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How Much Does It Cost To Repair A TV?

TV Repair Cost

TV repair costs between $60 and $350 with most spending $207 on average for LCD, LED, plasma, and 4K TVs; costs are higher if repairing older DLP, projection, and HD TVs. TV problems like display issues, powering-on problems, or sound issues can be fixed. Pickup and delivery fees may apply.

TV Repair Cost Chart

National Average Cost $207
Minimum Cost $60
Maximum Cost $350
Average Range $84 to $300

The cost to repair a TV will include the price of parts and labor costs, plus other associated costs. Additional charges include a trip fee for a technician to come to your home, a fee to transport your TV to and from a repair shop, and the diagnostic fee to determine what needs to be replaced.

Table of Contents

  1. TV Repair Cost
  2. TV Screen Repair Cost
  3. How Much to Fix Common TV Repair Problems?
  4. Estimating TV Repair Costs By Type
  5. How Much Do TV Repair Shops Charge?
  6. Additional Costs and Considerations
  7. How to Save Money on TV Repair
  8. Replacing vs. Repairing a Television
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Hiring a TV Repairman
  11. TV Repair Near Me

TV Screen Repair Cost

The cost to repair a TV screen can be significantly more than the cost of purchasing a new TV. For this reason, replacing or repairing a broken TV screen is not considered feasible.

For example, the price of a new Samsung 40-inch LED TV is about $400, yet the cost of a replacement display panel for this model is about $380. This price is only for the replacement part and does not cover diagnostic costs, labor costs, or travel or shipping fees.

TV repair service fixing LCD TV by disassembly LED panel and repairing the television screen

Broken TV screen repair is not a service offered by most TV or electronics repair companies. For example, BestBuy's 90-day warranty, does not list broken TV screen repair as one of the problems they service.

Cracked TV Screen Repair Cost

Unless you are trying to fix a TV from the ’80s or earlier, cracked TV screen repair is not feasible; the entire display panel must be replaced instead. The cost of a replacement TV display panel is more than the cost of buying a new TV, and that’s before labor and other service costs.

Cracked or damaged TV screen repair is not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

TV Screen Replacement Cost

The cost of TV screen replacement is generally the same as or more than the cost of buying a new TV. Therefore, replacing a broken or malfunctioning TV screen is not considered a viable option. If the TV is under the manufacturer’s warranty, the manufacturer may replace the entire unit.

TV manufacturers do keep replacement TV screen panels on hand to support products under warranty in case the screen malfunctions, due to manufacturer defect.

If you still want to replace a damaged or malfunctioning TV screen, your best option is to find a used replacement panel or a broken TV of the same model on which the screen is still functional. You might find one on eBay, and you can hire a technician to change out the panel.

The cost of a used replacement TV panel ranges from $50 to $350 or more, excluding shipping, depending on the brand and size. Note that the chances of finding exactly the part you need in excellent condition are slim, and the cost excludes the cost of installation by a repair shop.

Replacing the screen in LCD TV with LED backlight in repair shop

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How Much to Fix Common TV Repair Problems?

Whether your TV is LCD, LED, plasma screen, or 4K (Ultra HD), the cost to fix common problems ranges from $60 to $350, depending on the repair type and the brand of TV being repaired.

ProblemComponentAverage Cost To Fix
TV powers on and has sound, but no pictureLED or CCFL Backlighting (In most LCD TVs)$100 – $122
Bulb (in a projection TV or older LCD TV)$60 – $115
Inverter$104 – $171
TV doesn't power onPower Supply$200 – $300
Fuse$60 – $136
Rear projection TV powers off due to overheatingCooling system$200 – $330
No display, vertical lines, no soundMotherboard$200 – $350
No signal from inputsInput board$200 – $350
White display, no display, double image, linesControl board$250 – $350
TV will not power on or any of the above issuesCapacitor$61 – $139

These repair problems could have more than one possible source, so a technician should take time to narrow down the exact problem. TVs are repaired by replacing faulty components.

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Motherboard Replacement

TV motherboard replacement costs between $200 and $350, including parts and labor, or about $275 on average. Motherboard replacement parts range from $35 to $199 and labor costs from $60 to $125.

TV technician repairing motherboard and circuit board on a television

TV Inverter Repair

A TV inverter repair costs $104 to $171, including parts and labor, with an average cost of $138 for a TV with one inverter board or $178 for two. Parts range from $7 to $74, and the average labor cost for TV inverter repair is $97 per hour.

The function of an inverter board in a TV is to power the backlight of the screen. The inverter board requires a few hundred volts of power. If the inverter board goes bad, this would cause the TV to power on and have sound but no picture.

When an inverter component goes bad, it is usually replaced rather than repaired. In some cases, the capacitors on a converter board fail, and a technician can fix it by replacing the capacitors rather than replacing the entire inverter component. However, if an entire inverter board replacement is not available for the model of TV being repaired, replacing the capacitors may be the only option for TV inverter repair.

Man repairing LED TV parts in TV shop by soldering electronic components using measuring appliance

TV Bulb Replacement

A flat-screen TV bulb replacement costs between $60 to $115, with most homeowners spending $84 for parts and labor. The price for replacement bulbs ranges from $18.50 to $80.

If an older model LCD TV or projection TV powers on and has sound but no picture, this may be due to lamp burnout, which is both common and expected. In this case, replacing the bulb will fix the problem. An experienced technician should be able to replace the bulb quickly and easily.

Samsung 50-inch rear-projection HDTVs (1080 megapixel) use specialized LED lamp units in which the bulb can be replaced.

Backlight Repair Cost

TV backlight repair costs $100 to $122, including replacement parts and labor, at a repair shop. In-house repair costs are more due to trip fees. The price of backlight replacement parts averages around $2.50 for each LED and between $20 and $25 for each CCFL strip.

If the CCFL strips for your TV are no longer available, a technician can convert the backlight from CCFL to LED using the same number of backlighting strips. Each strip of LEDs costs between $12 and $30.

