As an owner of a television, I know the frustration of seeing the red light on but the TV not turning on. I was determined to find out the cause and solution to this problem, so I did some research into pros and cons, tips and tricks.
Now I’m here to share with you what I learned, as well as other possible solutions I discovered. In this post, I’ll explore why your TV won’t turn on even though the red light is on and provide some possible solutions that could help you get it working again.
The most common causes of a TV not turning on even though the red light is on include a system stuck in a loop, an extended working period, a wrong input source, an issue with the remote, a faulty power outlet, a damaged power cord, a loose connection, a defective bulb, an outdated software, or a malfunctioning main/logic board.
|1. TV Stuck in a Loop||A system loop prevents the TV from turning on.||Unplug the TV for an hour and replug while holding the power button or reset the TV using the remote control.|
|2. Extended Working Period||Overheating from long working hours can prevent the TV from turning on.||Unplug the TV for 20 seconds or 5 minutes and then replug.|
|3. Wrong Input Source||A wrong input source selection can prevent the TV from turning on.||Choose the correct input source using the remote control and check cable connections.|
|4. Remote Control Issue||A problem with the remote control could prevent the TV from turning on.||Wiggle the on/off button, replace the batteries, or get a new remote control.|
|5. Faulty Power Outlet||A faulty power outlet can cause inconsistent power supply.||Check the power outlet by plugging in another device and use a different outlet if necessary.|
|6. Damaged Power Cord||A damaged power cord can disrupt the power supply.||Replace the power cord.|
|7. Loose Connection||A loose connection can cause the TV not to turn on.||Press hard on the TV’s power button.|
1. The TV Is Stuck in a Loop
A system loop is a common cause of your TV not turning on despite receiving power that’s indicated by a working red light.
To overcome this problem, unplug your TV and wait for an hour. After that, replug the TV while holding down the power button.
Alternatively, you can reset your TV by pressing and holding the menu and volume down buttons on your remote at the same time for about 10 seconds. Then, let go of the buttons and wait for the TV to turn on automatically within a few seconds.
2. The TV Has Been on for Too Long
If your TV has been running for an especially long time, it can overheat the power integrated circuit. This can prevent your TV from turning on despite receiving power.
To fix this issue, you can either unplug the TV for 20 seconds and replug it, or unplug the TV for 5 minutes and then replug it. Try turning on the TV and it should work properly.
3. You Chose the Wrong Input Source
Selecting a wrong input source is a common culprit behind TVs not turning on even though the red light is on.
To fix this issue, you should make sure you’ve chosen the correct input source using the input button on your remote control.
Not to mention, you should check that you’ve connected the right USB and/or HDMI cables to your TV.
4. Something Is Wrong With the Remote Control
Your TV may not be turning on although it’s receiving power because of a problem with the remote control.
For example, the on/off button could be jammed or faulty. In this case, try to wiggle it and see if that solves the issue.
Another possibility is that the batteries in your remote need to be replaced. Put in new ones and try turning the TV on.
Other than these situations, the remote may be broken and you’ll need to get a new one. Confirm this by using the power button on the TV to test if it’ll work.
5. The Power Outlet Is Faulty
If the power outlet is faulty, it may be outputting inconsistent electricity that’s not enough for the TV to turn on.
Check this by plugging another device into the same power outlet. If it turns out to be faulty, plug the TV into another outlet and it should work without hiccups.
6. The Power Cord Is Damaged
A damaged power cord can disrupt relaying of power to the TV, causing it to not turn off despite the red lamp flashing normally. You’ll need to replace the cord to fix this issue.
7. The Connection Is Loose
If all the cords and power connections are secure and nothing is damaged, you may be dealing with a loose connection. Pressing hard on the TV’s power button can help clear this up.
8. The Bulb Is Defective
The red bulb on your TV could be flashing but it’s actually defective. This can prevent your TV from switching on, so you’ll need to replace it.
9. Software Needs Updating
Outdated firmware can cause the TV to encounter issues that prevent it from booting up even though the red light is on.
Here, the solution is as simple as updating your TV’s software and then restarting it.
10. The Main Board or Logic Board Are Malfunctioning
Last but not least, a malfunctioning main and/or logic board can be the reason your TV won’t turn on even though the red light is flashing.
If this is the case, the best thing to do is seek professional help since the problem is probably serious.
“Why won’t my TV turn on even though the red light is on?” is a common question among TV users of various brands.
The answer could be any of multiple reasons from a system stuck in a loop, an extended working period, or a wrong input source to an issue with the remote, a faulty power supply, or a malfunctioning main/logic board.
Be sure to go through all of the problems listed above to find the most suitable solution.