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How Much Does It Cost to Repair a TV?

Alison Kasch
Written by Alison Kasch
Updated January 11, 2022
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Many TV repair costs average about $210, though TV screen repairs and other costly fixes might not always be worth it

Say it’s not so: You just sat down for a late-night Friends binge, and your TV is D.O.A. Or, perhaps your TV had a great fall, and now you’re stuck with a broken screen (and a broken heart, let’s be real). Still, it might not be time to say goodbye just yet: Many TV repair costs range between $60 to $350, so it’s worthwhile to seek an expert’s opinion.

In some cases, though, repairs aren’t possible or logical, so you may need a new gadget instead.

How Much Does It Cost to Repair a TV Yourself?

If you have a solid understanding of your TV and all its parts, there’s a chance that you might figure out repairs on your own. This DIY calls for advanced-level knowledge of electronics, if not professional expertise.

Before you begin, ensure your TV is not still under the manufacturer’s warranty. If it’s not, you’ll need to diagnose the issue before figuring out what replacement parts you need. Parts vary in cost depending on what you order. You may also have to pick up a voltmeter for around $20 and a precision screwdriver set for about $10.

Even if you’re extremely savvy, though, professional repair expenses are sometimes necessary. Fixing a cracked flat-screen TV is one of these, as this is very complex and might even be impossible to do on your own. It’s best to consult with a local TV repair specialist before investing any time (or money) into the project.

TV Repair Cost Breakdown

Breaking down your TV repair cost involves looking at replacement parts and labor. If you require pickup or delivery, this will affect prices as well.

Diagnostics

Some TV repair shops offer free estimates, while others will charge a diagnostic fee of around $40 to $85.

Replacement Parts

Individual replacement parts can vary considerably depending on what you need. A quick bulb change can be under $100, while a cracked screen replacement can rival the cost of a whole TV. Getting an estimate from a pro can help determine if your fix is worth it.

Labor

In many cases, labor will make up the bulk of your TV repair cost. Most TV repair shops charge between $60 and $125 per hour. Alternatively, some will charge a flat rate based on the type of repair you need.

Transportation

Unless you can fit your TV in the back of your spacious SUV, you may have to pay extra for pickup and delivery fees.

How Much Does Cracked Flat-Screen TV Repair Cost?

A cracked TV screen can be a major project, usually costing upwards of $300 to $500 or more. Unfortunately, there’s no feasible method for TV screen repair—your only option here is replacing it.

Depending on the size and specs, your cost to replace the screen could be as much as buying a new TV. Large LCD TV screens can get pricey, so there's a chance that you could save money to repair versus replace. Get in touch with a local LED/LCD TV repair specialist to find out your options.

How Much Do TV Repairs Cost by Type?

Average cost for types of TV repairs, with backlight repair ranging from $100 to $125

We’ve come a long way with flat screens—they’re now more ubiquitous and affordable than ever. They also become obsolete faster than you can finish watching Shrek for the 100th time.

That said, the prices for buying versus repairing a TV are often comparable, so it might make more sense to buy a new one altogether. Paying anything over 50% of the TV’s original cost is generally not a good investment.

Still, certain TV repair costs are justifiable. Below are some average prices for specific repairs to help you weigh your options.

TV Backlight Repair Cost

If your TV’s backlight needs repairing, it could cost between $100 and $125. This cost includes the replacement parts and labor.

Bulb Replacement

Replacing a flat-screen TV bulb can cost between $60 to $115 in total. If you’re experiencing sound with no picture, this is typically the culprit.

HDMI Port/Circuit Board Repair

Fixing a faulty HDMI port ranges from $95 to $300. It’s also possible that the circuit board that the HDMI port connects to is broken, which can cost between $200 and $350 to repair. This problem is evident if the circuit board randomly powers on and off.

TV Inverter Repair

Repairing your TV’s inverter could cost between $105 and $170. A bad inverter might distort your picture, dim your screen, or even prevent the TV from turning on.

Power Supply Board Repair Cost

If your TV’s power supply board goes bad, replacement parts and labor will run you about $250. For smaller and less expensive TVs, you’re better off buying a new one.

What Are TV Repair Costs by Style?

Different styles of flat screens have varying costs for repairs. Here are some average estimates for these popular styles:

  • LCD TV: $60–$400

  • LED TV: $60–$400

  • Plasma TV: $300–$400

  • 4K (Ultra HD): $100–$275

  • Smart TVs: $100–$400

FAQs About Repairing a TV

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How can I save money on my TV repair costs?

First, make sure you’re not still under the manufacturer’s warranty if something went wrong naturally. If you aren’t, then compare estimates from multiple repair shops before committing. Also, if you’re not doing so already, cutting your cable costs and streaming instead will help recoup your expenses over time, depending on how many subscriptions you purchase.

Is the cracked flat-screen TV repair cost worth it?

Only if you’re looking to reduce waste. More often than not, your cracked flat-screen TV repair cost will be comparable to, if not more than, the price of replacing it.

How much does Samsung TV repair cost?

Repairing a Samsung TV usually costs between $75 and $200. Contact a Samsung TV repair specialist near you for the most accurate cost estimate.

How much does it cost to mount a TV?

Installing a new flat-screen TV costs between $160 and $375 on average. A local TV mounting contractor can give you the most accurate price.