TV technician repairing broken LCD TV on service table

A new inverter may be needed to power the LEDs, costing between $7 and $74 before labor, or an average of $40. In some cases, a repair shop can convert a CCFL backlight to LED without installing a new inverter.

Backlight failure in a TV may also be due to failure of the power inverter that supplies power to the backlight. In rare cases, both the inverter and the lighting components fail.

Power Supply Board Repair Cost

Repairing a TV power supply board costs $23 to $234 for parts alone. Completely replacing the power supply board costs $250 for parts and labor. If one capacitor has failed, the cost for replacement capacitors is low. However, it’s more cost-effective for the technician to replace the entire board rather than spend time trying to diagnose and replace faulty capacitors one by one.

HDMI Port and Circuit Board Repair

The cost to fix an HDMI port on a TV is $93 to $302. In some cases, the input circuit board that the HDMI port connects to may be damaged and need to be replaced. The cost for replacing this input circuit board, including labor, ranges from $200 to $350.

In-home TV repair service replacing HDMI port and repairing circuit board

TV Capacitor Repair

TV capacitor repair costs $60 to $129, including parts and labor. The cost for the replacement part ranges from $0.06 to $14, with the labor portion ranging from $60 to $125 per hour. TV capacitors protect the circuit from getting too much power, filter signals, and facilitate changing channels.

It is not possible to fix a TV capacitor when it fails; it needs replacing. If your TV stops working while you are using it and you notice a smell similar to ammonia or bleach, this is a sign that a capacitor has blown. However, some capacitors do not make any noticeable smell when they blow.

Replacement Glass

Flat screen replacement glass is not available. The only option for flat-screen TV glass repair is to try optical glass glue, which costs $1.70 for a 5-ml. tube. This may be an option for TV glass repair if the crack is only a few inches or less. TV panels are built as one unit at the factory, with the glass adhered to the display panel.

Picture Tube

A TV picture tube repair costs $149 to $249 on average, depending on the size of the TV and where the repair takes place.

  • In-home CRT repair ranges from $199 to $249. The cost of repairing a CRT picture tube ranges from $199 for a TV that is 27 inches or smaller to $249 for a TV that is 28 inches or larger.
  • In a repair shop, the repair costs range from $149 for a TV that is 27 inches or smaller to $199 for a TV that is 28 inches or larger.

Picture tubes, or cathode-ray tubes (CRTs), were used in old TVs, which had much poorer image quality than modern TVs and were much bulkier and heavier.

Fuse Repair

A TV fuse repair costs between $61 and $136, with most spending $99 on average. The cost of the replacement fuse itself is $1.50 to $11, while labor ranges from $60 to $125 per hour. Additional fees may apply.

Repairman fixing a broken fuse and inverter in flat screen TV

Panel Repair Cost

LCD flat-panel repair is not considered cost-effective. If the glass is cracked or the display is physically damaged, it is cheaper to replace the entire TV than to repair or replace the display panel.

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Estimating TV Repair Costs By Type

Estimating TV repairs costs by brand is not something TV repair shops offer, however, there are general prices by type. When looking for specific repair costs for your TV, you’ll find them in the common repairs price list above. Pricing applies to brands such as Samsung, LG, Sanyo, TCL, Insignia, HiSense, Sony, Toshiba, Pioneer, and Vizio.

More popular TVs are usually less expensive to repair because repair shops order replacement parts for them in bulk, which allows them to buy those parts at a lower cost.

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Flat-Screen TV Repair

The cost of flat-screen TV repair ranges from $42 to $359. You cannot fix a broken screen, but the price of a new flat-panel TV starts from around $249 for a 1080-mp (non-4K) LED TV from LG to as much as $14,999 for an 85-inch 8K LED TV from Samsung. A TV referred to as a “flat TV” or “flat-screen” TV might be any of the following:

  • LCD TV
  • LED TV (LCD lit by LED)
  • Plasma screen
  • 4K TV (Ultra HD)
  • Smart TV

LCD TV Repair

LCD TV repair typically costs $60 to $85 for diagnostics testing, and $200 to $300 to perform repairs. LCD TVs use backlighting, which may fail. Newer LCD TVs use LED strips for backlighting. Older ones might use CCFL. If CCFL backlighting fails, a technician can replace it with LED backlighting.

LCD & LED TV Repair Costs Chart

In-Home Service$85$270
Service at a Repair Shop$59$220

LED TV Repair

An LED TV is just an LCD TV that uses LED backlighting, which all newer models do (older models use CCFL backlighting). The cost to replace one LED backlighting strip ranges from $100 to $122, including parts and labor.

4K TV (Ultra HD) Repair

The cost to replace the motherboard, inverter, or LED's in a 4K TV ranges from $100 to $275 or more depending on the brand and model. The cost for screen repair for a 4K TV is irrelevant because it cannot be fixed or replaced at a cost that is lower than the cost of a new 4K TV.

Plasma TV Repair

Plasma TV repair typically costs $40 to $85 for diagnostics testing, and $300 to $400 to perform repairs.

Plasma TV Repair Cost Chart

In-Home Service$85$359
Service at a Repair Shop$42$329
Panel Replacement (In-Store Only)--$299

Projection TV Repair

Digital light processing (DLP) TVs are also known as projection TVs. DLP big screens have not been made since 2012, and DLP TV repair is usually not worth the cost except for a lamp burnout, in which the bulb can be replaced. The cost to replace bulbs ranges from $60 to $115.

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How Much Do TV Repair Shops Charge?

TV repair shops charge an average $60 to $125 per hour, or a flat rate of $50 to $250, which includes the diagnostic fee. Additional costs after that depend on the repairs needed and the brand and type of TV. However, most stores will have a minimum charge of about $90.

