When a television stops working or damage negatively impacts the viewing experience, missing out on new shows, sports games and network movies can be frustrating. Fortunately, the problem that is interfering with the viewing experience can often be solved without needing to employ the assistance of a television repair professional or purchase a new television.
Determining the Issue
Determine the exact problem by viewing the area of damage. Are there spots on the television? Is the picture blurry, or is there a dark spot burned into the screen? Is there any physical damage to the screen or base of the television?
Evaluating the damage will help when it is time to gather the necessary tools to fix the television. Once the issue has been determined, find the issue below to figure out which tools to use and how to perform some basic repairs.
If the issue is not listed below, a professional may be needed to help solve the problem.
Cable Input Issues
A loose cable can cause the picture to become fuzzy or distorted. To check for this problem, move the cable around where it connects to the television and see if the picture quality goes from being distorted to being clear as the cable is moved. This is a clear indication that the cable is the issue causing the picture to be distorted.
The fix for a loose cable is as simple as purchasing a new cable.
Spots on a Television Screen
Spots can seriously impact the viewing experience. The easy fix available for this picture distortion issue is using something with a magnetic charge. The magnetization works because splotches of discoloration can occur when a television becomes magnetized.
Removing discoloration that is caused by magnetization can be done by making circular motions across the television screen. The circle should start out small and expand to the area of the whole screen.
Repairing Scratches on LCD Televisions
Do-it-yourself repair methods for scratches that use household items including petroleum jelly, rubbing alcohol and even pencil erasers can be used, but all of these methods have the potential to cause even more damage to a screen. These methods are also only temporary solutions.
LCD scratch repair kits can be used as an inexpensive fix and include all of the materials needed to complete the repair.
General Tips for TV Repair
Safety is an important factor to consider before beginning any television repair. After the source of the problem has been found, unplug the television to complete any repairs. Make sure that there is no electrical charge present in the TV, and lay the unit down on a soft surface in order to gain access to the rear of the set.
When to Call a Professional
If a simple fix does not repair the problem with a television, the assistance of a professional may be necessary. Depending on the size of the television and the repair service that is used, it may be possible to have a TV repaired without having to move it. There are some television repair companies that offer home service for convenience.
Some televisions are not worth fixing because the cost outweighs the value of the television. If this is the case, it may be time for a new model. Remember to do thorough research on picture quality, ease of use and longevity of any televisions that are being considered before making a purchase.
Before purchasing a new television or paying for an expensive repair, remember to check warranty information. The manufacturer of the television may be required to provide a replacement or pay for the cost of a repair if the TV is still covered under the warranty.
Having a television that is not working properly can be frustrating, but some of the most common TV repair issues can be fixed without the need for a professional. Loose cables, discoloration and scratches can all be fixed at home. If the television is beyond simple repair, contacting a professional TV repair person or purchasing a new TV are the best options. Don’t forget to check out warranty information before laying out a significant amount of cash to regain the use of a television.