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post #1 of 4 Old 07-04-2013, 02:11 PM - Thread Starter
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Any ideas what's causing this? Started an hour ago and it's spreading the longer TV is switched on.

Any info would be gratefully appreciated

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Minute crack in the plasma panel causing gas leakage. Not repairable. Call Samsung; known defect with these panels is sudden unexplained cracking, sometimes on the edge. Panel replacement required.
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Thanks for your response

Black area now covering half screen and spreading

Set is 3 years old so at what point (age-wise) will Samsung say that it's not covered although it's as you say a known defect
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I don't know if they'll replace it. Most panels had problems after around 6 to 18 months. If you get to Samsung Executive Support, you may get a discounted repair (pay labour only, around $200 to $300 for a panel swap is going to be typical.) You may even get a free repair, if you can argue the point well. But Samsung have never been great at after care. That being said, neither have Panasonic...
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