Best Buy and Geek Squad

Best Buy TV repair is provided through the Geek Squad TV & home theater service. Geek Squad TV repair starts at a base cost of $100 for a diagnostic fee. TV repair is covered under Best Buy’s protection plan, which costs $280 per year when you purchase a TV from Best Buy at the time of purchase, or within the return period printed on your receipt.


Sears TV repair is limited to:

  • Plasma
  • Projection
  • Projection DLP
  • Projection LCD
  • Tube 35-inch and larger

Sears does not repair LCD TVs.

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Additional Costs and Considerations

The brand and model of your TV will dictate the final repair cost, with more expensive brands and larger TVs costing more to repair. Consider the remaining lifespan of the TV before paying for repairs. You can now buy bigger TVs with more features and better displays for a TV that won’t need repairs for a while and probably comes with a warranty.

Labor Costs

The cost of labor to fix a TV ranges from $60 to $125 per hour, or a flat rate of $90 to $299. If the work is performed in your home, the cost ranges from $25 to $125 per hour plus the trip fee. Most TV repairs take 1 to 3 hours if the repair specialist has the parts already.

Cost of Transporting a TV to a Repair Shop

Some shops will pick up and deliver a TV for free. Others charge a fee that ranges from $40 to $75 for pickup and drop-off, with an average cost of $58.

If you live in a remote area, you may need to ship your TV to a repair facility, costing $99 to $175. Be sure to choose a delivery service that allows you to track the shipment and confirm delivery. When sending your TV into a service center for repair, you will be contacted regarding the associated costs and asked to process payment before the repair is completed, which usually takes two weeks including the shipping time.

Diagnostic Costs

Many TV repair shops charge a diagnostic fee that ranges from $20 to $60, depending on whether it is done in your home or the repair shop. Some shops charge a flat fee that ranges from $50 to $250 that covers both the diagnostic cost and labor cost. In many cases, the initial diagnostic fee will be applied to the repair cost if you have the shop do the repair.

Extended Warranties

The more expensive a TV is, the more sense it makes to purchase an additional warranty to defray the potential for costly repairs. Best Buy offers an $89 five-year extended warranty for entry-level TVs. On larger TVs such as the 85-inch Samsung QLED 8K TV, which costs $14,998, the five-year warranty from Geek Squad costs an additional $1,699—11.33% of the cost of the TV.

For Best Buy’s extended warranty, repair work is performed through their Geek Squad subsidiary and includes the following:

  • All parts and labor
  • Product failures because of dust, humidity, internal heat
  • Any workmanship or material defects
  • Correcting dead pixel and image shadows
  • Damage from power surges
  • In-home service for large TVs

The warranty is transferrable if you sell or give away the TV.

Certified TV Repair Technicians

You may want to seek out a repair shop that uses only certified technicians. Two of the leading certifying organizations in the electronics arena are

  1. The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies
  2. ETA International

With modern TVs, repair entails component replacement or replacement of capacitors, for which high levels of certification are not necessary. Generally, TV repair shops will let you know if their employees have certification.

If Your TV Has Picture but No Signal

If the TV powers on but you do not see a signal from your cable connection, satellite dish, or DVD player,

  • First, check that the connecting cable is securely in the socket on both ends. If that doesn’t work, try substituting another data cable if you have one, or test it with a replacement cable.
    • A data cable $4 to $15     
    • A higher-quality HDMI cable             up to $75
    • A coax cable – for older satellite systems                                    $4.50 – $10
    • A component cable – older, with red, white, and yellow connectors $6 – $10
  • Satellite dish repair is either covered by your satellite service company or the cost for a technician to fix it ranges from $80 to $150. Repairs may also be billed at an hourly rate of $50 to $65.
  • If you have a rooftop antenna, the cost for a technician to service it is the same as the cost for servicing a rooftop satellite dish.

Cost of Mounting a TV

The cost of mounting a TV ranges from $149 to $199, with most people paying around $174 for the labor. The mounting hardware costs between $20 and $500 depending on the brand of mounting hardware and the size of your TV.

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How to Save Money on TV Repair

There are various ways you might be able to save money on TV repair. These include transporting your TV to a repair shop, using a shop that charges in 15- or 30-minute increments, diagnosing the problem yourself, using salvaged parts, and doing the repair work on your own.

You can also consider the cost of TV repair when purchasing a new TV. More popular TV models are less expensive to repair because repair shops buy parts for the most common TVs in bulk and are therefore able to get them at lower prices.

Trouble Shooting Common TV Repair Problems

TV Does Not Power On

  • Plug - If the TV is not powering on and no status LEDs are lighting up, start by plugging the TV into a different outlet. If the TV is too challenging to move, you can run an extension cord from another nearby outlet.
  • Circuit breaker - Check the circuit breaker for the power outlet that the TV plugs into. You can check the breakers by opening the door to your breaker panel and looking for circuit breakers that are in the OFF position.
  • Power cable - Check the power cable. If it is a removable cable, you can test it by substituting a power cable from another piece of equipment in your home, or you can buy a replacement cable for this test. The cost for a replacement TV power cable ranges from $2.50 to $10.
  • Remote control - If the TV is not powering on with the remote control, you should try replacing the batteries. For remote controls with a status LED light, there could be enough power to light the LED but not enough power to send a signal to your TV.

TV Turns Off After a Certain Amount of Time

If your TV turns on but then turns off after a while, consider:

  • If it is a projection TV, it may be overheating which caused by a problem with the TV’s cooling system.
  • There may be a sleep timer set on the TV. Check your TV’s settings to make sure this is not the case.

No Picture

There are many reasons that a TV may power on but have no picture.

  • Backlighting burned out - In modern LCD TVs, the backlighting may be burned out. A technician can replace LEDs or CCFL backlighting strips.
  • Inverter is bad - It is possible that the inverter, which powers the backlights, has gone bad and needs to be replaced. It’s also possible that one or more capacitors on the inverter have gone bad, in which case a technician may be able to replace capacitors more cheaply than replacing the entire inverter.
  • Lamp burnout - In a projection TV or older LCD TV, no picture may be caused by lamp burnout. In this case, a technician can replace the bulb quickly and easily.

