The lamp finally died on my WD62627 DLP purchased in 2006. I ordered a Philips replacement bulb (used original housing) and installed it. After reseting the TV from the vendor's instructions (hold power for 30 seconds) and then leave TV off for 20 minutes, everything worked great with a bright gorgeous picture.. for 2 weeks.
I noticed it taking a little longer for the picture to come on (last Friday night) before I lost the picture and got the solid RED lamp. So, I unplugged it from the wall, waited a few minutes, opened the back, removed (checked the housing) and reseated it, hoping that it would work. Closed up both doors, powered it up, same thing.. solid red light.
I called the merchant, and began the exchange process. The lamp showed NO sign of damage, filament looked intact. I imagine that defects are possible in a new lamp, but I am starting to think that something else is going on. So, I called 2 repair shops in the area and they both said that it’s more likely given the quality of the replacement lamp to be a bad ballast or color wheel, both cost prohibitive to diagnose/replace, and both beyond my knowledge and ability as a doit yourself project.
Once I receive the replacement lamp, install it into housing, make sure that all connectors are secure, install, and reset again are there any other things that I can look at before replacing the TV. This lamp cost $75 and seemed like a decent choice.
I noticed that in the manual, it mentions reseting the lamp timer from the on screen menu. The merchant tech support told me that holding the power button for 30 seconds while unplugged two times effectively did the same thing.
Any troubleshooting tips would be very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance,