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Have the TV Repaired or Buy a New One

Updated on November 25, 2016

Did you know that according to Nielsen that?

  • The average American watches just over 5 hours of television a day.
  • People over the age of 50 watch approximately 50 hours of television a week; people between 25 and 34 watch 26.5 hours weekly, and 35 to 49 year olds watch approximately 36 hours per week.
  • On average, Americans are watching 19 minutes less per day than they did two years ago.

So, even with the slight decrease in number of minutes in front of the television, we are still spending a great deal of time watching television. We have our shows, sporting events, DVR programs and Netflix and we have no shame in talking about watching (read, binging) on full seasons of shows or all day marathons on television. Consequently, we expect to have a television that works when needed. But, like any other appliance in a home TV repairs can occasionally be needed.

Of course, that behooves the questions as to whether it is time to replace or repair a television. And, while the instinct to have the television repaired is viable, it may be that a TV repair is not the best option and it is necessary to purchase a new TV. Should you find yourself purchasing rather than repairing a television, then knowing what to look for in order to keep TV repairs at a minimum is important.

  • Don’t buy a TV with less than 1080p resolution or less than a 120 HZ refresh rate.
  • If you want to still have your TV 5 years from now, consider a 4K Ultra HD.
  • Ignore contrast ratio specs as manufacturers fudge the numbers; trust what you can see.
  • Look for a model with at least 4 HDMI ports.
  • Curved TVs don’t benefit quality, they are only designed that way for the aesthetic element.
  • Most TVs today are “smart TVs” – this is not a valid selling point.
  • Avoid extended warranties.
  • Plan to buy a sound bar as most television sets today have the speakers located behind the screen and the sound quality leaves much to be desired.
  • Measure the amount of space in your room before buying a TV, be sure it will fit in the place you plan to install it. With a 32-inch TV you should give yourself 4-5 feet of space while a 43-inch TV should have 5-7 feet of space. Give yourself at least 8-10 feet of space when dealing with TVs which are 50” or larger. Likewise, know how large your vehicle is, if you plan on bringing home the television.
  • Choose a TV that you are comfortable operating. Play around with its features in the showroom, to determine if it is something you can live with.

These tips can help make the television buying process easier, and help you keep TV repairs at a minimum. If you have questions about potential TV repairs or what type of sets require the least amount of maintenance, then talk to a local TV repair person and get their input. Yu will be glad that you did.

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of tv repairs. One such site worth visiting is

Janet Slagell independently authors articles for, Inc. for search engine marketing. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those solely of the author, and not of any other person, company or organization. No guarantee or warranty, express or implied, is made regarding the accuracy, fitness, or use of the content herein.


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