It's everyone's worst nightmare; a minor act of carelessness at home, and one of your most expensive household appliances breaks. If the worst-case-scenario has happened, and your television has a huge crack running across the screen (or even a minor hairline fracture), this article will explain what the financial consequences are likely to be.

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Your TV repair costs depend on the type of TV that you have. There are several different types; LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), LED (Liquid Crystal Display with LED backlighting instead of the cold-cathode technique employed by traditional LCD Televisions) and Plasma (which uses inert gases to emit pictures on screen) Televisions.

LED

LED televisions are one of the most expensive designs, and can be equally expensive to repair. If a scratch or crack appears, the usual cost of repair is 85% of the original cost of the television (as new). The reason for the high cost involved is largely due to the fact that the screen itself cannot simply be repaired, but it will need to be replaced. This is a complicated procedure for the repairman, and an expensive repair for you as the owner to fund.

Unfortunately, it may make more financial sense to buy a new LED television , Check out your home insurance policy, manufacturer's warranty or store bought insurance cover to see if you are covered.

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LCD

With LCD screens; you have a good chance that the set can be repaired; LCD technology involves the fitting of a plastic screen between sections of glass. If the plastic screen itself has been fractured, this can be replaced at a comparatively minor cost compared with the overall cost of buying a new further analysis.

However, if the LCD is the part damaged (as opposed to the plastic section of sheeting), then the costs involved may be much greater.

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Plasma

The damage here depends on the extent of the crack. If the fracture is deep-seated, the gas may already have escaped from between the two glass panels comprising your Plasma screen. In the event that this has happened, your Plasma television will no longer be able to project images. If the damage is considerable, you will need to replace your television,, since Plasma screens can not be repaired once the captured gases have disseminated.

If, on the other hand, the fracture is minor, and the Plasma gases do not yet appear to have escaped, stick a section of Sellotape over the glass screen, and do not use your Television until you can take it along to be repaired. If you cannot reach arrange a repair within a short space of time, try filling in the cracks by dabbing petroleum jelly onto a paintbrush and painting them over the splits; this should stop the damage from worsening and solve the problem temporarily.

You can tell if gas has started or is still escaping by feeling around the cracked area; does it feel wet or cold? If it does, then this is an indication that gas is seeping out.

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Updated On:

Aug 15, 2012

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