Picture Is Not Displaying Correctly

If the picture is displaying but there are problems such as vertical lines, a double picture, or a white display, this could indicate a faulty motherboard or mainboard.

No Sound

If the TV powers on but there is no sound,

  • Be sure that the volume is up on input devices such as a DVD player or cable box.
  • Change the channel to be sure it is not just a problem with that channel.
  • Plug headphones into the headphone jack. If sound comes from the headphones plugged into the headphone jack, this indicates a problem with the TV speakers.
  • Make sure your audio cables are correctly attached. See if a new cable works.

DIY Television Repair

The primary way to save money on TV repair would be to perform the work yourself. This may require you to purchase and get familiar with various tools such as soldering tools, and methods for replacing a capacitor or some other component.

  • The right tools - In the case of switching out power supply boards or inverters, standard tools such as screwdrivers or pliers might be sufficient.
  • The right parts - It can be complicated to determine which component of a TV is failing and causing the TV not to work correctly. If you buy a replacement part and perform the repair yourself, the TV may still not work, either because you replaced the wrong part, the part was old and not working properly to begin with, or you did not perform the work correctly. Buying multiple replacement parts can become costly.
  • Lack of experience – you might cause more damage to the TV due to your lack of knowledge and experience, and you might also end up causing a fire with your soldering iron or being electrocuted.

For these reasons, it is best to have the TV diagnosed by a professional TV repair technician.

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Replacing vs. Repairing a Television

The cost of repairing a TV could be as much as $500 if multiple repairs are needed. Consumer Reports recommends not to spend more than 50% of the cost of a new TV repairing the old one.

If you have a newer TV that cost thousands of dollars, having it repaired would most likely be cost-effective. If the TV only cost a few hundred dollars to begin with, replacing the TV is more likely to be the best option.

Keep in mind that even if your TV works perfectly when it comes back from the repair shop, it will still have other older components that could fail.

How Much Does a New TV Cost?

The following are the prices of a new TV from Best Buy, as of fall 2019:

BrandModelAverage Price
Samsung85" 8K LED Q900$14,999
75" 4K LED 7 Series$2,199
65" 4K LED Q90$3,499
55" 4K LED Q80$1,999
43" 4K LED Q60$1,299
Sony85" 8K LED Z9G$12,999
75" 4K LED X900F$2,799
65" 4K LED X950G$2,199
55" 4K LED X950G$1,399
43" 4K LED X800G$649
LG77" OLED 4K C8 Series$6,999
65" 4K OLED E9 Series$4,299
55" 4K OLED C9 Series$2,499
43" 4K LED UM7 Series$399
Vizio75" 4K LED P Series$3,499
65" 4K LED P Series$2,199
55" 4K LED P Series$549
43" 4K LED V Series$299

Not included in these prices from Best Buy are 1080P screens, which range from $249 to $279 for 43-inch TVs from brands like Samsung, Sony, and LG. On the upper end, Sony and Samsung both have 95-inch 8K LED TVs for $69,999.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can a flat-screen TV be fixed?

In most cases, a flat-screen TV can be fixed. The exception is a physically damaged display panel or screen.  Most other issues including failing speakers, backlights, or power supply. Burned out fuses and damaged input ports can also be repaired.

How do you fix a broken TV screen?

If the screen is not physically damaged but is not showing a picture or is displaying “snow’” or vertical or horizontal lines, a technician can repair the TV by replacing failed components. If the screen is physically damaged, it cannot be repaired.

How much does a flat-screen cost?

You cannot replace a broken flat-screen display. New TVs costs anywhere from $249 for a 1080P (non 4K) LED TV from LG to as much as $14,999 for an 85” 8K LED TV from Samsung.

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Hiring a TV Repairman

  • Read online reviews on local repair companies here on HomeGuide.
  • Check the BBB for records on disputes and how they were resolved.
  • Choose someone who has been in business for at least 3 years.
  • Don’t work with anyone who asks for money upfront.
  • If they offer in-home repair, make sure their employees have had background checks.
  • Decide how much you are willing to spend on repairs vs. buying a new TV.
  • Get at least 3 quotes.

TV Pickup and Delivery Fees

Some shops will pick up and deliver a TV for free. Others charge a fee that ranges from $40 to $75 for pickup and drop-off, with an average cost of $58.

If you live in a remote area, you may need to ship your TV to a repair facility, costing $99 to $175. Be sure to choose a delivery service that allows you to track the shipment and confirm delivery.

Benefits of Professional TV Repair

There are several benefits to professional TV repair.

  • Diagnostics – A professional TV repair technician has the right training and experience to figure out which component(s) need replacing quickly.
  • Time – A professional TV repair technician can usually complete repairs within 1 –3 hours.
  • Mistakes – If you improperly diagnose the problem with the TV, you will be wasting both time and the cost of the replacement part.
  • Cost of Parts – Repair shops often buy high-quality replacement TV components in bulk, making them cheaper.
  • Guarantees – Most professional TV repair shops will guarantee their work.

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Your TV has stopped working, and now it is time to get it fixed. Most of the time, when your TV stops working, it is the motherboard. You can choose to either get it fixed or you can buy yourself a new TV. This can cost you a good chunk of change, and many often choose just to replace the part.

There are many options for fixing the motherboard. It can cost you less than $100 or upwards to about $400. This depends on the size of the Samsung TV and how you decide to fix the motherboard.

There are a few things you need to consider before you figure out which replacement option is best for you. Here is what you need to know.

How Much Does It Cost?

You can choose one of two ways to replace your motherboard when it breaks. You can choose either to hire someone to do it for you, or you can buy the parts yourself to replace. It all depends on you.

