I doubt there is, but I figure there are folks here who know more about TVs than I do.
My TV is a Samsung 50" LED smartTV that I bought a little less than 2 years ago at Best Buy for about $450. I did not get the extended warranty. A week ago, I started noticing that the image had thin, grey lines running horizontally across it about every 1/2". It was kind of subtle, but still sort of like watching the TV through a window screen. Then, on Thursday morning, the image started getting majorly distorted and a little while later it disappeared altogether. Well, there is an odd shaped almost little circle of dim light in the bottom left corner (about 2" in diameter, not exactly a circle, but roughly circular).
I can’t get any image to show up on the screen, either from my cable box or by using the TV’s remote to call up the TV’s set-up menu. Nothing (other than that crazy little circle thing). I tried moving the HDMI cable to the other port, but that didn’t do anything. I scrolled through the “source” option on my TV remote, even though I couldn’t see the options on the screen, I could tell I had made it through all the options.
I hate to toss the TV, so I’m wondering if there is a possibility of getting it fixed. Perhaps someone might open the back and swap out a board? I’m guessing here, but I don’t know if there are even people who do this sort of thing anymore. And I could probably get a new TV for $400 or less, so it’s more about not creating waste than worrying about the money. I suspect getting it fixed, if even possible, would be at at least $200.
On a side note, I made a pledge to myself not to buy any non-essential consumer items this year, and the TV would fall into that category. So no new TV for me until January. Getting it fixed would allow me to keep my pledge but still have my TV before January. Actually, I do have an old tube TV gathering dust somewhere. I can pull that out so I wouldn’t be completely TV-less for the next month or so.
Thanks in advance for the advice!