Samsung TV won’t turn on: 9 Quick Fixes

Samsung TV won't turn on

Smart devices such as Samsung TVs often face issues from time to time. One of them is simply when the Samsung TV won’t turn on.

Users across multiple social media sites have reported this issue, and it seems that almost every person has or will face this issue at some point.

With every problem comes its solution. The same is the case in this scenario. There are multiple ways to resolve this issue with minimum effort.

Samsung TV won’t turn on? Quick Troubleshoot

If your Samsung TV won’t turn on, resetting is the quickest way to fix it. Here’s how you can do it.

  • Start by unplugging your TV and wait for around 1-2 minutes.
  • Press and hold the power button for around 1 minute.
  • Now wait for another minute, and then plug your Samsung TV back into the wall.

In most cases, your Samsung TV would turn on now. However, if it does not solve the problem, then there are several ways that you can try to fix this issue.

Why is my Samsung TV not turning on?

But before we go into that, it’s necessary to know why this happens under different circumstances.

Following are some of the reasons why your Samsung TV is not turning on. (You can also skip to the repair part below).

1. Power Supply Issues:

This is one thing that never goes away. Power supply interruptions have long caused trouble for TVs.

An electric shock due to lightning can be the reason why your Samsung TV won’t turn on. Lightning jolt can be fatal for TV circuit boards and cause them to malfunction.

2. Surge Protector Issue:

A surge protector or an extension can sometimes malfunction. This faulty surge protector can affect other devices plugged into it.

If your TV is plugged into such a surge protector, this might be the root cause. Plug the TV directly and see if it works. If it works, then the surge protector needs to be replaced.

3. Input Issues:

Some TV inputs such as game consoles can also cause this issue. When a person doesn’t turn off the console and directly shuts the TV down, turning on issues can arise.

Selecting the wrong input source can cause this too. See below for how to select the right source.

4. Sleep Mode:

Have you activated the Eco-Solution feature or sleep mode of your Samsung TV? If you have, then this might be the reason why your Samsung TV is going to sleep mode when there is no activity for some time.

See below in Fix 9 on how to resolve this issue.

How to Fix the Samsung TV not turning on?

Now that we have discussed some of the possible reasons for this issue.

Let’s move on to how to diagnose the Samsung TV won’t turn on problem.

Fix 1: Soft-Reset Your TV

As funny as it sounds, most of the time, you just need to unplug the TV from the electrical connection and turn it back on. That’ll solve the problem.

But, to make sure that this trick happens, we recommend doing a soft reset.

Here’s how you can do it:

  • Unplug your TV from the wall and wait for around 1 minute.
  • On your TV, hold the power button for around 30 seconds.
  • Wait for another one minute.
  • Plug the TV back into the wall.

Make sure that it is the power button of the TV, not the power button of the remote. Holding up for 30 seconds drains any remaining power of the TV. This helps to soft reset the TV.

This trick will do the job in more than half of the cases. But, for others, we have some more remedies to try.

Fix 2: The Power Cord Method

Every TV works when a power cord is attached to its back. This power cord brings the TV to life.

Sometimes, there can be some issues with this cord, which can cause the problem. You could also face a problem when a red light is blinking and your Samsung TV not turning on.

The fix is pretty easy.

  • Unplug the power cord from your TV.
  • Wait for around 1-2 minutes.
  • Now tightly plug the power cord back into the TV.
  • Power on the TV and see if it is working or not.
  • You may also change the power outlet to see if it works.

Fix 3: Selecting the Right Input Source Method

As discussed earlier, incorrect input sources can sometimes cause this problem. Every TV works only when the TV input source matches the number of HDMI ports being used. This port normally lies at the back of the TV.

There are two different ways by which you can select the correct input source.

Procedure 1: Select Input Mode Using Remote

  • Turn the TV on.
  • On your remote control, press the source button
  • Select the input mode.

Procedure 2: Select Input Mode Without Remote

  • Turn on your TV and press the button usually present on the side or bottom of the TV.
  • Select the input source by pressing the menu button.
  • Select the desired input source.

See if it works or not. The HDMI port number where the wire is plugged in and the input shown on the TV should match.

Samsung TV not turning on

Fix 4: Removing batteries from your Samsung Remote

Sometimes, it’s not the TV but the remote where the problem lies. Batteries used in your Samsung TV can sometimes malfunction, which can cause this problem.

You can do a small remote reset to get your TV remote back on the go.

  • Take out your remote batteries.
  • Press and hold the power button on your remote for around 1 minute.
  • Place the batteries back in the remote.
  • Turn on the TV and see if it works.

In some instances, it will not work because either your remote batteries are dead or are weakened to the point that they are capable of being used anymore. The only way out now is to replace them with new ones.

If the problem is fixed temporarily, but after some time surfaces again, it’s time to factory reset your TV to remove this issue permanently.

