Question about Zenith E44W46LCD 44" Rear Projection HDTV-Ready Television

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Growing blue haze on our picture screen.

We need to know how this is repaired. Apparently, many owners of this model of the Zenith projection TVs are reporting this problem...some more than once. We want to know how long the repairs take. Does the TV have to be taken out of our home to be repaired?

Any information would be most appreciated. We just want to understand the problem and the repair process before we contact our Best Buy warranty's always better to have an idea of what the process will be.

Thank you.

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  • tehrealtor Jan 04, 2008

    We have a growing blue haze coming up from the bottom of our screen. What can we do to get this repaired? Is it more cost effective to repair it or is replacing the set a better way to go?

  • up north Jan 05, 2008

    I have the same problem, there is a blue band at the bottom of the screen. I have removed the back filter and cleaned it on a regular basis, I was unaware of a bottom filter, my owner's manual doesn't mention that. Also, my remote control will stop working after the set warms up. I believe this is a problem with the receiver on the set, not the remote. I have changed its batteries, the indicator lights on the remote work, I can can "see" the IR transmitter flashing by viewing it through a digital camera. The TV is 3 years old and the factory warranty is long gone. Is it possible to get a replacement chassis/module to repair this, or do I just toss the entire TV in the trash?

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2008

    continuously blue area to right side of screen--growing over time

  • up north Mar 01, 2008

    I have a growing blue haze on the bottom of my screen.

    I located a replacement light engine from This is referenced with a part # 3141VSN180H.

    However, they won't tell me if this actually fits the Zenith E44W46LCD. Also, is this a reasonably simple installation or does it require special training or tools?

    Any advice I can get on this will be greatly appreciated.

  • jlak82 Jun 25, 2008

    I have the same problem..... I had LG fix the TV after the 1st 6 months and then it was put into storage soon after. Now I am out of warrenty don't know if it worth buying a new TV or should i just fix this. Does anyone know eher i can purchase P/N 3141VSN180H cheap.

  • Anonymous Sep 04, 2008

    blue haze growing

  • Anonymous May 07, 2009

    my 60 inch t.v. has a blue haze over the entire screen , except for an ovan in the dead center. as i tried to find a solution for this problem, another problem occoured. now everytime i turn my t.v. off it takes longer and longer to turn back on. now it wont turn onn at all. i'll never own this kind of television again.



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This is a bad problem with the light engine caused by overheating usually due to reduced airflow from dirty air filters.
My recommendation is to push your warranty company to replace this subpar model with a different one. There are too many instances of repaired models having a reoccurance of this same problem.

The blue line you are seeing is a product of one or two possibilities. The LCD panel which provides the blue imagery, which by the way is made by SONY Electronics, is defective. The LCD panel, in the optic engine (made by Ricoh) is basically loosing partial horizontal data, or the blue color filter has overheated and is becoming discolored, causing the loss of correct deflection through the optic prism. There are two ways to approach this. LG can offer some concessions and get you squared away, or provide the part, and you would be responsible for the service labor involved. Either way it can happen. The first thing I have to suggest to anyone purchasing a LCD or DLP projection TV is REMEMBER to keep an eye on the air intake filters. LG / Zenith products have one in the rear of the set, and 1 on the bottom of the unit. Reduced air flow through these units cause these "video deflection" issues. Overheating plainly affects these sets. I personally wouldn't own one, no matter who made it.

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