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Technology challenged LG52sx4d-ub owner needs help

Anna
06-26-2009, 11:34 PM
After a recent power outage, my 4-year old LG52sx4d-ub tv's picture would not turn on although the sound was fine. The lamp light indicator is red. I didn't want to run out and buy a new costly bulb (I just changed it in last 6 months) if the problem was due to something else like the lamp engine (no idea if that is correct terminology). I called out a tv repairman who pulled out my bulb and said it was fine, "See, doesn't appear burned out, cloudy, etc.". He then took my tv in for a $50 diagnosis. Per repairman, the lamp engine is bad and the repair job will run me $400 and he will guarantee the repair for three months. If I decide not to have it fixed he will buy it from me for $50 dollars.

Now for my very non-technical question. Considering I paid $1750 for the tv would you have it repaired or just buy a new one? The repairman says he's sure the bulb is fine since he tested it in other sets. Does the repair cost sound reasonable? Thanks for any feedback.

clearday
06-27-2009, 09:50 AM
If you didn't have your tv on a surge protector during the storm, a power surge probably blew out the light engine (and other things). So he may be right.

It's just my opinion, but I would not spend $400 on a 4 year old tv for which you will only get a 3 month warranty. Once a tv is hit by a surge, other things often happen as time goes along as the whole thing was impacted.

I'd buy a new tv, take your old tv back from the repair shop, and if the bulb really is OK, try to sell it on craigslist. You already paid repair man $50, so he's wanting the tv for free. Forget about it. Even if you have to trash it yourself, he should pay you something for all the parts he's going to take out and use in his repairs.

Loves2Watch
06-27-2009, 10:53 AM
If you didn't have your tv on a surge protector during the storm, a power surge probably blew out the light engine (and other things). So he may be right.

It's just my opinion, but I would not spend $400 on a 4 year old tv for which you will only get a 3 month warranty. Once a tv is hit by a surge, other things often happen as time goes along as the whole thing was impacted.

I'd buy a new tv, take your old tv back from the repair shop, and if the bulb really is OK, try to sell it on craigslist. You already paid repair man $50, so he's wanting the tv for free. Forget about it. Even if you have to trash it yourself, he should pay you something for all the parts he's going to take out and use in his repairs.

I agree...

Anna
06-27-2009, 01:54 PM
Thank you for the feedback. I'll be taking your advice.

R2D2repair
06-29-2009, 11:09 AM
Hopefully Iam not to late for advise,Iwill suggest changing the lamp,its possible the power outage blew the lamp.I sugget to get it from wwwdiscount-merchantcom they have the philips lamps which normallt last from 6000-8000 hrs and if that doesnt solve the problem you can always return it and they will help you troubleshoot,