What To Do With A Broken TV

If your TV has broken you should look at all your options before you throw it in the bin. After all, TVs aren’t cheap and you may be able to repair them for a couple of hundred pounds.

Recycle Your TV

Take It To Your Local Recycling Centre

If you’re going to throw away your TV, you may as well recycle it. Most towns and cities have recycling centres where electronics are recycled. It’s better and more environmentally friendly to recycle your TV than let it go into landfills. Most flatscreen TVs have a large amount of mercury in them which can poison the environment. If you’re not sure where your local recycling centre is, do a quick search online. You can learn more here about disposing of electrical goods through your local council’s waste and recycling sites.

Recycle It For Cash

You may even be surprised to know that there are several online and offline retailers that will buy your old electrical equipment from you, even broken devices. We’ve listed some popular UK services below for you to try.

Currys – Curry’s is one of Britain’s largest electrical retailers that allows you to trade-in your old electrical items. They provide a handy online calculator so you can get an estimate for how much money you can expect to get for an old device. You can also take your old device to one of their stores to get a quote. Find more information here.

Argos – Argos is another British favourite and they too allow customers to trade-in unwanted gifts or old devices. If your TV is still in some working order, you can visit their website and enter the product’s code to get a quote. If you’re happy with your quote, you can post your device and receive some cash through bank transfer. Find more information here. You can also take your old TV into an Argos store so you can be sure it will be recycled and not dumped in a landfill. Just be aware that you will need to provide proof of purchase. Find out more information here.

Zarax.co.uk – If your TV still works to a good degree you can also use an online service like Zarax.co.uk which is a nationwide company that will come and collect your old TV and give you a small fee. Find out more information here.

Ask Your Local Council To Collect Old TVs

If you can’t sell your broken TV and you can’t get out of the house to take it to your local recycling centre, your local council may be able to collect it for you. However, you need to be aware that there is usually a fee for this service in the range of £50 for 1-5 items. Check your local council here.

Donate Your Old TV To Charity

Did you know that there are currently over 700,000 homes in the UK without adequate or lack of electrical devices? Your cracked or scruffed TV could be a valuable tool for these households. So, instead of chucking your TV away or trading it in, why not do something charitable for someone in need? You can use this free service to find places near you where you can donate your old TVs.

Repair Your TV

One of the most obvious things to do with your broken TV is to think about getting it repaired. If your TV is still under warranty, you should be able to take it back to the retailer you bought it from. If not, you should ask elsewhere for a repair quote. Depending on the damage to your TV, it might cost you little or it might cost you a lot. There are still a few brick and mortar repair shops if you search on Google that do repairs for modern TVs but your best bet might be to find an online service where you can send your broken TV to. Failing these two options, you could also look in your local directory for a handyman that may be able to fix your broken TV for a lot cheaper than a professional.

You can find a local repair shop by using online services like Cylex. Simply enter your postcode.

Of course, once you’ve got your repair quote, you’ll need to weigh up if it’s worth spending the money on the repair. If you’ve spent a lot of money on a new TV without insurance it may be worth spending £200 to repair a £1500 TV.

Sell Your TV

If you don’t want to try and repair your broken TV, the next best thing would be to try and sell it. This will depend on the extent of the damage of course but you may be surprised to know that people buy completely broken TVs to use their parts for other things. If your TV has a damaged screen but it’s still usable (for example you may have a blotch on the screen down the side) some people will still be happy to buy it for a discounted rate like parents looking for a cheap TV for their kid’s bedroom. If you’re happy to make a loss on it then why not advertise it locally? You can do this rather easily by simply taking a picture of it and listing it on the Facebook Marketplace. If you choose to do this, make sure you clearly show the damage on the TV so people know what they are investing in. 

The good thing about selling your broken TV locally is the fact you can negotiate and you may get more cash than you think. Other online places you can try and sell your broken TV include Craigslist and eBay.

In Summary

There are various things you can do with your broken or old TV. You don’t need to take it to the dump right away. Instead you can find out if you can recycle it for cash or if you’re feeling kind, donate it to someone in need. You may just make someone’s day.

About S. Santos

👋 I'm a technology columnist and tech blogger, with a love for video games, gadgets, home entertainment and personal technology. I've been writing about the industry now for over 10 years - first as an editor of various magazines before branching out to work on my own blog. I like to keep up with the ever-evolving world of gadgets, home entertainment, and personal technology. If not fiddling with AV cables at home or in front of the computer, I can be found playing tennis or padel. This blog is my space to explore new topics related to these hobbies; as well as share some thoughts about life in general (sometimes you need a break from electronics!). 😎

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