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Is this worth fixing?

I have a 46-inch Samsung DLP that's six years old. The sharpness of the picture has faded in the past year, which I figure was a signal to replace the bulb. Never did that, but now it has a high-pitched whirrrring sound that, according to what I've read on the web, indicates a faulty color wheel.

By the time I spend a few hundred on parts, and then whatever it would cost for labor, is it worth having this repaired? Or should I bite the bullet and buy something new (and then, what would you recommend)?

Thanks for your help.

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Is this worth fixing?


There are lots of options, and with the prices of flat-panels today, the repair (depending on the actual diagnosis) may or may not be a comparable amount.

Without diagnosing or having an estimate, it's hard to say. I'll let other forum members jump in.


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Thanks for the response

T'm figuring in the least it'll need a new bulb and a new color wheel. I have no idea what labor rates are, although I was told by one service that there would be an up-front charge of $150 just to get a technician to my house to diagnose it, plus cost of the parts and time to install them.

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DLP repairs

There seem to be a number of guides on the web for DIY replacement of these parts, though the wheel is a bit more complicated than the lamp. Judge for yourself whether it's practical. Looks like the wheels are around $100 and the lamps $150+.

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color wheel

I have replaced my color wheel 2 years ago myself, found a website with pics on exactly how to do this,wasnt real hard. Part was about $100.

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