repairing tvs

Can I fix my flatscreen TV?

Samsung N5300 Smart TV

Episode 1611

Clay from Highland, CA

Sam's Samsung HD TV turns off after about 10 seconds. He's googled it and sees things from replacing the remote to replacing the motherboard in the TV altogether. Can he DIY it? Videos say he can.  Leo says that today's modern flatscreens aren't very fixable at all. Even if they could repair it, it's likely going to cost more than the TV is worth. It's not like the old days when you can get a TV repairman out to fix it. 

Leo suggests looking at a 4K OLED.

Is my Plasma TV worth fixing?

Episode 1370

Chuck from San Diego, CA

Chuck has a 7 year old Plasma that doesn't power up anymore. Can it be fixed, and is it worth it? Leo says it could be, but since no one makes plasmas anymore, it may be harder to find the parts. If he doesn't know what's wrong, it could be going down a rabbit hole. But that also means his plasma TV could be worth more for parts. And he can replace that TV for a few hundred dollars and it will look pretty good.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1183

John from New York calls in to ask Scott a Home Theater question - John has a Samsung Plasma HDTV that's starting to get horizontal lines and was told that to avoid replacing it, if he can replace the "Y axis" board to repair it. Thoughts? Scott says that it could be some sort of driver circuitry and it begs the question ... should you repair it or replace it with an LED TV. The rule of thumb is to keep replacement parts for up to 7 years, so there may be parts available for at least the next few months.