How to Fix a Cracked TV Screen (STEPS)


Can you fix a crack in a TV?

Yes, you can fix the screen on your own when there’s minor damage like a scratch or a hairline crack. But major damage like a big scratch or crack, will cost you more to repair than the cost of your TV.

Major damages affect the plasma components, which are beneath the TV screen. For this reason, the repair cost becomes huge, so I don’t recommend repairing the screen if the damage is a major one.

 

Types of cracks on a TV screen

Here are a few common types of cracks on a TV screen:

  • Small Dots
  • Vertical Lines
  • Spots on Screen
  • Cracks
  • Broken Screen

 

  • Small Dots: If your TV screen has small dots, the LEDs are burned or defective. Or, it can also be due to a fallen reflector. You can fix the fallen reflector by uninstalling your TV. 
  • Vertical Lines: A faulty TV screen is the cause of vertical lines. To fix it, you may need to open your TV panel and check for the root cause of the issue. 
  • Spots on Screen: A TV screen with multiple small spots signals that you may have to repair or replace the LCD panel. Spots mostly occur due to internal damage to the screen. 
  • Cracks: If there are one or more cracks on your TV screen, the repair will depend on the major cracks. Cracks may occur due to regular wear and tear. 
  • Broken Screen: A broken screen is major damage that’ll need extensive repair or replacement. If the breakage is massive, repairing the screen will cost you higher than usual.

 

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Is it worth fixing a cracked smart TV screen?

Whether it’s worth fixing a cracked smart TV screen depends on how massive the damage is.

Minor damage will require minimal repair, which is worth it as the cost will also be nominal. If the damage is massive, a repair won’t be worth it because you’ll need to spend a huge cost.

 

Sometimes, the repair charges for damaged smart TV screens exceed the price of a new smart TV.

 

How much does it cost to fix a cracked TV screen?

The usual cost to fix a cracked TV screen can be anything from $100 to $1000.

If the screen is affected due to a lighting issue, the cost would be $100-$200. For vertical and horizontal lines, the cost would be around $150-$400. To repair a cracked screen, you may need to invest $400-$1,000.

The above charges are based on the common TV screen damage issues. Most LCD and LED smart TVs cracks can be fixed within $400. If the damage is major, the cost can go higher than the estimation.

 

How to fix a cracked smart TV screen without replacing it?

You must try various methods to fix a cracked smart TV screen without replacing it.

There are different types of fixes depending upon the type of damage. In most cases, you don’t need to open the TV screen panel first. You need to know what damage has occurred to try the best method to repair it.

You need to fix a budget if you don’t want to replace your cracked smart TV screen. You can do the same by knowing the cause of the damage. A damaged TV screen can be repaired when you know the right method and have the best tools.

 

How to fix a cracked smart TV screen

To fix a cracked TV screen, you need to fix scratches, repair dead pixels or fix spider web cracks.

Fixing TV cracks is possible if the cracks are minor. Also, the repair will be easy if you spot the damage in the beginning. It’ll lead to major damage if you delay.

The tools you need for these fixes are soft cloth, petroleum jelly, and a pencil eraser.

 

Fix Scratches

Here’s how you can fix scratches on your smart TV screen:

  1. Turn your TV OFF.
  2. Wipe the screen gently with water with the help of a soft cloth.
  3. Wait until the TV screen gets fully dry.
  4. Fill the scratches with small portions of petroleum jelly.
  5. Clean the excess jelly with the dried soft cotton cloth.
  6. Turn your TV ON once again to see the changes.

 

Repair Dead Pixels

To repair dead pixels from your smart TV screen, follow the method below:

  1. Turn your TV OFF.
  2. Rub the dead pixels using a pencil eraser.
  3. Turn your TV ON to see if the pixels are alive.

Make sure that you rub the pixels gently. Rubbing the pixels too hard can lead to permanent damage.

 

Fix Spider Web Cracks

The process to fix spider web cracks is below:

  1. Turn your TV OFF.
  2. Use a pencil eraser to rub OFF the spider web cracks.
  3. Wipe the residue of the eraser using a soft cloth.
  4. Switch ON your TV and see if the scratch is gone.

 

Why does my TV screen look cracked but isn’t?

Your TV screen looks cracked but isn’t due to the reflection of any cracked object on the screen. This happens when the TV is in the opposite direction of a window or a wall light. The reflection creates an illusion on the screen.

To check whether your TV screen is cracked, you can use a soft cloth to wipe it gently. You can also try replacing your TV in another spot where there’s no direct light source in the opposite direction. If the TV screen appears spotless, it means a reflection or water spot was the reason.

 

Can you fix an internally cracked TV screen?

Yes, you can fix an internally cracked TV screen at home. To do it, you may need to open the TV screen panel.

Fixing an internally cracked TV screen is easy when you know the damage on the screen. You can do it by looking at the damage. Some possible damages are horizontal or vertical lines, minor scratches, spider web cracks, etc.

To open the TV screen panel, you need a screwdriver of the size of your TV screws. Once you open the panel, you need to reinstall the internal parts. After the repair, turn your TV ON again and see the changes.

Make sure your turn your TV OFF before trying the above method. Also, you must disconnect all the external devices and cables from your TV before starting.

If the problem is still there, you can consider contacting the customer care team of your TV brand so that they can help you professionally.

