Digging around for information on how to repair flat screen televisions such as LCD and Plasma TVs is not a walk in the park. The information you are likely to find out there will be confusing and in some instances, will come at a high price. So I came up with the following tips to help those scouring the internet for television repair related information become more efficient at finding free or low-cost information so they do not spend most of their time searching but instead spend it actually learning how to repair LCD and plasma TVs.
These tips are more intended for the beginners who are looking for do-it-yourself (DIY) TV repair tips but experienced electronics technicians may also benefit from them:
Tip # 1: Dig Deep
The top search engine results of the search engines for relevant search phrases typically point you to the websites of service shops that are offering repair servicing for a fee and are therefore not useful to those looking for DIY information. From my experience, the information you need are usually buried deep in the search results pages and are far in between. A good analogy for this is a can of the good old pork and beans. Most of the stuff you will scoop up will be beans. Pork will be an occasional treat but it will usually be worth it.
Tip # 2: Ask Some Questions
There are a whole lot of online forums out there that deal with DIY TV repair. You could check them out to get help for specific problems you are having. Ones that easily come to mind is Answers.Yahoo.com and that nifty website called FixYa.com. The problem with these sites though are that you are at the mercy of chance because you can not really choose who you are going to ask or know who are going to be able to see your question and if ever you do get an answer, you have no idea about his/her level of expertise on the matter. Furthermore, There is also a really good chance that you'll need to wait hours, days or even months for the information you are asking. Most of us may not have that time to wait. Also, if you do get an answer, it is usually a good idea to have it seconded by another reliable source. This route is pretty time-consuming.
Tip # 3: Join Online Communities
The best thing about the internet is the assurance that you are not alone. Chances are there will always be other people out there that are having the same problems as you and are looking for the same answers. Forum Sites like http://www.TV-Forums.com is an example of zero-cost membership sites where you can find and exchange ideas and get relevant information about electronics repair. Like in Tip # 2, you should consider the drawbacks on relying on these websites.
Tip # 4: Pay for the Right Information
A number of sites out there are offering information (e-books, service manuals, videos) as a business. The ones I have seen so far sell service manuals for a price of around USD 10 to USD 30 per electronic copy. If you are looking to fix just one television unit then this might turn out to be a more cost effective option for you--- if and only if you already know what you are doing and are experienced enough in handling electronics. Also, remember that what you get from these sites are merely service manuals and schematics and from my experience, those things will look like calculus to the novice. And yet there are those low-cost membership sites that offer beginner-friendly step-by-step instructions to help you decipher any service or repair manual that you get. These sites are highly recommended if you wish to do everything right and excel in this arena.
Tip # 5: Protect Yourself
Searching deep into search engine result pages tends to get you into possible contact with sites that may be of doubtful nature. There might be some of those sites that might try to do harm to your PCs so I advise everyone to be careful and to always get your anti-virus and spyware programs updated and running when you go surfing the above mentioned sites.
Looking for LCD and Plasma television repair information online can be a rewarding experience as it can be disastrous and expensive. My hope is that with the help of these tips you will be able to steer clear any disaster and will not spend more than you really need to.