen. Alas.. they don't. Every warranty I have ever read does not cover accidental damage. As soon as the repair person sees the screen is cracked, they will tell you the warranty does not cover it and you are out of luck.
While there isn't much hope for repairing your current TV, you can take some simple steps to protect your new TV from damage.
1. Mount the TV on the wall. Its a lot harder for little kids to hit the TV or throw something at the TV when it is mounted on the wall vs sitting on a stand.
2. Explain to the family how fragile the TV is. While this might seem obvious.. kids do know things until they are taught.
3. Wear the wrist strap while playing video games as recommended!
4. Pickup a tv screen protector
from a company like TV Armor
. They are designed to provide impact protection for the TV without affecting the picture.
Following these simple steps can keep you enjoying your new TV for many years to come even if you do have a budding baseball player at home.