Hiring Someone

When you hire someone, the costs will be higher than replacing the motherboard yourself. You will find that it will cost anywhere between $200 and $400. Anything more than that means that those technicians are trying to overcharge you.

The average for hiring someone is about $275. A technician can replace the unit in your Samsung TV within a day or so, depending on how many projects they are working on. Be aware of these red flags when hiring someone:

  • No time frame when they will have it done.
  • High prices.
  • Do not respond when you try to contact them.
  • They aren’t willing to give you at least a quote to fix it.

Always remember to be sure to research the company or person that is repairing your TV. You want a reliable person to renew your television. Many people out there are willing to lie about their credentials to make a few extra dollars.

Replacing The Motherboard Yourself

If you have basic skills at assembling products, you can do this without a professional. Be honest about your abilities to do so, or you can find yourself buying a brand new TV after already buying the motherboard.

The motherboard can cost anywhere from $35 to $150. The smaller the TV, the less the motherboard and vice versa. You can find these motherboards on sites like Amazon or choose to get them from Samsung.

It should only take you less than an hour, maybe more if you are inexperienced. Here are the steps to replacing your motherboard in your Samsung TV:

  • Unplug the TV to keep from being shocked.
  • Lay the TV on a flat surface with the screen down.
  • Unscrew the back panel.
  • Remove power supply board.
  • Replace the power supply board.
  • Remove the mainboard.
  • Replace the mainboard.
  • Return the back panel onto the TV.
  • Plug in the TV and test it out.
  • Peruse through the channels and test out different settings.

It is a great idea to take a picture of the TV’s motherboards and wiring before taking it apart. This will help you have a reference photo when you are replacing everything. It is easy to get confused or forget where a wire plugs into. We don’t want that happening.

How To Tell If You Need To Replace Your TV

Sometimes replacing your TV may be easier than replacing a part. There are many things you need to take into consideration when you are making this decision. These considerations include:

  • The cost of the repair.
  • How long are you willing to be without a TV.
  • The age of your TV.
  • Any recalls on your TV.

If you have an older Samsung TV, it may be easier to replace the entire TV. Technology is always expanding and updating. It only takes a few years, even less, for your TV to become outdated. The parts may not even be available even to fix the broken motherboard.

You will also need to decide what you are willing to spend on repairing your TV. Yes, it may only cost you about $400, but that is only if the motherboard is faulty. Other parts may have issues and increase the costs to repair it. 

Before you decide to repair your TV, check to see any recalls on your TV. Sometimes the company will replace your TV if there is a faulty part. If they aren’t willing to replace it, you may want to choose a brand new TV.


Motherboards aren’t too expensive to replace, especially if you decide to make the repairs yourself. If you need to save money and don’t want to spend upwards of a grand for a new TV, repairing your TV may be the route for you. 

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For the most common problems, TV repair pricing might range between $175 and $200 on average. Here are examples of the most common problems: Power problems: The TV won't turn on or will not stay on once started. Digital problems: All connections are in place but you're not receiving any signal.

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Similarly, it is asked, how do I fix my Samsung TV if it wont turn on?

start by trying to reset your TV. Disconnect the power cord from the outlet, then press and hold the power button on the TV (not the remote), for at least 10 seconds. Then wait a few minutes and plug the TV back in and press power once. 2 blinks on Samsung TV's usually indicates a bad power supply.

Furthermore, is it worth getting TV repaired? For a lot of people who are using LED or LCD TVs, there is a real fear about breaking. If your TV panel is still in one piece, meaning a brick hasn't gone through the screen there is a good chance it can be repaired! A lot of common issues such as power, audio, HDMI can be fixed.

Consequently, how much does it cost to fix a TV that wont turn on?

The average cost to repair a TV is $207, with most repairs ranging from $60 to $350. Common TV fixes include replacing a motherboard or power supply for $250, bulb replacement for $88, HDMI port for $200, or backlight repair for $111. TV repair shops charge $60 to $125 per hour.

How do I know if my TV fuse is blown?

You can check the fuse to see if it is blown and if it is you can try replacing that and plug the TV back in. If the TV powers on and the fuse stays good, you should be set to go. If the fuse blows immediately after plugging the TV back in then you will have another issue on the board that is blowing that fuse.

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How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Tv?

Labor Costs to Repair a TV

At the first sign of trouble, you may be tempted to take your set apart and try to fix it yourself. However, avoid doing this because that probably voids your warranty. Not only that, but modern televisions are highly technical and contain components that the average person is not familiar with.

A television repair technician has earned a career certificate or Associate’s degree in electronics technology or a related field. Expect to pay between $40 and $60 per hour in labor for someone to fix your television.

The amount of time to repair your TV depends on what the problem is and the availability of parts. Most jobs can be completed in 1 to 3 hours when the parts are on hand.

Most technicians charge you a diagnostic fee upfront. This fee is for determining what the problem is and can run between $75 and $100. The cost is often waived if you allow the shop’s technicians to make the repairs for you.

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Flat-Screen TV Repair Cost by Type

The term ‘flat screen’ applies to a wide range of TV types, from LCDs to the latest 4K and Smart models. The TV type impacts the repair costs because more advanced and expensive TVs have more costly components to replace or fix. The table below shows common TV types and average repair costs for each:

Cost to Repair a LCD, LED, OLED, Plasma, Smart, or 4K TV

Cost to Repair a LCD, LED, OLED, Plasma, Smart, or 4K TV

Type of TVAverage Repair Costs
LCD$50 - $400
LED$50 - $400
OLED$100 - $400
Plasma$100 - $400
Smart$100 - $400
4K$100 - $400

LCD TV Screen Repair Price

Repairs for LCD TVs cost between $50 and $400. LCD TVs are one of the most popular options on the market, available in a wide range of sizes and styles. They use an LCD (liquid crystal display) with backlights to produce images. The backlights, screen, and other components may get damaged over time and need repairing.

