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Need to know if its worth the repair

I have a 2-3 yr old 50" Hitachi rear projection HDTV. About 3 weeks agao, it just stopped working. I would press the power button, the red power light would come on and the tv made the sound it makes when you turen the tv on. Then, before anything comes on the screen, it clicks and turns off. I've tried switching plug-ins, etc. Had a guy come out to diagnose it (for $210!!!!) and he cmae to the conclusion that the circuit board needs to be replaced. This is going to cost apps $350 for parts and $400 for labor! Oh, but they will put my original $210 towards the cost, thanks. I just want to know if it is a good enough tv to repair, or should I just buy a new one??

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Hello bmidthun,

So in all they are charging you $750.00 for the repair, which is not a bad price, for the repair of a projection TV, however the coast could be lowered if you find a shop that is willing to repair the board instead of replacing the board. What I am trying to say is that the TV shop is not trying to rip you off, they are covering the cost of the board with shipping and handling, and the labor of removing the boards and reinstalling the board. However if you find a shop that will repair the board it will cost less,now for the issue with taking that route.

If you decide to have the board repaired, prepare to have the technician come in take the needed measurements, test components on the board, take the board, go back to the shop replace the components, come back retest the borad in the TV. If you are fortunate he'll get it right on the first go round, if not he will have to retest and take the board back to the shop, most TV techs get it right on the second go round.

Now for the costs (this is based on my charges for such work:

10.00 - Estimate
65.00 - Schematic fee
375.00 - 75.00 Labor per hour (2 hour min) (Standard Time 5 hours)
25.00 - Parts + 50.00 shipping and handling
Total cost of $475.00 for the repair of the board.

The question is do you want the incoveience of having the tech make two to three vistis to your house to repair the board, or do you want the technician to make one repair visit and just replace the board? It is up to you the cost of time or the cost of currency.

In any event the cheapest solution is to have the board repaired but you give up time (the time it takes for the technician to diagnose the components on the board).
The more costly is to have the technician replace the board, but the technician will only have to be there once.

I hope this helps,

Thank you,


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Well, I don't know how much you originally paid for it but generally it is worth the repair and these tvs usually last quite a while and big things cost a lot to fix and if you already have $210 towards the repair, then I would do it. Sounds reasonable enough what they are charging if they are coming to your house to repair it.

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