Hi, my name is ***** ***** I have been in the home improvement and repair field for 20 years. I will be very glad to help you today. The panel is the most expensive part to replace and the only time that is ever replaced is during a warranty repair. I am sorry to say that is a reasonable replacement cost but not a rational choice to repair if purchasing the repair out of pocket. Have you contacted the manufacturer? It may be out of warranty but since it is so close to the warranty period they may cover it.
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