No, it's still a skill set, just a different one - the main problem is cost (often it's too expensive to do) and the very limited time that replacement panels are even available.Most people can not board swap.
It's nice to have the option, but now it's common practice for manufacturers to not even make the circuit diagrams available, so you're working very much in the dark.Nothing wrong with swapping whole boards if its a viable option. Sometimes its more cost/time effective to do so and you can always go back and dig the scrap board out later if you have time for it. I definitely prefer having the options of repair or replace at my disposal.
There are no schematics in my field so I am used to working in the darkIt's nice to have the option, but now it's common practice for manufacturers to not even make the circuit diagrams available, so you're working very much in the dark.
Seems tv's never hold up that well. I could see someone doing pretty good for themselves as a mobile TV repair man. Schematics or not. I have surely had a few fail on me. The first one was out of warranty. I dug into it and determined the ysus was bad fairly quickly. Took it out and tossed the board in my to do pile but ended up seeing one on ebay for $20-$30. No sense taking time away from better paying work for $30. Even if I was doing this as a job for someone I could see it being worth time saved vrs the added 20/30 profit. Plus you can always repair it later and reuse/sell.Essentially you do warranty repairs now, and once it's out of warranty throw it away and buy a new one.
As a Sony service agent I replaced MANY LCD panels over the years (it's by FAR the most common failure on a decent make LCD TV), and sometimes I even replaced them out of warranty, as some Sony LCD panels were quite reasonably priced. However,since a few years ago they no longer supply LCD panels, either in or out of warranty - instead they supply an exchange TV (either the same model, or a later similar spec model) if the LCD fails - it's called AES (Advanced Exchange Scheme). Under warranty it's obviously free to the customer, but out of warranty it's a 'special' price - so 'special' that it's more than the original cost of the TV was.
So again, once out of warranty, throw it away.
You are definitely getting poor quality ones!The manual solder suckers I used to get seamed like they were only good for a few projects before falling apart or maybe I was just getting poor quality ones.
My exact one (or two, one at home and one at work) - I tell a lie - three, two at work, one in a draw, and one in my overall pocket.
Not really so, modern TV's (particularly Sony ones) are extremely reliable.Seems tv's never hold up that well. I could see someone doing pretty good for themselves as a mobile TV repair man. Schematics or not.
i worked at a major retailer's service center for 9 years. they sell a TV for less than what they would charge for any one of the 3 parts (panel, main pcb, and power supply). when the warranty expires, they expect you to buy a new one. most manufacturers of "smart" devices only provide firmware upgrades for a limited time. panasonic is the worst with that one, they cut off firmware updates almost as soon as the warranty period is over. other manufacturers like samsung and lg seem to provide firmware updates up to about 1.5-2 years after the warranty expires. as far as pricing repair parts out of reach, panasonic again is the worst. for a blu-ray player that costs $200 in the store, the replacement cost of the power supply is $250, the drive is $600, and the main board is $400.But cost is the main factor - "Yes Mrs. Smith, we've repaired your £500 TV for you, that will be £728.64, thank you"