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Eventually - the plasmas do die. . .

12 years out my Panasonic Viera th-pz850 finally gave up the ghost. It had been retired to a secondary TV with primary being a 4K - but certain was in no hurry to replace it.

I'm sure it's repairable, but not at a cost that makes sense at this point. Replacing it will be more cost effective.
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Yes, usually after about 10 years, give or take a few years.
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Eventually - the plasmas do die. . .

I bought my Hitachi 50 inch plasma back in 2008, and it’s still going strong. But It has passed the 10 year mark, so it should be interesting to see how much more longer it lasts. I bought a 49 inch LG 4K TV in anticipation of my plasma dying, but I bought that TV back in November 2016. Didn’t think my plasma was going to last this long LOL.


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I think I'm 5.5 years into my F8500, with 12,250 hours so far. I never want to get rid of it.

Will it slowly die, or someday just not work? I'd prefer the latter.
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How are you able to display the hours on the plasma?
I have a 2011 Samsung PN64D

And display the hours on a Panasonic P65GT50 from 2012?

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How are you able to display the hours on the plasma?
I have a 2011 Samsung PN64D

And display the hours on a Panasonic P65GT50 from 2012?
Don't know about the Samsung but your Panasonic might be like my setup.

Using your Panny remote:
Menu > Help > Version -- Status4 line shows a letter followed by four numbers a dash and some zeros, those numbers are it.

Mine shows C3445-00000 -- So, 3445 hours which is 143.5 days. It doesn't see a whole lot of on time.

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Don't know about the Samsung but your Panasonic might be like my setup.

Using your Panny remote:
Menu > Help > Version -- Status4 line shows a letter followed by four numbers a dash and some zeros, those numbers are it.

Mine shows C3445-00000 -- So, 3445 hours which is 143.5 days. It doesn't see a whole lot of on time.

I think this method only works on the 2013 models (ending in 60).



All other generations require checking in the Service Menu (be very careful in there). People have gone into the SM to check the hours, accidentally pressed the wrong button on the remote, and screwed up their TV.

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I think I'm 5.5 years into my F8500, with 12,250 hours so far. I never want to get rid of it.

Will it slowly die, or someday just not work? I'd prefer the latter.
Mine just quit working. I think it died peacefully, in its' sleep. I went to wake it and it just didn't have anything left to give.

RIP
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Mine just quit working. I think it died peacefully, in its' sleep. I went to wake it and it just didn't have anything left to give.

RIP
Hopefully after that I can just refill it with some plasma, right after I send my car in to get more blinker fluid.

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I think this method only works on the 2013 models (ending in 60).
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12 years out my Panasonic Viera th-pz850 finally gave up the ghost. It had been retired to a secondary TV with primary being a 4K - but certain was in no hurry to replace it.

I'm sure it's repairable, but not at a cost that makes sense at this point. Replacing it will be more cost effective.
What's it doing? Might not be dead. Just needs a little surgery.
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What's it doing? Might not be dead. Just needs a little surgery.
I can't imagine it would be cost effective. I'm certainly not going to do it myself. Transporting it to a repair place would be a significant hassle and even the minimum diagnostic fees would probably be more than the value of the TV at this point - and factor in a part. . .

I think it's time to let it go.
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Most plasmas will work for 20,000 - 30,000 hours, though they are rated for 60,000 hours.

In terms of years, it depends on the usage. Because I work from home, my TV puts on about 4,500 hours a year which is alot. If I worked at a location, that number would be about 60% less. Instead of lasting 6-8 years (or more), you turn that into 15-20 years.
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I think I'm 5.5 years into my F8500, with 12,250 hours so far. I never want to get rid of it.

Will it slowly die, or someday just not work? I'd prefer the latter.
The only reason I'm even 4k is my F8500 started buzzing I had to get rid of it. A real bummer. I had no interest in 4k, or the pricetag involved, as I ended up paying twice as much for a TV I don't think is really any better.

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I think I'm 5.5 years into my F8500, with 12,250 hours so far. I never want to get rid of it.

Will it slowly die, or someday just not work? I'd prefer the latter.
The only reason I'm even 4k is my F8500 started buzzing I had to get rid of it. A real bummer. I had no interest in 4k, or the pricetag involved, as I ended up paying twice as much for a TV I don't think is really any better.
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My almost 9 year old Panasonic G25 just rang up the 10 blink error code. I had been holding out for OLED to mature a bit more before making the plunge (and in particular, the 2019 LG's sound promising) before making the plunge. Getting it diagnosed tomorrow. If spending $250 bucks to get it working again for an extra year or two may be worth it.
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My TH-42PX60U, was made in Oct of 2006. It was my bedroom tv, gave it to my son and wall mounted it in his bedroom.

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My ST60 has been on for on for an average of 14 hours a day since 2013 and has well exceeded the 20,000 hour mark. Still no signs of dying out. The blacks had gone grainier over the past two years, and doesn't seem like it lost some of its brightness.
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I think I'm 5.5 years into my F8500, with 12,250 hours so far. I never want to get rid of it.

Will it slowly die, or someday just not work? I'd prefer the latter.
how do you check hours?
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how do you check hours?
When the TV is on, with your TV remote hit MUTE-7-3-7-Enter (or is it "OK"?). A service screen will pop up that has something that says MRT. The number next to MRT is the number of hours. Mine is now at 12312.

To get rid of the menu, power-cycle the TV. No settings will be reset in the process.

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