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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:)
You have a defective light engine and Hitachi knows about it. You need to contact Hitachis customer RELATIONS department (not regular customer service) at 800-654-7013 and tell Hitachi what the TV is doing and that you have a bad light engine. Initially, they will act they have not heard of the problem but they will give you the names of some certified dealers in your area. Once you have the tech come out and they tell you that it's a bad light engine, call Hitachi back, at the 800 # I listed and tell them what the tech said. They will call the dealer directly and then Hitachi will send a brand new light engine to the dealer and Hitach will cover the cost of the part (part cost around $1500)
Here's the kicker, if your TV is not still under warranty, Hitachi will cover the part but you will have to pay the install. We recently had this happen to us and our install was $400...worth it to us on a $3600 TV thats only 3 years old.
Please deal only with Hitachi customer relations and DO NOT let any dealer or store where you purchased the TV tell you that you will have to pay the $1500 for the part. Hitachi has not recalled this part but they are aware of it and they will send it out to the dealer your using and HITACHI will pay for the part...you only pay the install. Good Luck!
You have a defective light engine and here is what you need to do...we just went through this. You need to call Hitachi's customer relation department at 800-654-7013 and tell them the problems your having and that you think it's a defective light engine. They will initially act like they have no idea what you're talking about but will give you the names of some certified dealers in your area to call. Once you have a tech out from the dealer and they confirm the light engine problem (takes less than a minute) call Hitachis customer relation department back and tell them that a certified tech confirmed the problem. All of a sudden, Hitachi will say they are aware of the probelm...imagine that!
Hitachi will call the dealer and confirm this with them and they they will send the light engine directly to the dealer and Hitachi will cover the cost of the part (around $1500). All you will pay for is the install. Our install was $400...worth it to us since we paid $3600 for this TV 3+ years ago and it's been a great TV.
DO NOT let the dealer tell you that you will have to pay for the part. Hitachi knows about this problem all to well and they are replacing the part for free.. Again, you only pay the install. Please deal only with the customer relations department at the number I listed above. If you deal with their regular customer service people, they will have you chasing your tell. Hitachi customer relations will take care of you! Good Luck!
We had the same problem and just got our light engine replaced last week. Yes, Hitachi will ship the part and they will pay for the part but they will ask you to pay for the install (unless like Dev23 said, it's still under warranty). Hitachi shipped the part to the certified Hitachi dealer that they recommended. Cost to us was around $400. Worth it to us being that the TV cost $3600 when we bought it 3+ years ago and up until we had the light engine problem, the TV has been great. Since the light engine was replaced, TV looks brand new. You will read some post about this problem were people have had up to 3 light engines replaced. Back when Hitachi was made aware of this problem (about a year ago) they were sending out refurbished light engines and not new ones...obvious cost savings and cheap way out for Hitachi. The tech that came out and installed ours said that now Hitachi only sends out brand new light engines.
You should really only deal with Hitachis Customer Relations Department and not regular customer service. When you first call, they will act like they have no idea what you're talking about. After you have someone come out to look and tell you that YES, it's a light engine defect, they will ship the part to the dealer and then the tech will come out and rinstall it. The customer relations department # is 800-654-70103.
If you're willing to pay the install, they will cover the part. The part we were told cost $1500. Regardless of a warranty or not, this is a DEFECTIVE PART and I think Hitachi should pay for the entire tab none the less, we just wanted the TV fixed without a hassle! Good Luck:)
You have a defective light engine and you DO NOT have to be under warranty to have it replaced. Here's what you need to do...we just went through this. You need to call Hitachi's Customer Relations Department (not regular customer service). The customer relations # for Hitachi is 800-654-7013. Tell them what's happening with your set and that you think it's a bad light engine. When you call them, they will initially act like they have not heard of this problem but will give you some names of some certified Hitachi dealers in your area.
Call one of the dealers and they will send a tech out to diagnois the problem. Once the tech tells you that you have a defective light engine (all they have to do is look at the set when you have it turned on) call Hitachi customer relations back and tell them you had a tech out to confirm the problem. They will then act like they know exactly what you're talking about...imagine that! They will call the dealer that came out and once they confirm this with them, they will send a new light engine to the dealer. The dealer will then call you and arrange a time to come out and install it.
This part is paid for by Hitachi, regardless if you're under warranty or not. If your under warranty, the service should be covered if not, the part will be covered by Hitachi and all you pay is for the install. Our install was $400. DO NOT let any dealer get the part and tell you that you have to pay the $1500 for it. Hitachi knows about this problem and they are paying for the part. All you pay is for the install. Again, deal only with customer relations at the number listed above and only deal with a dealer Hitachi refers you to. Good Luck!