Power-on issue with Samsung LCD
My wife and I purchased a Samsung 40" LCD TV (LN-S4051D) from BestBuy here in Orlando, Florida, in April of 2006. Three years later, well outside of the company's one year coverage, our $2,800.00 television has ceased turning on when the power switch is depressed. We chose not to purchase an extended warranty for a couple of reasons: one, it was bloody expensive, and two, nothing ever goes wrong with LCD TV's, right? Wrong.
After calling Samsung and being told that this was an unusual problem, and most likely an issue with the power supply, I contacted the repair company that Samsung customer service gave me the local number for. I was informed that they would not be able to get to our TV for about five days and the cost would be just shy of $400.00. Aaarrgh! I did a little looking on the web and found a posiTVely reviewed local shop and called. He said he could come out the next day at 2pm to look at the set. As it turns out he had some technical issues at his shop but neglected to call and let us know. My wife had taken off from work so that she could be at the house when he showed up. Oh, allow me to back up just a moment and explain my personal situation. I was in an accident in '03 that left me a paraplegic, paralyzed from the chest down. I am currently confined to bed due to complications associated with a pressure lesion. My 12-year-old daughter is on summer vacation right now and my wife was not comfortable with her being home with a stranger coming to the house, and me not being able to protect her in the unlikely event that he engage in criminal behavior. Orlando has become that kind of town over the years. Getting back on point, he came out to the house two-and-a half hours late and did nothing more than verify that the TV was doing what we'd already told him it was doing. He said he'd have to go back to his shop and get the price for the part he'd have to replace and give us a call the following day with a total. He was also certain to appropriate his $55.00 for the visit. I ended up having to call him the following day, around one, and was told that it would cost $385.00 minus the $55.00 already paid. Having a difficult time coming to terms with the expense involved in repairing an infant TV, I engaged in some additional research one the web.
I managed to find a fount of information on a site called "The Tech Report". Here I discovered over 140 entries concerning the same issue we were having with our set. Granted, some were by the same individuals, engaging in dialogue. However, here were a LOT of people suffering with the same problem on varying sizes of screen. After a period of delayed turn-ons lasting about a week, their sets would simply stop turning on. Whether using the remote or pushing the power button on the front of the set, the TV's relay would click and then the red LED above the power button would blink four times, followed by nothing. Many folks were finding success by going to Radio Shack, spending a little over $7, and replacing capacitors on board BN44-00134A at locations CS806, CM811, CM812 and CM817. After desoldering the visibly bulging, and at times oozing, capacitors and soldering in the new ones, the TV's turned right on. In only a few circumstances did replacing the caps not solve the problem. Oddly, replacing board #BN94-00864A proved to be the solution in these cases. Many were asking, with so many sets suffering from obviously faulty capacitors, why was Samsung not issuing a recall or offering a simple repair program of some kind, given that the solution was ultimately so inexpensive. Upon calling Samsung, many were told that this was the first that they were hearing of this problem. That reeks of pure dishonesty, as far as I'm concerned. One would expect a more forthright approach from a company as large and presumably respected as Samsung. When we originally bought the TV, I remember telling my wife that Samsung was no longer the same laughable company that it was back in the 80's and early 90's. It had become comparable with Sony in the new millennium as Sony's quality had tapered off somewhat. Now I strongly question the validity of that statement. I find it unforgivable that Samsung is unwilling to stand behind its products in this case of obviously inferior components being used on several models' circuit boards. I will be making a conscious effort for many years to avoid buying any Samsung products, while my friends and family have most certainly been made aware of our issues with the company.
Needless to say, I called the repairman the same evening and told him we were not going to have the TV repaired. Obviously, that left us out the $55 for nothing, but I was hoping the $7 spent at Radio Shack would solve our problem. My father came by and replaced the caps for me, but to no avail. The TV still behaved the same. Next is replacing the power board at $99. At least $162 is still a bit less than $385. One website indicates that circuit board part# BN94-00864A is the most commonly failed part in these Samsung televisions. We've got our fingers crossed.