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What is the service call charge for replacing bulbs for a panasonic projection xf series tv ? the color is dim; the set is 10 years or so old

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Your set uses 3 CRT's (Cathode Ray Tubes) to create the picture for your set. The cost for replacing all three of these tubes would be unreasonable for a set of this age. As a television technician for over 25 years I can tell you that the cost of parts, plus the labor would be in the range of $1,200 - $1,600, and that would be if the parts are still available.
But based upon the symptoms that you described in your post, there may be another issue with your set being dull. The CRT’s are cooled with a liquid that is pure, clear, ethylene glycol. This liquid can have an algae growing inside of the blue and the green CRT’s, I have seen this many times over the years, and all that needs to be done is to replace the fluid inside of the set. This can be a less expensive repair than the first, but, it can still be a bit steep because the liquid is not cheap.

I would suggest that you call around and see what it would cost for a local servicer to come to your house and diagnose the problem with the picture quality. You should be able to get a servicer to your house for between $50.00 - $75.00, and they should be able to provide you with a very accurate estimate for the cost of the total repair.

My next suggestion is to look into what a new set would cost in your area, (as a repairman this is not what I would normally suggest because repairmen do not get paid to tell you to purchase a new set, we only get paid to repair televisions).
You are the customer and you should be well informed about the cost of a new set especially since we are moving toward the digital only signals and the LCD sets are becoming more affordable. I am not sure where you live, but if you have a Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, or Walmart close by have a look around and don’t forget to check out the internet for these stores before you visit them in person.

If you choose to replace your set, I have some suggestions for you to consider.
You currently own a Panasonic, this is one of the best televisions still on the market today, (My Opinion as a consumer and a technician).
Try to stick with the trusted name brands like Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and Pioneer. Please stay away from brands that you have never heard of or cannot pronounce,(such as ILO, Dynex, Vizio, (again, just my opinion) they are only trouble for the customer and for the repairman, (I have seen many customers that have had buyer’s remorse after I give them an estimate on a television that is just over a year old).

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue.
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