By Trae Jacobs,
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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.
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.