I have fixed quite a few TVs with repair parts such as diodes, capacitors, and data cables found on eBay for less than $5. Most newer TVs have a few boards connected to an LCD, and it’s usually one of these boards that fails. My latest successful fix was a Samsung UN55NU710DFXZA Smart TV that would not power on after working with no problems for the last 3 years. There were no signs of life; no LEDs, no noises, no response to any of the buttons or remote.
Is it worth trying to fix a TV? Yes. In this case my client saved close to $380.00
The first step is to find the problem. I removed the back cover and physically inspected the boards looking for any obvious damage. If I find no physical damage, I proceed to test the different electrical and electronic components. Unfortunately you do need a bit of knowledge for this and you may be lucky enough to have an electronics repair shop close by willing to do the job. Some people go straight to replacing every board by purchasing them online.
Warning: TVs operate at high voltages so please proceed with caution once you remove the covers. If you do not feel comfortable working on a project like this, please seek professional help.
Essentially, the next step is to isolate the problem by testing components individually. A good idea is to start with the Power Board and unplug everything from it, including any other boards. As soon as I did that and added power, the LEDs turned on:
This hinted at the fact that the problem could be the Main Board, sometimes called other names such as Media board. The video below is excellent at explaining how to isolate the problem and test different components.
Once we have an idea on what to replace first, in my case, the Main Board, we need to find all the important model, product, firmware and other numbers/codes that will help us find a replacement. We start by analyzing the TVs and Boards’ labels:
The next step was to order a new Main Board, and here are some important tips. For this example, we will be using eBay, but this applies to any electronics store:
I removed the old Main Board, installed the new one and added power. Immediately I saw the stand-by LED on the power button lit up. I then pressed the power button and Voila!
Another useful video showing how to replace all types of TV boards: