Visiting my mother for Mother's Day when suddenly her 1-1/2 year old UN43NU6900B starts having problems. The screen has the appearance of a row of spotlights pointing up from the lower right bottom bezel which makes the rest of the screen look darker. I've seen a few other posts that relate to this but not a lot of solutions. It seems like it's the "unglued diffuser lens" LED problem but when I lift and rotate the cabinet no rolling/rattling sounds of loose lenses.
I had a session with online support and we went through all the basics that lead up to needing a tech support visit.
I know it's a 'cheap' version but 18 months?!?! That seems kind of preposterous. Does anybody know if there are any Samsung supported resolutions, tech support bulletins, or special case extended warranties on this issue?
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After a few emails back and forth with support I was left with the following thoughts on this problem (left for anyone who stumbles on to this post later):
- After a request to escalation I was offered parts. There's the possibility that "parts" might just be a few dabs of glue but no way to know for sure without cracking open the case. If I had been offered either a refurbished exchange or parts & labor (maybe even if I had to pay shipping to a depot) I'm sure I wouldn't be posting this entry. An offer of just parts and no labor means that the cost for a repair tech travel bill (given the closest tech would be at least 60-100 miles away) plus on-site time would likely equal or eclipse the cost of replacement.
- The fact that it was a 'budget' level model doesn't mean that it shouldn't still fit the definition of a durable good and last at least 3 years of normal use.
- Consumer level after the sale support continues the downward trend I've witnessed over the last 25 years.
- In the end, while we thought we were BUYING a Samsung TV 18 months ago it now appears that we were simply RENTING it.
- All I can really do now is save the correspondence I had on the issue in the event that a later class action is filed or Samsung acknowledges continuing problems with their backlighting design.