Ways to Deal With a Broken TV Screen

by Anne B. Robinson

We’ve all experienced having a broken TV screen at some point in our life. But not many of us know what to do in this situation. For that reason, I’ve answered a few questions you may have to help you figure out the best solution for you.

Causes of TV Screen Breakage

There are multiple reasons why your screen might be broken. One of the more common ones is that your screen experienced some kind of direct hit. It can be either because it was accidentally knocked off of its stand or because something hard hit it.

Another reason might be related to the weather. Extreme heat may cause your TV to experience some internal damage, which leads to an apparent crack in the screen.

Can You Fix It Yourself?

Unless you’re very proficient in how electronics are made, then it may be better to consult a professional to check your TV. This is to avoid causing further damage to it and avoid any unintentional injuries while working on it.

Treatment of Broken TV Screen

First, you need to make sure there aren’t any sharp parts sticking out of your screen to avoid injuries from occurring. You should also be careful handling it if there are any stray wires to not accidentally jolt yourself.

If you want to try out your luck fixing it, you can buy a broken TV with the same model as your own. But make sure that its screen is still in good condition.

Once you have the TV, you can start laying it down on a flat surface, then unscrew the back cover. You’ll notice the motherboard once you open it up. Carefully unplug it from the TV and do the same with your TV. Then, take the motherboard from your old TV and replug it into the new one.

Your TV should be able to start up with a perfectly functional screen! And instead of throwing it out, you can resell the remaining parts of the broken TV.

How Much Does It Cost to Repair?

The repair cost will depend on just how significant the damage is. If the issues you’re encountering are included in your still valid warranty, then the TV company or electronics shop will usually shoulder the repair cost, and you won’t have to worry about paying anything. And if you did pay, it won’t cost a lot.

However, broken screens are usually not included in the warranty. And there’s also the chance that it’s included, but your warranty is already expired. In this case, you’ll need to pay the entire repair cost.

The price of replacing a broken TV screen differs depending on what type of TV you own. It can range from 100$ up to 400$ and even more if you add in the labor and delivery costs.

Is It Worth Repairing?

As I’ve mentioned above, the cost for repairing a broken screen is almost the same as buying a brand new TV, and it may even cost more. And that’s because it’s usually challenging to repair the screen. Most technicians will just replace the entire panel with a new one rather than spend time fixing the old one.

For this reason, it may not be worth it, and you can save money by buying a new TV rather than trying to fix your broken one. However, if you’d rather keep your TV for any reason, then you can always contact your technician and go ahead with the repairs!

Preventive Measures

There are multiple ways to prevent your TV from ending in an unfortunate state.

First, if you have kids or pets that may threaten your TV’s wellbeing by knocking it off the table, you can consider mounting it on the wall and out of their reach. As long as it’s high up, then the chances of reaching it will be close to zero. Unless they somehow acquire superpowers, or worse, a ball, everything should be good!

Second, heat and cold can cause your screen to crack. So to prevent this, you can install a TV enclosure. This will help protect your TV from extreme temperatures.

Lastly, you can try applying a screen protector. Like how they protect our phones, screen protectors do a great job protecting TVs from any accidental cracks or scratches.


After we’ve discussed what to do if your TV screen is broken and how to prevent it, you can now decide whether you want to replace your TV or try repairing it. Either way, in the end, you’ll hopefully have a working TV to once again enjoy your favorite shows on!

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