Having a broken HDMI port on your TV can be extremely frustrating. Not being able to connect devices like your cable box, gaming console, or Blu-ray player makes your TV much less useful. Fortunately, fixing a broken HDMI port is an easy and inexpensive DIY project. With just a few tools and materials costing less than $5, you can repair your TV's HDMI port in under an hour.

Assessing the Damage

The first step is to inspect the broken HDMI port and determine exactly what is wrong. Carefully examine the port for any visible damage.

Some common issues to look for include:

Once you've identified the specific problem, you can proceed with the proper repairs.

Gathering Your Materials

Fixing a broken HDMI port only requires a few inexpensive materials:

Having these supplies ready will make the repair process much smoother.

Step-By-Step Repair Process

With your new HDMI port and tools in hand, you're ready to begin the repair:

1. Disconnect and open the TV

First, unplug the power cord and any other cables connected to the TV, for safety while working. Place the TV screen-down on a flat, padded surface to avoid cracks or scratches. Then, use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws on the back of the case. This allows you to open up the TV and expose the internal circuit board.

2. Desolder the damaged HDMI port

Once inside, you need to detach the broken port from the circuit board. Carefully desolder each pin using your soldering iron, one at a time. Apply heat to the joint until the solder melts, then use the soldering iron tip or a solder sucker tool to remove the liquid solder. Go slowly and patiently to avoid damaging the board.

3. Prepare and position the new port

Before soldering on the new port, use isopropyl alcohol and cotton swabs to clean the mount point on the circuit board where the old port was located. This removes any dirt, debris or residue from the old solder joints. Once the area is clean, position the new HDMI port in the proper orientation. Solder just one pin first to anchor it in place.

4. Solder the new port

With the new port positioned and anchored, solder each of the remaining pins. Apply a small amount of solder to both the pin and the circuit board pad. Allow it to melt and flow together fully. Work carefully to avoid bridges between pins. Solder all pins securely.

5. Reassemble and test

With the new HDMI port soldered in place, reassemble your TV. Replace any internal components and screws in their original positions, closing up the case. Reconnect all of the cables, and test the repaired port by plugging in an HDMI device. The picture and audio should come through clearly on your TV.


Fixing electronics may seem intimidating, but armed with a few dollars' worth of supplies and some patience, anyone can replace a broken HDMI port. Following these steps allows you to restore full functionality to your TV and avoid the cost of replacement. And nothing beats the satisfaction of successfully repairing something yourself using basic tools. So tackle that broken port, save your money, and improve your DIY skills.