Originally Posted by novaraz
I bought this TV 17 months ago, and it has worked fine until yesterday. Now the lamp won't fire, and I believe it's the ballast. Since it's out of warranty by 5 months, Panasonic won't send a tech, but are willing to consider reimbursing the repair after we've paid for tech inspection. Techs locally cost $100 just to look at it. Any opinions on course of action? Also, anyone have a copy of the service manual?
This is based on my past experience with 50LC13, not this DLP (mine is still going strong after one year).
If you can hear clicking/buzzing like sound when you turn the TV on, your ballast should be fine. You should check the lamp. It's easy to take it out and visually inspect it. Some lamps just shutter. Some lamps look ok but can still be bad. The only real way to test it is to try a new lamp. The lamp this TV uses is relative cheap (<$200 IIRC) compared to 50LC13 ($300).
Ballast repairs are expensive. It costed around $700 for my last ballast repair on 50LC13. Fortunately, that was paid by my credit card insurance. If you bought the TV with a credit card, you should automatically get extra year of warranty for most cards.
Going forward, I will stay away from any TV that uses a lamp, e.g. any projection TV.