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Samsung TV Won’t Turn On

Coming home after a hard day at work and turning on your TV has to be somewhere at the top of the list of the most relaxing feelings. However, things can take a turn for the worst when your Samsung TV bails out on you and doesn’t turn on. So, what to do if your Samsung TV won’t turn on?

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Your Samsung TV might not be powering on due to a loose power cord, an incorrect input option, a damaged backlight, or even a damaged motherboard. To fix these issues, you can try reconnecting the power cord and restoring your TV settings, or seek the help of a professional if the problem persists.

You will need to implement these fixes properly to give your Samsung TV a fair chance of turning back on before you buy a new one. Read on below to find out all the fixes you can try at home before emptying out your wallet at the repair center; or on a new TV.

5 Reasons Why Your Samsung TV Won’t Turn On

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If your Samsung TV is not showing any display despite your valiant efforts with banging the TV remote time and time again, it may be due to one of the following reasons:

Reason 1 : Unplugged Power Cord

The first thing you should check when looking to diagnose why your Samsung TV is not turning on is the power cord. If your TV’s power cord is damaged or unplugged, it won’t turn on.

How To Fix Unplugged Power Cord?

Look for any damage to the cord and make sure that it is secure with the TV and the wall. If the cord is damaged or cut, it’s best to have it replaced by a professional repairman or Samsung’s repair center.

Reason 2: Incorrect Source Settings

The source will determine where your TV is getting the feed it will display. If the wrong source has been selected or no source is selected, your Samsung TV will not display anything.

How To Fix Incorrect Source Settings?

To resolve the issue of having the wrong input source, you can employ two methods. If you can turn on the TV, just press the Source button on your remote and select the desired input.

However, if your TV has refused to show any kind of display, you will have to look for the MENU button on the side of your TV and use the volume button to navigate your way to the source option. From there, you can select the desired source according to your need.

Reason 3: Damaged Backlight

Every Samsung TV comes with a backlight that makes the entire display visible. If you have a damaged backlight, it means there is nothing to light up the screen, so you will not be able to see anything on display.

How To Fix Damaged Backlight?

Here’s a step-by-step guide to fixing a damaged backlight of your Samsung TV:

Step 1: Grab a flashlight and place it close to your TV screen to see if you have a damaged or broken backlight.

Step 2: Look for any faint image of the menu or the channel after turning the TV on. If you can see a display, your TV is working fine and you cannot view anything due to a damaged backlight.

Step 3: Changing the backlight board can be a bit of a hassle, so I suggest you contact a certified technician to help replace the backlight.

Reason 4: Damaged Motherboard

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The motherboard is the most critical component of a TV and almost all electronic devices. If your motherboard has suffered damage and is not responding, you may have to replace it. Luckily, motherboards are usually cheap and all you need to do is get the exact one as the one already installed on your TV.

How To Fix A Damaged Motherboard?

Fixing a damaged motherboard is better left in the hands of a professional. However, before you rule out that the motherboard is at fault, it’s best to make sure that the power board is working alright. Here’s how:

Step 1: To diagnose if the problem lies with your motherboard, you must open up the back of your TV.

Step 2: The motherboard is on the left while the power board is on the right. Try to identify both.

Step 3: Make sure the issue is not from the power board. Plug in your TV and then detach the cable that connects the motherboard and the powerboard from the powerboard side.

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Step 4: If the TV lights up, the power board is fine, and the issue is with the motherboard which needs to be replaced.

If you do not have any prior experience with electronics, I recommend taking the motherboard to a repair center or getting a new one altogether.

Reason 5: Bad Power Outlet

It is also possible that the power outlet you have chosen to plug your TV into cannot provide the power needed to turn on the TV. Ensure you plug your TV into a different power outlet that you are sure will work.

Some Other Fixes You Can Try

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Don’t worry if you cannot diagnose the problem by the methods above; instead, here are a few other fixes you can try.

Fix 1: Unplugging The TV

Although this may seem obvious, unplugging your TV is an efficient solution as it allows your TV to reset and avoid any glitches when powering on.

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Step 1: Pull the plug of your TV to power it down.

Step 2: Press the power button on your TV for about 30 seconds to allow any excess power in the TV to be completely drained.

Step 3: Now wait for about five minutes so the TV can deplete all its power and then turn on the TV.

Fix 2: Remote Battery Problems

TV and remote

Sometimes, you can tend to overlook the simplest solution. If your Samsung TV won’t turn on, it’s fair to assume that your TV remote’s batteries have died out. To diagnose, simply replace the current batteries with some new ones.

If you don’t have new batteries on you, take out the current batteries and press the power button for about 30 seconds before placing the batteries back in the remote again.

Now try powering on your TV; if it doesn’t turn on, you need to get yourself some new remote batteries as soon as possible.

Fix 3: Factory Reset the TV

This will be your last resort to try to get your Samsung TV to turn on as this will delete all files on your TV, which may include some files with viruses. Ensure that you have your essential files on an external hard drive when you perform the factory reset; otherwise, they will be lost.

If you were able to turn on your Samsung TV, just go into Settings, General and then Reset. The software may ask for a PIN, which is, if you have not set one yourself. This will completely reset your TV to the settings it had when you bought it.

If you are not able to turn on your TV and have to work with the side buttons on your TV, choose the same settings as mentioned above. To make life easier, you can connect a USB keyboard to help you navigate through the menu or download the Samsung Smart TV app, which can also control the settings.

Fix 4: Contact Samsung Support

If everything else fails, you can contact Samsung’s support team via their website or the email mentioned on their site. Although this might cost you a bit more than the previously mentioned options, you will have a Samsung-certified technician at your service who can diagnose the problem without fail.

Depending on what the diagnosis is, fixing your TV may cost you quite some money. Getting a new backboard may be expensive, but anything like a cell change or damaged power cable won’t set you back by much.

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Gizmo Geek Guide published this original article on April 12, 2023.

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