Fix 5: Factory Reset your Samsung TV

Hopefully, by now, you can fix this headache. But if you haven’t, don’t panic. Factory reset is always there for you.

Factory resetting your Samsung TV solves many of the problems. The process is quite simple. Follow the steps below to make sure you do it the right way.

  • Turn on the TV and press the Home button on your Samsung TV remote.
  • Click “Settings“. Then click “General” and then “Reset“.
  • A pop-up screen asks for a security pin. Enter “0000”.
  • Your Samsung TV will turn off for a while and then turn on again.

The initial setup screen shows that you have completed the factory reset of your Samsung TV. For older versions of Samsung TVs, the process is slightly different.

The middle part is somewhat different. Follow the route. Home Button>Settings>Support>Self-Diagnosis>Reset. Then go on with entering the Security Pin (0000).

Resetting without remote:

If due to some reason, you aren’t able to use your remote, you can still factory reset by using the following guideline.

  • Turn on the TV.
  • Find the Menu button on the bottom or back of your Samsung TV.
  • Move to settings, then general, and then finally reset.

There are three other options for this purpose.

One is to use a USB keyboard and then do the reset. By connecting it to the TV, you can use that keyboard to do the reset.

Other is downloading Samsung Smart Things App. Samsung Smart Things apps help you use your mobile phone as a remote control. Connect this app to the TV, and then you can perform the procedure.

Last but not least, you can use a universal remote and connect it to the TV to perform the factory reset.

Fix 6: Replace Surge Protector

Many people use extension or Surge Protector as a power outlet for TVs. As discussed above, sometimes the power outlet used is faulty. This can be the cause why your TV is not working.

A quick diagnosis is using another power outlet and plugging it in-wall electrical connection. If the TV works, then it’s time to replace Surge Protector.

Fix 7: Your TVs backlight is broken:

Things have started getting serious now. Until now, issues were mild, and fixes were generally easy. But if it hasn’t worked for you, there might be some internal issues with the TV.

There is a high probability that your Samsung TV’s backlight is broken. But how do I check that?

Well, it’s very easy. Here’s how you can do it.

  • Turn your Samsung TV on.
  • Take a flashlight and bring it close to your Samsung TV screen.
  • If a faint picture appears on TV, the backlight is broken.

Make sure to bring the flashlight very close to the TV. Otherwise, you may not see the screen. If there are some pictures, then you need to replace the backlight to get your TV screen working back.

Fix 8: Faulty Motherboard

The backbone of circuitry in a TV is its Motherboard. It is one of the essential components of a TV. Either a part of it gets damaged or the entire Motherboard.

Why does it happen?

The Number 1 reason for this issue is lightning. Lightning, when crossing the surge protector, can easily damage your TV’s Motherboard. A sudden change in voltage adversely affects its functioning.

Overheating can cause the same damage too.

Fixing this issue can be a headache. You can get it repaired by a TV repair specialist. But if you want to do it by yourself, here’s how you can do it.

  • Start by removing the back of your TV.
  • After this, look out for Motherboard. There are a few boards out there. The Motherboard usually lies on the left.
  • Remove this Motherboard and buy yourself a new motherboard.
  • Replace it and make sure to get the exact one by checking the numbers.

Ensure that it’s the faulty Motherboard and not the power board that lies close to the Motherboard.

Disconnect the cable that connects the power board and Motherboard from the former side to check this.

Check whether the TV still has some screen or not. If it lights up, then the power board is OK, and it is the Motherboard making the mischief.

Fix 9: Turn off your Sleep Mode and Eco-Solution feature

The eco-Solution feature and the sleep mode turns off the TV if there is no activity or input for some time. If you have activated one of them, turn it off to see whether the problem goes away or not.

For the Eco-Solution feature, follow the below-mentioned method:

  • In “Settings”, select the “Eco-Solution” button.
  • Tap on Auto Power off button.
  • Turn it off and see if the problem goes or not.

For sleep mode: 

  • Press the “Menu” button and select “Settings“.
  • Click on “System Manager“.
  • Now Click “Time“.
  • On the time Menu, select “Sleep-Timer.”
  • Turn it off.

Now check whether your Samsung TV gets off automatically after some time or not.

Samsung TV Won’t Turn on Red Light Flashing:

You often see that your Samsung TV does not work, and all you see are just flashes. This happens typically because of voltage fluctuation or lightning in bad stormy weather.

The easiest way is to contact Samsung Care+ to solve the issue.

Troubleshooting guide for some Other Samsung TV-related problems:


Smart devices do get obnoxious at times. Sometimes, the problem is trivial and requires minimum effort to resolve.

But sometimes, it needs due care and a proper way to get out. If still, your Samsung TV won’t turn on, check whether your TV warranty is still valid or not.

If It is, try getting it repaired by the company. If it isn’t, buying a new TV can be a good option. I hope that you can get out of this thing.

See you next time.

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