How to Fix a Broken TV Screen [ CRACKED Screen ]

How to fix a broken cracked tv screen
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A shattered screen on your TV is among the worst possible scenarios, if not THE worst.

You might be asking how to replace a shattered TV screen if you dropped your TV while moving it or if a child hurled a toy at it.

A damaged TV screen, unfortunately, cannot usually be fixed. There is no secondary market for old screens, and TV makers do not offer screen replacements.

This is because the TV’s screen is, by far, its most expensive component. It would be more expensive to replace it than to buy a new TV!

Many times, your neighborhood electronics or TV repair business won’t even think about fixing your broken TV screen.

They are aware that it just isn’t worth their time. Don’t even try to fix it yourself; instead, heed the advice of the experts.

Why are TV screens so expensive?

Let’s take a quick look at the production process and the components required to better understand why your TV screen is so expensive.

The likelihood that your television originated in China is relatively high if you recently purchased one.

Remarkably, the BOE Technology plant in Hefei the provincial capital of Anhui, China.

The BOE facility, which now produces the majority of US TV screens, is about a mile long and was built for roughly $7 BILLION.

boe factory where TV screens are made

BOE factory where TV screens are made

BOE is the source of TV screens for brands including Sony, Samsung, LG, Vizio, and others. It takes a lot of effort to construct a TV screen. For instance, consider an LCD:

“Two thin sheets of glass are joined to create liquid crystal display panels. Transistor “cells” were created on one of the sheets by first depositing a layer of the rare metal alloy ITO, which is transparent. That is how electrical impulses are sent to the center of a screen.

After that, a layer of silicon is deposited, and a further operation creates millions of finely formed transistor pieces. Each pixel (or dot) on the screen is represented by a small, individual cell that is built up by the repetition of this patterning procedure.

Each step must be a few microns properly aligned with the one before it. Keep in mind that human hair has a diameter of 40 microns.

To keep the facility operating, literally thousands of engineers are required.

The main cause of your TV screen’s high price is that it takes a lot of skill to create one, which is why there are so few manufacturers of them worldwide. Additionally, I’ve heard that just one in three TV screens make it through testing at the very end of the production process. In other words, two out of every three displays produced are useless!

Shipping Damage

Shipping Damaged tv screen

Shipping is another factor in TV screen prices.

The screens are manufactured in China and must then be transported globally before being marketed in the US.

They are expensive to ship, and significant damage can occur while in transit. Therefore, both complexity and transportation are factors in the high price of TV displays. T

he screen is never sold separately since it doesn’t make sense from a business standpoint. Circuit boards and cheap plastic make up the rest of your TV.

If a new TV costs $1,000, the screen will probably cost $800, and the plastic and electrical boards may cost $200.

Does a damaged TV screen fall under my warranty?

There is a significant probability that your warranty will cover any flaws, discoloration, lines, streaks, spots, or other issues with your TV screen (if they occur within the authorized time frame).

These kinds of manufacturing problems are usually covered by the first year of most TV warranties.

The good news in this situation is that the bulk of problems you’re likely to have with your TV will occur inside the first year (while you’re under the manufacturer’s warranty).

But if your screen actually breaks or cracks, you’re probably out of luck.

Even if it occurs within the initial year of ownership. This is so because TV warranties contain a provision stating what manufacturers will NOT cover, which very certainly includes the following:

  • cosmetic damage
  • typical deterioration
  • incorrect operation
  • incorrect voltage delivery or power spikes
  • signal problems
  • the harm caused by transportation
  • abuse, alterations, or changes made by customers
  • any effort by anybody other than a VIZIO-approved service facility to perform installation, setup, or repairs

You probably have to get a new TV if your TV is broken or cracked. I know that’s not what you wanted to hear.

Make no attempt to contact a TV repairman. Since they realize it’s not worth their time, 99.9% of them won’t even look at your damaged TV.

How to Dispose or Throw away a Damaged TV

damaged tv screen repair or Throw away

So, you’re stuck with a damaged TV right now. How can I get rid of it in the best manner possible?

You may always attempt to sell it. Your broken TV may not be worth anything to you, but it may be to someone else. A competent person will disassemble your TV and sell each component separately.

Circuit boards, LED strips, speakers, etc. Everything that is functional can ultimately be sold.

Although technically possible, doing this yourself would take time and put the parts at danger.

I wouldn’t even try. Try selling the entire TV as an alternative. A damaged TV can at least be replaced with something.

To try selling your damaged TV, consider these amazing places:

  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • Craiglist

If it turns out that no one is interested in purchasing it, you may attempt free listings on the same markets!

When they can receive something for nothing, even if it’s broken, a lot of people generally react.

Put your broken TV in the trash if that doesn’t work, either. Do it correctly though!

Here are a few simple methods for getting rid of a damaged TV:

  • Seek out a local recycler of gadgets. There are several examples of this.
    By using the Earth911 website, you may find the one that is nearest to you.
    To discover the closest option to you, enter “TV” and your Zip Code.
    You merely need to drop off your TV at the closest place after finding it.
  • The majority of the items sold by neighborhood electronics businesses are recycled.
    The best illustration of this is Best Buy. There is a widespread recycling program.
    However, be aware that they will charge you a modest price.
  • Likely, e-waste is collected in your town. See what the regulations are for electronic garbage on your town’s or city’s trash website.
    There are drop-off places in certain communities, while others have designated pick-up days. I’d just give your city’s public works department a call and inquire where I might recycle or discard outdated gadgets.

Whatever you do, avoid being the person who leaves a damaged TV in a charity bin or a box for clothing on the side of the road.

Spend some time getting rid of your damaged TV properly!

How to avoid a cracked television screen

Preventing a damaged TV screen from ever happening is preferable to trying to mend an already broken one.

You can reduce the possibility of your TV screen shattering in a variety of ways.

You could:

1. Purchase a TV Screen Shield

A screen that covers your TV and shields it from harm may be purchased; several are water-resistant. These offer excellent additional protection from any impacts and liquid contact from dogs and toddlers.

2. Your TV should be Wall-Mounted

Your television will be out of the way and elevated in this manner. Although your children can’t bump into it or unintentionally knock something or someone into it, it won’t stop them from tossing a toy at it.

3. Disallow playing video Games

I realize that this may come out as harsh (particularly for the kids), but I’ve heard far too many tales of Nintendo Wii controllers being inadvertently flung at televisions. This cannot occur if a video game system is not connected to your TV.

All three of these preventative measures, though not perfect, will significantly lower the likelihood that your TV may fail in the future.


A damaged TV screen, unfortunately, can’t usually be fixed. This is so because a TV’s screen is its most costly component.

Screens are manufactured in China and delivered all the way to the US, which drives up their price due to their extreme complexity.

Most TV repair facilities won’t even attempt to mend a cracked screen.

You would ultimately spend the same amount on a brand-new TV between a screen replacement and repair expenses!

It’s doubtful that your warranty will cover a cracked or damaged TV that was caused by you.

If so, think about selling or getting rid of your damaged TV.

It’s time to get a new television, I realize this is probably not the information you wanted to hear.