LED TV Repair Cost

LED TV repairs range from $50 to $400, depending on the scale of the problem. LED TVs are a specific type of LCD TV that use LED backlights to illuminate the liquid crystal display. These TVs usually produce more colorful and vibrant images and are more energy-efficient, but the LED backlights may need to be repaired or replaced over time.

OLED TV Repair Cost

OLED TV repairs cost between $100 and $400 on average. They are the next step up from a standard LED TV, with OLED standing for organic light-emitting diode. OLED TVs can achieve deeper blacks and higher contrast compared to standard LED screens. However, they can be very expensive to purchase and repair.

Plasma TV Repair Cost

Plasma TV repairs average $100 to $400. These TVs are made up of pixels filled with gas that light up when an electrical current is applied. They are less popular today, and most companies have stopped making them. But they can still be found in many homes and are subject to problems like screen burn and distorted colors.

Smart TV Repair Cost

Smart TV repairs cost between $100 and $400. These TVs have Smart technology and connect with your home’s WiFi network to download updates and access apps and the internet. They are more advanced than other TVs but still have various components that can break and require repairs.

4K TV Screen Repair Cost

4K TV repairs range from $100 to $400. A 4K TV provides some of the clearest and most detailed images because of the very high resolution of its screen, providing more engaging viewing experiences. However, these models can be expensive to purchase and repair.

TV Repair Cost by Type of Repair

TVs are made up of various parts and components, all working together to produce lights, colors, pictures, and sounds for your entertainment. Over time, accidents may happen that damage these parts, or they might just wear down over the years through repeated use. The table below shows common TV repairs and the costs for each.

Cost to Repair HDMI Port, Speaker, Blacklight, Inverter, Water Damage, Screen, Panel, or Power Board of a TV

Cost to Repair HDMI Port, Speaker, Blacklight, Inverter, Water Damage, Screen, Panel, or Power Board of a TV

Type of RepairAverage Costs
HDMI Port$50 - $250
Speaker$75 - $250
Backlight$100 - $150
Inverter$100 - $200
Water Damage$150 - $400
Screen$200 - $400
Panel$200 - $400
Power Board$200 - $400

TV Repair HDMI Port Cost

HDMI port repairs for a TV costs between $50 and $250. Sometimes, HDMI ports fall out of position and may simply need to be repositioned. In other cases, one might stop working due to a more serious fault and require technical repair work.

TV Speaker Repair Cost

TV speaker repairs range from $75 to $250, depending on the type and damage done to the speaker. Faulty speakers may simply need rewiring or minor adjustments, or they could need to be cleaned or replaced, so the exact costs and amount of work vary.

Backlight TV Repair Cost

Backlight repairs average $100 to $150. The backlight is what illuminates the display of your TV, providing the brightness and color. It may be in the form of LED light strips or fluorescent lights, depending on which TV type you have. If these lights develop a problem, a repairman must open up the TV and make adjustments to get them functioning again.

TV Inverter Repair Cost

TV inverter repairs cost between $100 and $200 each. The inverter powers up the backlights for your TV, and they can stop working if their capacitors break down. Repairs are made by fitting new capacitors in place.

TV Water Damage Repair Cost

Water damage repairs on a TV range from $150 to $400. In some cases, if too much water has gotten into the TV, it may be beyond repair. In less severe situations, a repairman will take the TV apart, dry it out, and put it back together successfully, repairing any damaged components.

Cost to Fix a TV Screen

TV screen repairs cost between $200 and $400, but in many cases, repairing the screen is not possible. Since the screen is usually the most expensive part of the TV and one of the most sensitive to impacts and other damage, an expert may advise you to simply buy a new TV instead of having it repaired. It is worth getting a diagnosis if the screen issue is not too severe because issues like flashing pixels or distorted colors may be fixable.

TV Panel Repair Cost

TV panel repairs average $200 to $400 in some cases, but some panels cannot be repaired. For this reason, many companies do not offer panel repair. So if your TV gets a crack in the panel, you may be better off buying a new unit instead.

TV Power Board Repair Cost

Power board repairs cost between $200 and $400. The power supply board allows the TV to turn on and function, and if it breaks down in any way, the TV may simply stop turning on. Often, a repairman can replace some of the capacitors and make other adjustments to repair a faulty board, rather than having to replace it entirely.

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TV Repair Prices by Type of Replacement

In some cases, your TV components may not be able to be repaired, or it might be more cost-effective to replace them with new ones. The repair price includes the cost of new parts, plus the labor required to fit them into place and remove the broken components. The table below shows average costs for a variety of common TV part replacements:

Average Cost to Replace TV Parts: Fuse, Capacitor, Bulb, Blacklight, Picture Tube, HDMI Port...

Average Cost to Replace TV Parts: Fuse, Capacitor, Bulb, Blacklight, Picture Tube, HDMI Port...

Replacement PartAverage Costs
Fuse$50 - $150
Capacitor$60 - $200
Bulb$75 - $200
Backlight$100 - $200
Picture Tube$200 - $300
HDMI Port$200 - $300
Motherboard$200 - $400
Screen$400 - $1,000+
Panel$400 - $1,000+

TV Fuse Replacement Cost

Fuse replacement in a TV costs between $50 and $150 and is one of the easier replacement jobs for a repairman. Glass and ceramic fuses on your TV’s power supply board may blow in certain situations and need replacing. To replace a fuse, the repairman opens the TV to access the power panel and swaps out the fuse.

TV Capacitor Replacement Cost

Replacing a TV capacitor is inexpensive, starting at $60 up to $200. If more than one capacitor needs replacing, it is usually less expensive to replace the entire board. TV capacitors cannot be repaired, so replacement is the only option.

TV Bulb Replacement Cost

TV bulb replacement costs average $75 to $200. Bulbs are usually found only in older models of LCD TVs or projection TVs. They are used to illuminate the display so that the picture can be seen. Bulbs are relatively easy to replace, but the material costs are a little higher with bulbs when compared to other TV components, leading to varied replacement prices from model to model.

