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Re: hitachi 60v500a
You have a defective light engine and here is what you need to do...we just went through this. Call Hitachi's customer relations department at 800-654-7013. Tell them what your set is doing and that you have a bad light engine. They will act like they've never heard of this but they have. They will give you the names of some certified Hitachi dealers in your area to call. Call the dealer and once they send a tech out that confirms the problem, takes less than one minute, call Hitachi's customer relations back and tell them you had a tech come out. All of a sudden, they will know about the problem...imagine that! Hitachi will call the dealer directly and once the dealer confirms with them that it's a bad light engine, Hitachi will send out the part to the dealer and Hitachi will pay for the part.
Now if your set is not still under warranty, ours was not, you will have to pay the install. Our install was $400...worth it to us on a $3600 TV that's only 3 years old.
The part cost around $1500 but again HITACHI WILL PAY FOR IT. You only pay the install. DO NOT let any dealer tell you that you have to pay for the part once they get it. Most certified dealers will not do that. Please call only their customer relations departement at the number above. Hitachi's regular customer service will have you chasing your tail...Good Luck!
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I have the same tv and the same problem, but my yellow is a cloud around the outside of the screen. My tv was recently moved, and a repair shop told me that sometimes in a move these tvs light engine takes a shock and causes a yellow "band" on the screen. I am hearing that these light engines are not cheap either. Hope this helps you.
never mess with eprom. call the service tech. Memory intialization is done in the service mode. data needs to b written down before intialization. You mess up here and you might as well throw the set away.
I had the same problem with my 60V500A about a year ago. The screen got a red tint in the center and the image was fuzzy in that area. A new lamp didn't solve the problem. I did some checking and found out that the original light engine used in this model had a cooling issue that could cause the light engine to overheat and distort the LCD panels. My warranty had run out more than a year before this happened so I figured I was screwed since the light engine was so expensive. I decided to call Hitachi tech support and see if I could get a discount on the cost of a new light engine since the cooling problem was a known issue for this model TV. I calmly explained to them that I was aware of the cooling issue in the light engine and that I felt like a $4000 TV should last more than two or three years. Tech support gave me the phone number for my local authorized Hitachi service center and I gave them a call. Once the technician confirmed that it was the light engine that was the problem Hitachi sent him a replacement light engine at no cost to me. I was WAY past my warranty period so I still had to pay for the labor to replace the light engine. $300 for labor was a lot cheaper than buying a new light engine or tossing the TV and buying a new one. I have to say that Hitachi earned my respect for admitting there was a problem and doing what was needed to correct the problem more than a year after my warranty had expired.
If you have the "red" blob in the center of the screen or you have "blue" blobs that show up in random areas of the picture then the only repair is to have a technician replace the optical light engine.
Hi i have this tv and last night the screen went black i can hear sound ok but no picture just a black screen, Also i can see dark
outlines /shadows of whats on the tv, can you tell me please what has caused this
You have a defective light engine and Hitachi will replace the part. Here's what you need to do. Call Hitachi's customer relations department at 800-654-7013 and tell them that you have a defective light engine. At first, they will act like they've not heard about this problem but they will give you the names of some certified dealers in your area to have come out and take a look. Once the tech comes out and confirms that it's a defective light engine, call Hitachi back at the same 800# and they will send a brand new light engine directly to the dealer and Hitachi will pay for it ($1500).
Here's the deal, if you're under warranty, Hitachi will cover the part and the install. If you're not under warranty they will cover the expensive part but not the install. Our install was $400 but other on this site have paid around $200. Please do not let anyone tell you that you have to pay for this part. Hitachi has not recalled the part but they are replacing it with a brand new light engine for free. Also, deal only with Hitachi's customer realtions and not regular customer service. Good Luck!
Your light engine will need to be replaced as you have a LCD panel failure. Here is the link to the part number for the model 50V500 if you have the 50V500A it has a different part number. http://www.partstore.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductSKU=8286849&ProductType=PART&ModelID=374014