Things You Can Do With a Broken LCD TV

By Harvey Spector

If your LCD TV has broken don’t rush right to the trash bin. You have quite a few options available for your broken LCD TV.

Whether your LCD TV has a broken screen, display issues, problems with the speaker or other issues, you have a few options to get more value out of it.

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Inexpensive Replacements: If your TV is getting older, it may be best to just replace it. There are many affordable models of LCD TVs on the market today.

Warranty Invalidation: If your TV is still under warranty, your first step should always be to take it to the manufacturer. Trying to fix it on your own or taking it to a repair shop that is not certified could invalidate the warranty.

Repair Your LCD TV

The first option you should look into is having the device repaired. If the television is still under warranty, take it to the original retailer. If not, take it elsewhere for a repair estimate. While you don’t often see dedicated TV repair shops anymore, there are still locations that do this type of work — search online for electronics repair locations in your area. A few major big-box chains that sell electronics, such as Best Buy and Sears, also repair certain makes and models of TVs. Depending on what is wrong with the television, this could be a simple and inexpensive job that someone can complete for you without a problem.

Sell Your LCD TV

Some people buy broken TVs for parts that they can use to repair other sets, and others might be interested in a TV that has only a specific problem that they can live with. Consider listing your TV on a local classified ads site: You likely won't be able to earn much for a broken device, but you may be able to sell it for a minimal amount of money. When listing your LCD TV on a classified site, you'll get more responses if you include a picture of the television as well as relevant details such as the year you bought it, the size and the manufacturer. Research other listings to come up with an asking price, and if you don't receive many responses at first, try listing the price as negotiable and ask for offers.

Recycle Your LCD TV

If none of the other options work for you, you can always recycle the television. Almost all cities have an electronics recycling area where you can bring the TV, where it will then be broken down and recycled. This is a much more environmentally friendly option than simply throwing it in the trash. Some areas do not even allow you to put TVs in the normal trash that goes to the local landfill. This is because many flat screen TVs have mercury in them, which can be harmful to the environment.

According to the EPA, many large companies like Staples and Best Buy offer free recycling services for televisions and other electronics. Visit the EPA site to get a full list of companies that provide this service. Recycling TVs and other electronics has become increasingly common: According to Earth911, between 3 and 4 million tons of electronics were recycled in 2011.