Question about Flat Panel Televisions
I was given a brand new 50 inch Panasonic plasama television due to a small crack @2 inches on the front glass. Is this television fixable or should I ge rid of it. Remember it was free so if a repair is possible I will still be ahead.
If the tv turn on this will tell you that the plasma panel itself is ok. if it is ok then the fron glass is replacable. this is just a standard piece of glass so i really wouldnt spend tons of money hiring someone else to order one and install it.
Posted on Nov 07, 2007
On PLASMA TVs, there is usually a plastic filter in the front and glass mounted on the PLASMA PDP Module (panel).
If it is the plastic filter that is cracked, you should fix it. The filter is usually anywhere from $100-$400 depending on the manufacture and model. You could replace this with a generic piece of plastic custom made to the right dimensions for less but it will not correctly filter the picture. You will notice that the colors might not be right or excessive glare bouncing off the glass panel behind it. It does take very long to replace the filter (at least 1 hour for 2 experienced technicians from first screw out to last screw in for a 50" Panasonic PLASMA). You would need to take the whole TV apart along with the brackets and the Panel in order to get to this part.
If the glass on the panel is cracked directly behind the filter, it would be a very expensive repair. It actually takes slightly less time to replace the panel but the cost for the panels for a 50" usually range from $500-$2500 depending on make and model. You would be better off in this case just to buy a new TV.
Posted on Oct 06, 2009
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