How To Make Your 4K TV Last Longer – 3 Super Easy Tips
Although they’re created in an era when things aren’t made to last for a lifetime, 4K TVs are actually close to the top when it comes to durability. An average 4K TV should last in great conditions for at least 5-6 years, without any important damage.
However, there are exceptions in everything. And even if it’s unlikely, it can happen to buy a TV that won’t last too long without reparation. The reason may be a design issue, a technical problem or even a bad care.
And even though you can’t do much when it comes to the first 2, there are some things you can do in order to take proper care of your TV. That’s exactly today’s topic – how to make your 4K TV last longer in 3 easy steps. And even if your TV doesn’t have any apparent issue, there’s always room to make it last longer.
So what do you think, is it worth it? I say it is, a few thousand dollars actually. 😉
1. Lower The Contrast/ Brightness
I recently talked about the lifespan of a 4K TV, which is actually the period until its image gets to half of its initial brightness. And even though this doesn’t say much about the longevity of a TV, it’s a parameter that has some connection to it. Well, at least a theoretical one.
Anyway, the best way to extend your TV’s lifespan is to set the contrast and the brightness to a lower level. You can find out how to do this in the instruction manual, as not all 4K TVs have the same settings and configurations.
Besides, some TVs will only let you set up the brightness, while others have just contrast commands. It depends of the brand and model, but generally lowering any of these 2 will extend the lifespan of your TV. And therefore, the user experience should be better for a longer time.
2. Turn The TV OFF When You’re Off
Maybe you’re thinking this tip is kind of useless, but I personally know a lot of people who leave their TV on all day long, no matter if they’re watching it or not.
I’m not saying this is necessarily wrong, but it’s obvious that the TV ‘s quality will deteriorate a bit faster. It’s not a crime to leave it on all day, and it wouldn’t even burn out it in 3 years, but it will slightly decrease the picture quality and the overall user experience. And even if keeping it on today won’t make any difference tomorrow, doing this everyday will make a difference in 2-3 years.
Therefore, don’t worry if you forgot the TV on all day, but don’t make a habit of it. Otherwise, your budget may get hurt.
3. Prevent Overheating
Just like any other modern devices, one of the major problems a 4K TV can face is overheating. This can be caused by keeping it turned on continuously for several days (see above) or by placing it in a dry area, without too much ventilation.
The solution to the first problem is pretty simple, but what can you do if your 4K TV is placed in an enclosed room or space? Do you really have no other choice than moving it? Well, not necessarily.
Make sure you have a ventilation source nearby: a fan, air-conditioning or simply opened windows. Fresh air would prevent your 4K TV from getting overheated, and therefore no problems caused by this should ever appear in the first years.
But what about if you’re not sure whether your TV is dealing with overheating or not? Well, it’s pretty simple – after having it turned on for about an hour (at least), put your hand somewhere on its back. You should normally feel it warm, but not too hot to hurt your hand. So this situation is normal.
However, if you feel it’s burning your hand after a few seconds, your TV is probably overheated because of the factors I mentioned. So in this case, you now know what you have to do. 😉
It’s hard to find an actual electronic piece that would last a lifetime, as they did in the past. But if you do your best, you can make your new 4K TV last much more than most expect.
Keeping a lower contrast level can change a lot when it comes to picture quality, and turning the TV off when you don’t use it can also help you expend its lifespan. Besides, in order to avoid any technical damage, make sure your 4K TV stays cool and ventilated.
Other than this, there isn’t much you can do. Even without any of these measures, your TV should still last in great shape at least 5 years. But if you follow these tips, you should be able to use it even after 8-9 years, so I believe it’s worth it.