If your TCL TV has been overheating, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about it.
While there are many ways to prevent or decrease the risk of your TCL TV overheating, ensuring the vents are clear, removing airflow obstructions, and keeping the television away from any heat sources are a few surefire ways to help the problem. Also, placing the TV in a location where plenty of airflow exists is a good idea.
There are a number of possible reasons why your TCL TV has been overheating. However, there are a number of things you can do about it. There are also things you can do to prevent your TV from overheating in the first place.
Why is my TCL TV overheating?
Below are the most likely reasons why your TCL TV has been overheating.
Brightness turned up
Having the brightness turned up to the maximum setting on the television and letting it sit for hours on end is a great recipe for overheating.
The brightness is controlled by the backlighting components, so the longer it’s running at the maximum setting, the hotter the hardware will become and the more likely the TCL TV will be to break.
This is also an effective way to minimize the life cycle of the television and likely must purchase one every four years.
In order to maximize the lifespan of your TV and to reduce overheating issues, it would help to lower the brightness.
Moving your TCL TV to a spot without much direct sunlight can help in lowering how bright you need the TV to be.
The TV has vents so that hot air can flow out of the tv and cold air can flow in. Vents can easily be clogged by dust or debris that’s covering the holes.
Without proper maintenance, as time passes, dust will build and eventually block the inbound or outbound venting holes.
Also, placing items that cover venting on any electronic equipment is never a good idea.
Even if you’ve dusted and cleaned the vents, if your TV is in a confined location with little-to-no airflow, then you’re still going to have a problem.
Televisions are designed as a system to suck in cool air and blow out hot air in an endless cycle during use.
If either the inbound or outbound vents cannot do their job, the system will overheat and fail.
Proximity to a heat source
Given that televisions emit a lot of heat, mostly due to the backlighting componentry, you don’t want to add to the amount of heat entering the system by placing your television in a hot area, like near a window or a heater.
Adding heat to an already hot system is a recipe for disaster that can easily be avoided.
What to do if my TCL TV says it is overheating?
Below are things you can do if your TCL TV says that it is overheating.
Step one: immediately turn off the power
If your TCL TV is telling you it’s overheating, then you must turn off the power immediately. Experts report turning off your device for at least 20 minutes to allow it to cool down.
Step two: check the above causes of overheating
Confirm that the brightness is at a reasonable level (once the TV has cooled down), no vents are blocked, it’s not near any heat sources, and there’s sufficient airflow.
Step three: check for recalls
If you don’t suspect any of these warning signs to be an issue, then the next step is to check for recalls. Some TCL TV models are known to overheat, so unfortunately your model could be one of them.
Step four: contact technical support
If you notice your model is on this list or isn’t listed but you continue to have problems, then contact technical support for additional assistance.
They can walk you through the process to dig deeper into the root cause or provide you with a replacement if necessary.
How to prevent a TCL TV from overheating
Below are options you have when preventing your TCL TV from overheating in the first place.
Ensure efficient airflow
Ensuring efficient airflow to and from the television can be accomplished by placing the TV in an open area.
In addition, one of the functions of a wall mount is to create a gap between the unit and the wall to always ensure proper airflow.
Ideally, you would also place the TV in a spot where there is not much direct sunlight.
Keep the brightness at the recommended setting
This is probably the easiest solution on this list, simply keep the brightness setting at the recommended level.
As mentioned earlier, having the TV set to a high brightness level will significantly increase the amount of heat being generated and reduce the lifespan of the TV.
The default setting that is available when you turn on the television is where your brightness should always sit. That means you literally don’t have to do anything except enjoy your shows in the current brightness.
Move the TV to a cooler location
By moving your television away from the window and out of the sunlight, you are eliminating an unnecessary heat and humidity source.
Place the TV in the middle of the room which should be at or around room temperature and isn’t impacted by the outside weather.
Perform proper maintenance
Like with any piece of electronic component, you should perform proper maintenance on your TCL TV. This includes regular dusting of the vents and other areas that have gathered material and cleaning the screen with a microfiber cloth.
To clean, you can use a hand duster for the vents or compressed air, which blows dust from the holes. When cleaning the screen with a microfiber cloth, never use harmful cleaning chemicals which can damage the components.