TV Backlight Replacement Cost

TV backlight replacements cost between $100 and $200 on average, depending on the TV size and scale and the type and number of lights required. If you have LED lights, parts may be more expensive, leading to higher total costs. Usually when backlight problems occur, the bulbs or diodes are dead and need to be replaced.

Cost to Replace a TV Picture Tube

Picture tube replacements range from $200 to $300 on average. Picture tubes, also known as cathode ray tubes or CRTs, are only used in older TVs. So, this is not a replacement job you need to worry about with an LED or LCD TV.

Cost of Replacing a HDMI Port on a TV

HDMI port replacement on a TV costs between $200 and $300. Damaged or broken ports may simply stop working or be incompatible with certain HDMI cables. In this case, a new port must be fitted and connected to the circuit board, requiring a couple of hours of labor.

TV Motherboard Replacement

TV motherboard replacements average $200 to $400. Often when a problem occurs with a TV motherboard, it needs to be completely replaced rather than repaired. The motherboard controls the TV’s functions and features, and a broken motherboard makes your TV completely unusable.

TV Screen Replacement Cost

TV screen replacement costs at least $400 and often much more. The screen is the most expensive part of a TV. So usually, the cost of replacing it is higher than just buying a new unit. Most professional repair companies do not offer screen or panel replacement as a service.

TV Panel Replacement Cost

TV panel replacement costs a minimum of $400 and often a lot more on some of the high-end 4K and Smart screen displays. Because the cost of a replacement panel is so high, it is usually more cost-effective to simply purchase a new TV.

TV Repair Prices by Problem

You might not know exactly which part of your TV is broken or damaged at first. The symptoms of a broken television vary from vertical colored lines across the screen to audio issues, power problems, and even situations where the TV starts normally but then turns itself off. The table below shows common problems and average repair costs for each.

Cost to Repair Prices by Problem: TV Will Not Turn On, Damaged Cables, No Sound, Screen Lights Up and Goes Blank, Vertical Lines, Horizontal Lines, or Cracked Screen

Cost to Repair Prices by Problem: TV Will Not Turn On, Damaged Cables, No Sound, Screen Lights Up and Goes Blank, Vertical Lines, Horizontal Lines, or Cracked Screen

ProblemAverage Repair Costs
TV Will Not Turn On$50 - $400
Damaged Cables$75 - $200
No Sound$75 - $400
Screen Lights Up and Goes Blank$100 - $200
Vertical Lines$150 - $400
Horizontal Lines$150 - $400
Cracked Screen$400 - $1,000+

Television Will Not Turn On

Repairing a TV that will not turn on costs between $50 and $400 because there are many potential causes. It might be something as simple as a blown fuse, which can be replaced quite cheaply. Or, it could be a motherboard or power supply issue, which is more costly to fix.

Damaged Cables

Damaged cables on your TV can be repaired for between $75 and $200 in most cases. Over time, cables can get frayed, twisted, or broken, but professionals can cut away the damaged parts, add in new connectors and repair the damage, or simply replace the bad cables with new ones.

No Sound on a TV

Expect to pay between $75 and $400 to repair a TV with no sound. There are various reasons why your TV’s sound stopped working. It is most likely a fault with a speaker, which can be repaired or replaced. Or, it could be a deeper issue associated with the motherboard, which may also need fixing or replacing.

Image Shows up Momentarily and Then the Screen Goes Blank

Repairs for this problem cost between $100 and $200. If your TV’s picture appears for a moment and then vanishes, it is most likely an issue with the inverter. A repairman will open up the TV, diagnose the issue, and decide on the most efficient solution.

Vertical Lines on a TV Screen

Repairing vertical lines on the screen averages $150 to $400. This is usually an issue associated with your TV’s control board or motherboard, which may be damaged and need to be either repaired or replaced. It could also be caused by a loose cable, but the TV will need to be opened up to diagnose the issue and repair it.

Horizontal Lines on a TV

Repairing horizontal lines on your TV costs between $150 and $400. It might be an issue with the motherboard, or it could be a problem with loose cables between the panel and the control board. To fix this issue, the TV needs to be opened up and analyzed by a professional repairman.

Cracked TV Screen

Repairing a cracked TV screen costs from $400 to $1,000 or even more. Cracked screens cannot be repaired, they can only be replaced, and they are very expensive, sometimes exceeding the cost of a new TV. For this reason, if you have a cracked screen, the TV will probably have to be replaced entirely.

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TV Repair Cost by Brand

One of the most interesting things about TVs is the wide range of brands. With each brand, you may see common problems that seem to pop up. The life span of televisions has definitely reduced over the last decade or two due to continuously updated technology. Consumers should always consider buying a warranty to avoid expensive repairs.

With the influx of competition between brands, consumers have available various choices in technology, image quality, color, and resolution. Gamers are prone to spend more, while standard TV watchers can find affordable versions to stream shows and movies. The cost to repair TVs, depending on the brand, ranges from $50 to $400.

TV Repair Cost by Brand: Philips, Sony, TCL, Samsung, LG, Hisense...

TV Repair Cost by Brand: Philips, Sony, TCL, Samsung, LG, Hisense...

BrandCost to Repair Common Problems
Philips$50 - $100
Sony$50 - $400
TCL$50 - $400
Samsung$75 - $200
LG$75 - $400
Hisense$100 - $200
Panasonic$200 - $400
Vizio$200 - $400

Philips TV Repair Cost

The cost to fix a Philips TV is $50 to $100. The typical issue with Philips TVs seems to be that they have a mind of their own. They turn on and off and sign in and out of apps randomly. While a solution doesn’t seem to be forthcoming, Philips is steadily losing customers due to a firmware problem.

Sony TV Repair Cost

Fixing a Sony TV will cost you about $50 to $400. This popular brand has a reputation for simply becoming disabled with no power or sound. Unfortunately, the customer service at Sony isn’t always the best. Customers are often frustrated when it comes to warranty work.

