TV is a window into entertainment. Take that window away—the screen—and you might explode from boredom. Perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but it does highlight how terrible it is to have your Samsung TV experience a broken screen. It’s hard to look at, mainly because of the money you spent on it.

As televisions grow thinner—they certainly aren’t the behemoths they once were—they’ve also lost a lot of weight. That makes them, in some cases, more susceptible to damage. The screen itself is a delicate part of the TV, arguably the most important. How else are you going to binge watch your favorite TV shows and movies?

Something needs to be done. It needs to be fixed. But how? Probably not by you, which means someone else is going to fix it.

Time To Use That Warranty

When you first bought your Samsung TV, you were asked to buy a warranty. In the event that something happens, like the screen is broken, you can send your precious television in to have it repaired. It wouldn’t be accurate to say “for free” because you paid for the warranty, however, it’s more accurate to say that you won’t be forced to pay again.

Whatever damage your TV experiences will be fixed and you won’t be sent a bill. If you want to check what your warranty covers, Samsung has their own warranty support page. Give it a look to see where you stand before moving forward. If your television is sent in for repairs, you can keep an eye on it with Samsung’s repair tracker.

On the other hand, if you pushed having a warranty aside, you’ll have to seek out other means of repairing the broken screen. Luckily, there’s still a few options.

Take it to a Technician

Let’s say you’re without a warranty. No problem. You can still have your TV repaired at a local electronics shop, provided the technicians there have the knowledge to do so. And in some cases, you might get cheaper prices (be prepared to pay more though).

Thumbtack is a great site for finding technicians near your location that can handle repairing your Samsung TV. In fact, rather than give you a list of repair shops, you can specify the kind of damage your television experienced and the technology itself. This helps narrow your search on who’s qualified. Keep in mind that being able to fix one kind does not make you capable of fixing a different design. Not all televisions are designed in the same way.

To find repair services, first visit Thumbtack. Provide your zip code, choose the kind of damage your television endured from the drop down menu, and then choose the TV’s type (plasma, LCD, etc.).

Buy a New TV

It may be that time again to purchase a new TV. Having a TV repaired tends to run you almost as much as a TV—not all, but in some cases. For example, if your television is pushing past a few years, the parts needed to repair might not be in circulation. When that happens, they become a special order. That costs money, and it will come out of your wallet.

And to make matters worse if you run to a technician, that doesn’t work for your television’s brand, they might not be familiar with the inner-workings. Not all brands are made equally, nor are they the same. That means you might not have any other choice but to send it to the company directly for repairs. That’s also going to cost money, and even more so with the weight of the television.

In other words, with the cost of shipping, specialty parts (if needed), and for the work of the repairs, you could be left with a bill that’s near the price of the original TV. You could have bought another television with the bill you’re destined to be stuck with.

Bottom Line

Regardless of the path you choose, you’ll be paying someone to fix it if you don’t have the knowledge, unless you had the foresight to pay for a warranty when the product was bought. Sometimes it’s worth it, and other times it isn’t. Generally speaking, an expensive television, especially Samsung, needs a warranty.