 

Is it safe to use a LED TV with a cracked screen?

It depends on how severe the crack is on the TV screen. If the crack is external, it’s safe to use the TV.

If the crack is internal, using the TV may not be safe. This is because heat will start generating from the cracked LED, which can be toxic and harmful to your health.

I’ll still recommend you fix the crack as soon as possible. Otherwise, the damage will expand if you don’t repair it early.

 

How to fix an internal crack on an LED TV screen?

If there’s an internal crack on your LED TV screen, you need to replace the LED screen by following the method below.

When an LED TV screen cracks from the inside, the best way to fix it is by replacing the screen with a new one, as you won’t be able to repair the internal crack possibly.

 

The tool you need for this method is a screwdriver.

  1. Unplug your LED TV from the mount.
  2. Disconnect all external devices and cables.
  3. Lay your TV gently on a flat surface. The screen should face the ground.
  4. Remove the screws with a screwdriver.
  5. Take the frame out and other internal cables.
  6. Remove your LED TV screen.
  7. Replace it with the new screen and fix all internal cables.
  8. Fix the screen and all external cables.
  9. Turn your TV ON.

 

What causes an LCD screen to crack?

Usually, the causes leading to the crack of an LCD screen are physical pressures such as poking or twisting the screen while placing it.

Wiping the screen hard or an accidental fall of the TV can lead to a mild or major crack in the screen.

LCD screens are quite delicate and prone to damage because they are very thin in most TVs and laptops.

 

  • Poking
  • Twisting
  • Wiping Hard
  • Accidental Fall

 

Poking

If there’s any water spot or dirt on the screen, some users poke the screen with their fingers to clean it. It can lead to a mild crack in the LCD screen. Instead, it’s always better to gently wipe the screen with a soft cloth.

 

Twisting

  • While changing the location of your TV and installing it, if you twist the screen hard, it may crack or break. So you need to be very gentle while handling your LCD TV.

 

Wiping Hard

Some users clean their TV screen very hard, which may lead to a minor crack on the outside of the LCD screen. Using a soft cotton cloth and wiping it gently will help you avoid the minor crack.

 

Accidental Fall

An accidental fall is the most unfortunate case leading to a major LCD TV screen crack. It usually happens while mounting a TV or handling it. Be very careful when you mount or handle it.

 

Can a cracked LCD screen be fixed?

Unfortunately, a cracked LCD screen cannot be fixed. The only way to fix the TV is to replace the LCD screen.

LCD screen cracks are permanent, and there’s no way to repair the cracks. 

If the crack is external, you can still use petroleum jelly to fill it. You cannot repair any internal crack.

If the replacement cost is huge, the best way out is to buy a new LCD TV instead of replacing the screen only.

 

What happens if an LCD TV screen cracks?

If an LCD TV screen cracks, there’s a chance of spreading liquid crystals all over the screen, which usually leak from the crack.

So if your LCD TV screen is cracked and you still want to use it, there’s no guarantee that the TV will show you accurate visuals in the other parts. If the crack spreads, the screen will gradually show distorted colors.

For this reason, many people consider replacing the screen or buying a new LCD TV.

 

Can a cracked OLED TV screen be fixed?

The only way to fix a cracked OLED TV screen is to replace it. You cannot technically repair the crack that has already happened.

A cracked OLED TV screen is beyond any repair because you won’t be able to restore it. In most cases, OLED TVs crack due to physical damage or pressure.

If you still want to fix your OLED TV, you need to replace the screen. But, buying a new TV will be a better idea if the cost is too high.

 

How to fix a cracked LCD TV screen

To fix a cracked LCD TV screen, you need to replace the screen by following the method below.

It would help if you had a screwdriver to replace your LCD TV screen at home.

  1. Unplug your LCD TV.
  2. Disconnect all external devices, cables, etc.
  3. Lay your TV gently on a flat surface. The screen should face the ground.
  4. Remove the screws with a screwdriver.
  5. Discard the frame and other internal cables.
  6. Remove your LCD TV screen.
  7. Replace it with the new screen.
  8. Fix all internal cables.
  9. Fix the screen and all external cables.
  10. Turn your TV back ON.

 

What happens when an OLED TV screen cracks?

When an OLED TV screen cracks, the crack tends to spread gradually.

The crystal gel of the OLED panel leaks from the crack, spreading the whole screen. 

For this reason, the best way to fix this problem is to order a new OLED screen and replace the old one.

The high charges of a new OLED screen may disappoint you further. So I recommend buying a new OLED TV instead of replacing the screen.

 

How much does it cost to replace an OLED TV screen?

The cost will be around $100-$400 to replace an OLED TV screen.

The light-emitting diodes in OLED TVs are organic, so the replacement charge is higher than the normal LED TV screens.

 

How to fix a cracked OLED TV screen

The only way to fix a cracked OLED TV screen is to replace it by following the method below.

The tool you need to do the replacement is a screwdriver.

  1. Disconnect your OLED TV.
  2. Remove all external devices and cables.
  3. Place your TV gently on a flat surface with the screen facing the ground.
  4. Remove the screws with the help of a screwdriver.
  5. Take the frame out along with other internal cables.
  6. Remove your OLED TV screen.
  7. Replace the old screen with the new screen.
  8. Connect all internal cables.
  9. Fix the screen and all external cables.
  10. Switch ON your TV.

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