TCL TV Repair Cost

To fix your TCL TV blank screen, you should expect to pay about $50 to $400. One characteristic repair of the TCL brand is a black screen with no picture. This can be a fuse that has blown, or it may require a major change, such as a new main board.

LG TV Repair Cost

Some of the most common issues with this brand are banding at a repair cost of $100 to $200 or sound with a cost of $150 to $400. Color problems may be related to adjustment and can be fixed for a low cost of $75 to $100, HDMI connections are often fixed at the cost of $200 to $300, and streaming problems may be corrected with a software update. Software updates can be done by the owner, but a repairman will most likely charge a minimum fee of $75 to $100. Banding presents as sections of bands where it should be smooth. Sound and color can go out over time in the LG brand. HDMI and streaming can become difficult as technology emerges and changes.

Samsung TV Repair Cost

Damaged cables can cause a TV to flicker or grow dim. Samsung tv repair prices for damaged cables are $75 to $200. Samsung TV owners cite this flickering or dimming of the screen as a common issue with this brand. Sometimes the settings for the eco sensor or the energy-saving feature create this problem. Turning either of those off may fix the issue.

Hisense TV Repair Cost

Hisense TVs have a history of display difficulties and could cost you about $100 to $200. Typically, it means you need a new inverter, or it could signal the beginning of the end for your Hisense TV.

Panasonic TV Repair Cost

Panasonic TV owners often experience the power clicking on and off and may need a new main board at the cost of $200 to $400. The reset button may help. The repairman will need to replace the motherboard of the TV if that fails.

Vizio TV Repair Cost

The Vizio TV is known for its screen of death (a blank or black screen) and usually costs about $200 to $400. The problem is most often a blown motherboard, and replacement is the only option. A factory reset may be a solution. If that doesn't work, the motherboard is the best possible answer.

Replacing vs Repairing a Television

Often, you must decide whether it is worth repairing your TV because in many situations, the cost of repairs is higher than the price of a new TV. For example, when screens are cracked or damaged, the cost of replacing a panel is usually much higher than simply buying a new TV.

Consumer Reports recommends replacing electronics whenever the cost of repairs equals or exceeds half the cost of a new purchase. You might also want to replace your set if a similar one is less than $200, or if your screen is smaller than 32”. For example, it costs around $148 for a new motherboard in an LG Model 24LF452B 24” TV, which takes around one hour to repair. As a result, you would pay between $188 and $208 to repair your old set, while you could instead pay a lot less, around $120, for a brand new model.

If you invested a lot of money in your TV, the costs of repairing an inverter or getting new backlights may be far cheaper than replacing it. This is why it is often best to ask a professional to diagnose the problem and give you a quote for the repair work. Then, you can compare the price of repairs against the cost of a new TV and decide what makes sense. If your TV breaks down repeatedly, you have multiple repair bills over the course of a year. It might be time for a new TV even if a single repair does not seem too expensive.

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TV Maintenance

To minimize repairs and help your TV stay in working order for as long as possible, take care of it as well as you can. Here are some useful TV maintenance tips:

  • Do not leave the TV on if you are not actually watching it. TVs can run for tens of thousands of hours, but there is no need to waste those hours. So, avoid leaving it on in the background, and make sure to turn it off when you leave the room.
  • Try not to leave your TV on for too long at a time. Like other appliances, TVs can start to get very hot the longer they are left on. They need to be turned off now and then to get a chance to cool down and rest before being switched back on.
  • Keep your TV clean. Over time, dust, pet hair, and bits of dirt can build up on the screen and get inside the TV via vents and ports. This dust accumulation can affect a TV’s operation and make it more likely to break down.
  • Consider using a surge protector to keep your TV and associated devices and appliances safe. This can be especially important in areas that experience a lot of storms or frequent power cuts because sudden cuts and surges easily damage your TV’s components.
  • When positioning your TV, leave space around it to provide airflow. This helps prevent the TV from overheating and cools it down more quickly when you turn it off.

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  • How much does it cost to repair a TV?

Television repair costs vary widely, but the average consumer pays between $100 and $300. Prices depend on the make, model, and size of your set, as well as the availability of parts. It is generally more expensive to repair an older model than it would be to replace it. New televisions are becoming more affordable every year, but the price of parts remains steady or even increases as older parts become rarer.

  • Can a flat-screen TV be fixed?

Yes, flat-screen TVs can frequently be fixed, including issues with the screen, sound, lighting, cables, and interior components. However, there are some situations where flat-screen TVs cannot be fixed, such as when the screen is severely cracked.

  • How do you fix a broken TV screen?

Remove all external cables, unplug your set, and lay it face down on a flat, soft surface. Remove any screws holding the frame in place and then gently remove the frame and set it aside. Put your new screen in place and reconnect the internal cables in the same manner you disconnected them. It is usually best to get a professional to handle TV repairs, and the cost of replacement screens is often very high. So, it may be more cost-effective to get a new TV.

  • How many years will a flat-screen TV last?

This depends on the make and model of your TV and your viewing habits. Many modern TVs last 60,000 viewing hours or more, equating to 30+ years for a typical person. However, a TV’s lifespan can be reduced if it is not properly maintained and cared for.

  • Does turning the TV off shorten its life?

No, turning a TV off will not usually shorten its life in any way. It is actually recommended to turn TVs off when you are not using them, allowing them to cool down and extend their lifespan.

  • Is it okay to leave a TV on all night?

This is not recommended. If you leave a TV on for too long, it may overheat, which could damage interior components like the motherboard. It may also do damage to the screen and risk ‘burning’ an image into the display, as well as damaging the backlights.

  • Do Smart TVs use more electricity?

Generally, no. Most modern Smart TVs are designed to be as energy-efficient as possible, with some models even using less energy than conventional TVs. It all depends on the TV make and model.

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