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Why Samsung TV Won’t Turn On?

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Most Samsung TVs experience the same problem: they won’t turn on.

Many Samsung TV owners have reported this issue. Some claim it has been a problem for years.

There is an easy solution that will resolve around 80% of Samsung TVs that don’t turn on.

Samsung TV won’t turn on

Resetting your Samsung TV is necessary if it won’t turn off. Wait for 60 seconds before you unplug the TV. After the TV has been unplugged, hold down the power button for 30 seconds. Once the 60 seconds have expired, plug your Samsung TV into power again.

Unplug Samsung TVs from Wall

This is a simple fix, but it’s the easiest way to get your Samsung TV to turn on.

Plug it back in after at least 60 seconds.

Keep the TV unplugged for at least 30 seconds. You must ensure that you hold the power button on your TV and not your remote.

This will drain any remaining power and allow the TV to soft reset. This is a different method than just turning the remote on/off.

After the 60 second time limit, plug the TV back into the power outlet and it should turn on again.

This should fix about 80% of cases. However, it can be difficult for the 20% remaining. These are the steps to get your Samsung TV working again.

Remove the batteries from your Samsung remote

If you still have trouble with your TV, take out the batteries.

Both batteries must be removed from the remote.

After the batteries have been removed, hold the power button on your remote for 30 seconds. Do this for 30 seconds. Do this for 30 seconds, not 10!

Once the 30 seconds have expired, you can put the batteries in the remote again and turn on your TV. The TV should turn on again.

To be certain, you might consider buying a new set of batteries.

For a permanent solution, try factory resetting your Samsung TV if you have tried the above steps.

Factory reset Samsung TV

After the TV is powered on, (hopefully by unplugging or removing the remote batteries) press the Home button with your remote.

Next, go to Settings > General >Reset. If you have never created one, enter your security pin (“0000”) and click Next. The initial setup screen will be displayed on your TV.

This will restore your Samsung TV’s settings to the original day it was purchased.

If you have an older Samsung TV the factory-reset steps may differ from those shown above.

Samsung TV factory reset without remote

You can factory reset your Samsung TV if you don’t have remote access for any reason.

This can be done by pressing the power button on your TV. This button may be located on the right-hand side, left side, or bottom depending on which model you have.

Turn on your TV, then press the Menu button and toggle to Settings > General > Reset.

There are alternatives if you have trouble finding the buttons on your TV or your TV is not in a good spot.

First, plug in a USB keyboard to the back of your Samsung TV.

The keyboard can be used to navigate or reset your TV.

If you own a Samsung Smart TV you can also download the Samsung SmartThings App to your smartphone.

The last option is to use a universal remote that you already have and then enter the correct Samsung code to activate the remote.

You should now have resolved all your power problems. However, you might still need to try some more steps before you call it quits.

Reinstall the power cord at the back of your Samsung TV

Unplug the power cable from the TV’s back to solve your power problem.

Unplug it for about 60 seconds, then plug it in again.

Make sure the connection is tight when you plug it in. This connection should not be loose. It is essential to ensure that the TV receives stable power.

Plug the power cord back in and turn on the TV by pressing the power button.

We hope you can see your TV come back to life.

Choose the Right Input Source

An incorrect input source could cause your Samsung TV to appear not working. To ensure your TV works correctly, you must choose the correct input source.

Double-check that the HDMI port number you are using is correct, regardless of whether your streaming device is a DVD player or a cable box. As shown in the following example, you would set the TV to “HDMI2”.

Two methods can be used to select the right input source:

Method 1 – Remote Control to Enable Input Source

  1. Turn on your TV
  2. Use the remote control to press the Source button
  3. Choose the input mode you prefer

Method 2 – Changing input sources without remote control

  1. Turn on your TV
  2. The MENU button can be found on the bottom or side of the TV.
  3. To navigate to the source option, use the volume button
  4. To select the input source you prefer, press the menu button

You can select the input source you prefer on some TVs.

You might try a different power outlet

If you still have no luck, it’s unlikely that this is the reason.

Sometimes, outlets may have a short circuit or a blown fuse. We don’t know what it is.

You could also grab another small appliance and plug it in to the same outlet as your TV.

If the device turns on, it means that an outlet is functioning.

This is not likely to be the cause, but it is a useful step in troubleshooting that should be taken quickly to eliminate the suspect.

Broken backlight

It is possible that your Samsung TV’s backlight is not working.

It is easy to check if this is true by turning on the TV, then using a flashlight to bring the flashlight very close to the TV screen.

Pay attention to the screen and see if you can take a picture with the flash of the light.

If you notice a faint image appearing on your TV’s backlight, it is likely that it has failed.

Motherboard is fried

It’s possible your motherboard was damaged by a recent storm. It is possible that your motherboard got fried during a storm.

Once you have done this, you will see several boards. The motherboard is typically on the left and the power board on the right.

You can verify that the problem is not with the powerboard by plugging your TV into the wall, turning it on, and then disconnecting the cable connecting the motherboard and the powerboard from the powerboard side.

If your TV lights up, it is likely that the power board is working properly.

Motherboards can be replaced fairly cheaply. Make sure to check the number on the board.

You can also hire a TV repairman if you aren’t confident doing it yourself.


Samsung TVs can be finicky about power. These are the steps to fix your Samsung TV that won’t turn off.

  • Wait 60 seconds before you unplug the TV from the wall.
  • Take out the batteries and hold the power button down for 30 seconds
  • Factory reset your TV without or with your remote
  • Reinstall the power cord at the back of the TV
  • Check that your TV is connected to the right input source
  • You might try plugging your TV into another power outlet
  • Send your TV in for a replacement backlight
  • Send your TV in for a replacement motherboard

You might try these solutions if none of them work. Otherwise, you will need to check your warranty.

Let me know if you found this helpful in fixing your Samsung TV. Let me know if you have had success with something else.

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