Question about Hitachi 50V500 50 in. HD-Ready LCD Television
I have a 50V500A lcd with the red cloud problem I followed Varian sjuggestion and called number listed. In my case already had fixed. I was advised to fax bill to them for part cost reinbursment, I pay labor. they said it should take 4/6 weeks to get check. 1/18/08
Tv purchased july 2004
Posted on Jan 19, 2008
I did the same thing today as varian..Hitachi paid for the part I paid 204.50 for the install. TV works great again
Bad design on the TV the light engine overheats and warps. Either get red screen or blue blobs
Posted on Jan 11, 2008
You have the infamous "red cloud" as we call it and nothing you personally do will fix it. Here's what you need to do...we just went thgrough this about a month ago. Call Hitachi's customer RELATIONS department (not customer service) at 800-654-7013. Tell them what the TV is doing and that you believe you have a defective light engine. Now, they will initially act like they have not heard of this problem but they have. The will however give you the names of some certified dealers in your area to call. Once you have a tech out to confirm that you have a bad light engine (this will take the tech less than a minute once you turn the set on) call Hitachi's customer relations department back and tell them you have a bad light engine. All of a sudden, they will acknowlege the probelm exist and will Hitachi will call the dealer direct to confirm that's the problem.
Once they confirm the problem with the dealer you used directly, they will send out a brand new light engine and Hitachi will cover the cost.
Here's the kicker. If your TV is not still under warranty, ours was not, Hitachi will cover the part (cost around $1500) but you will have to pay for the install. Our install cost $400 but worth it to us on a $3600 TV that has been great up until the light engine issue. If you're still under warranty, Hitachi will cover the part and the install. DO NOT let any store or dealer tell you that you will have to pay for this part. Hitachi is replacing it with brand new light engines for free...you just pay the install.
Please deal only with the Hitachi customer RELATIONS department at the number I've listed above. That is the direct number to Hitachi's customer relations department. Hitachi customer service will not help you at all!
Once our light engine was replaced, and the tech replaced it in our home and did not have to take the TV to the shop, our TV is like brand new again! Good Luck:)
Posted on Jan 03, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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