is it worth repairing a samsung with the "no power, flashing red light" syndrome? Tv is 6 yrs old.

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My Samsung 32" is having the same power light flashing but no power to be found -- worked a few times but now, nothing, as I have read multiple times. I fix a lot of things however I do not solder (could learn, do not want to). If I decide to take it to repair shop I believe it will cost about the same as it cost me 6 yrs. ago. Or in your opinion, is it worth repairing?
 
Agreed. A TV that old is not worth repairing, you can get a 32" VA or IPS for $248.00

http://www.amazon.com/VIZIO-E32-C1-32-Inch-1080p-Smart/dp/B00SMBF3NS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448353620&sr=8-1&keywords=vizio+32%22

That one is a VA, that I'm personally a fan of, but there are cheap LG's as well, they use IPS in their TV's.

Same pricepoint:

http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-32LF5600-32-Inch-1080p/dp/B00TRQPYFY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448353821&sr=8-1&keywords=32%22+LG+1080



If you decide to upgrade, now is the time. Though there officially is no HDR standard for UHD (4k) TV's, which is really what's going to make them stand out compared to FHD 1080 TV's. As well as HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 which are just specs, but they need to exist as well, universally. So I don't recommend spending money on one just yet. But you should look into a new 1080p set, as probably your current one is 720p, with a really old panel, so again, don't repair your old set...




All the best!
 

Shaun o

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I can tell you what the problem is with a 6 year old LCD tv.

It will be a few capacitors on the power board section inside of it.
When you get a situation where the power light stays on then goes off after a few seconds it the case.

Depending on how many capacitors you need to replace, will be how much it will cost.
You are not going to be able to work this out till you visually inspect the power board section of the Samsung Lcd Tv though.

I take it you know how to identify when a capacitor is worn out or is not functioning correctly by visual inspection, the tell tale signs to look for that tells you it`s damaged.

In some cases though it`s more than just a few capacitors.
It can be down to the transformers on the board.
Typically on a power board your looking at about one to two transformers.
They are step down, to reduce voltage, where each will step the voltage down to feed another board such as the video input, decoding, and encoding, plus the output signals or frequency's, or a set section of the board if an all in one power and decoder board.

One transformer will also drive the white light, or back light array.
This part is High voltage.
The rest works on about 12v to 25v and above.
If the transformers of the Tv hum, or what we call oscillate then there pretty much done for.

And not worth attempting to fix or replace.

In such a case your better off getting the power board serial no.
Along with the model of Samsung tv, and buying a whole new power board that you will find on e-bay for as little as £20 or a little bit more.
 
Agreed. A TV that old is not worth repairing, you can get a 32" VA or IPS for $248.00

http://www.amazon.com/VIZIO-E32-C1-32-Inch-1080p-Smart/dp/B00SMBF3NS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448353620&sr=8-1&keywords=vizio+32%22

That one is a VA, that I'm personally a fan of, but there are cheap LG's as well, they use IPS in their TV's.

Same pricepoint:

http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-32LF5600-32-Inch-1080p/dp/B00TRQPYFY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448353821&sr=8-1&keywords=32%22+LG+1080



If you decide to upgrade, now is the time. Though there officially is no HDR standard for UHD (4k) TV's, which is really what's going to make them stand out compared to FHD 1080 TV's. As well as HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 which are just specs, but they need to exist as well, universally. So I don't recommend spending money on one just yet. But you should look into a new 1080p set, as probably your current one is 720p, with a really old panel, so again, don't repair your old set...




All the best!
 
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