My TV Won’t Turn On

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Updated January 20, 2023

Nothing is quite frustrating like planning to watch your favorite show and your top-rated TV won’t turn on. If it was working perfectly and suddenly fails to turn on, and there is no visible sign of an issue, what could be the problem? More importantly, what should you do?

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • If your TV fails to power on with the remote, the first thing you need to do is replace the batteries.
  • Ensure your TV is firmly plugged into a power outlet. Sometimes, the problem is with the plug socket and not your TV.
  • Ideally, the TV fuse will blow to prevent further damage due to a power surge or a short circuit.

Believe it or not, Television sets failing to power on is a common problem, and most times, the solution is a simple fix. If you are experiencing the same issue, don’t panic, we’ve outlined a few reasons to help you understand why your TV won’t turn on.

One of the most common causes is a wall outlet problem. If your wall outlet isn’t providing power, then it won’t matter if you use a remote control or a power strip to turn on the TV. It won’t work. Make sure to check the wall outlet and ensure there’s enough current running through it.

Reasons a TV Won’t Turn On

If your TV fails to power on with the remote, the first thing you need to do is replace the batteries. Your TV remote uses infrared light; check if something is blocking the signal.

To find out if your remote is the problem, turn on the TV with the power button on the side panel. If it powers, your TV remote is faulty or needs new batteries.

If this happens and you need to reset your remote after you change the batteries, don’t forget you will have to program the remote again. On the other hand, if resetting the remote doesn’t work, try resetting your TV by pressing the reset button. If this doesn’t help, you can consult repair guides or step-by-step guides available online to troubleshoot and address the issue.

Insider Tip

A blown TV fuse will prevent the unit from powering on.

Power Outlet Issues

Ensure your TV is firmly plugged into a power outlet. Sometimes, the problem is with the plug socket and not your TV. Connect another electrical device to the power outlet or connect your TV to another power source. Also, check to see if your fuse box has tripped. If the TV is not plugged in completely, it can also be one of the reasons your TV may turn off by itself. If you have had this issue, check out our article on why my TV turns off by itself.

TV needs a Soft Reset

If your TV fails to turn on, unplug it from the primary power source. Wait for about 30 seconds before plugging it back again. Switch it on. This should help recalibrate your Television set and enjoy your viewing especially if your Tv has a wide color gamut.

Insider Tip

Visually check the entire length of the power cord from the TV to the wall. Ensure the power plug is fully inserted into the wall socket.

Blown Fuse

A blown TV fuse will prevent the unit from powering on. Ideally, the TV fuse will blow to prevent further damage due to a power surge or a short circuit. First, check the condition of the fuse. If the fuse wire is cut, or the glass has a dark or grey tan, you have a blown TV fuse. Replace it and power it back on.

Secondary Devices

Your TV is usually connected to multiple devices, including a cable box, Blu-ray device, gaming consoles, or streaming device. Carefully check the connections to confirm the individual devices have power. In case they do, the problem lies with the power delivery of the TV or a hardware issue. If you are using a cable box and notice your picture isn’t clear, make sure you are using a good connection, like HDMI, so it doesn’t make your screen fuzzy. While most of these devices connect with HDMI, if you wanted to connect speakers, it may be a little more complicated. Don’t worry; we have a guide for you to follow on how to connect speakers to TV with speaker wire.

Faulty Power Cords

Visually check the entire length of the power cord from the TV to the wall. Ensure the power plug is fully inserted into the wall socket. If possible, plug in the TV to a wall socket and not an extension cable. If there are any visible signs of fraying, damage, or exposed wires, safely unplug the power cord and replace it. In other cases, your TV may turn on but have a pink screen. In this case, you may have to find out why your TV screen is pink.

If you have tried all troubleshooting options without success, your TV might have an internal hardware problem that needs professional repair service. Contact your manufacturer about your warranty status or seek the services of an experienced technician.

Warning

If the fuse wire is cut, or the glass has a dark or grey tan, you have a blown TV fuse.

F.A.Q.

What does it mean when my TV doesn’t power on?

There are several reasons why your TV can fail to power on, including; power outlet issues, faulty power plugs, secondary devices, or blown internal fuse.


How can I troubleshoot a TV that doesn’t power on?

If your TV fails to power on with the remote, the first thing you need to do is replace the batteries. Your TV remote uses infrared light; check if something is blocking the signal. To find out of your remote is the problem, turn on the TV with the power button on the side panel.


How do I soft reset my TV?

Unplug the TV from the primary power source. Wait for about 30 seconds before plugging it back again. Switch it on. This should soft reset your Television set.


My TV remote doesn’t power my TV?

If your TV fails to power on with the remote, the first thing you need to do is replace the batteries. Your TV remote uses infrared light; check if something is blocking the signal.


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