Vizio TV won't turn on: what to do?

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If your Vizio TV suddenly won't turn on, it can be very frustrating. Buying a new TV can be expensive, and getting it repaired can be costly and time-consuming.

Don't worry, though. If your Vizio won't turn on, there's no reason to panic. There are several possible reasons why the scenario occurs, and in most cases, it is not due to a broken TV. Usually, it only takes a few minutes and some troubleshooting to get your TV back up and running.



What to do if your Vizio TV won't turn on

Checking a few things often helps fix this problem in minutes. With a quick fix, you'll be back to watching your favorite shows in no time.

Here are some potential reasons why your Vizio TV won't turn on and how to fix them.

Step 1: Check the remote

If you are unable to turn on your Vizio TV using a remote control, there may be no problem with the TV. Instead, the problem could be with the remote. One of the most common problems is that the batteries are dying or are already dead.

To see if this is the case, try replacing the batteries and turning the TV back on. If still nothing happens, there is another potential remote issue to check.

Step 2: Check the Vizio TV's power source

If you've made sure the remote is working properly, but the TV still won't turn on, checking the power is the next logical step.


The first thing you'll want to do is see if pressing the Menu button gives any results. Sometimes the TV is on but shows a blank screen. Both the remote and the TV include a Menu button. Try pressing both buttons (not simultaneously) to see if the menu appears.


If the menu test fails, the TV may indeed be off and the power source may be an issue. Make sure your TV is fully plugged into a power outlet before trying to turn it back on.

Step 3: Check the condition of the power cord

The thing that can often prevent your TV from turning on is a loose or damaged cord.

A loose power cord sometimes causes problems for even the most technically savvy of us.

To make sure the cord is snug, check its connection to both the power outlet and the TV, making sure both connections are plugged in. Even a slightly loose power cord connection can interrupt the flow of electricity to your TV, and it's not always apparent that your TV is unplugged from its power source.

Check if the cord is properly plugged into the outlet. A good idea would be to unplug it and then plug it back in to make sure it's secure. Another thing you can try is plugging the cord into another outlet.

After checking the power outlet in the wall, make sure the cord is firmly connected to the back of the TV. A poor power cord connection happens more often than you might think, especially if you have kids or pets running around the TV or if you have a long drive to the power strip. Longer lengths mean tighter cords that can loosen when rotating the TV or when moving it. You can always unplug the TV's power cord and plug it back in to make sure it's fully inserted and secure.



If checking the functionality of the remote control, testing the TV's power source (power outlet), and inspecting the TV's power cord does not resolve the issue, there is something else you can try to resolve. the problem.

Step 4: Restart your Vizio TV

If you think you might be having power issues, the first solution to try is to restart your Vizio TV. The process involves using the power button on your TV. Do Vizio TVs have buttons? In short, all the buttons are on the back and vary depending on the model or version.

The process of restarting your Vizio TV is simple and goes as follows:

  1. Unplug your TV cord from the outlet and leave it unplugged.
  2. Locate the power button on the back of your Vizio television. The buttons blend in nicely, so you'll have to look closely.
  3. Press and hold the button on your TV for about 10 seconds to drain all reserve power.
  4. Try turning your TV back on.

The previous steps are likely to work in many cases. If none of the procedures work the first time, try again, making sure to hold down the power button for at least 10 seconds each time. Often this will be enough to fix your TV so you can get back to relaxing.


Step 5: Call Vizio Customer Service

If none of the tips above work for you, it might be time to call Vizio customer service. They can provide steps for your particular Vizio TV model.


Calling technical support may solve the problem, but there may be other problems with your TV that you cannot solve yourself.

Vizio's customer support team may be able to help resolve the issue by working with you over the phone or by providing guidance on how to send your TV in for repair.

Step 6: Replace internal components

If you understand electronics and how they work, you can troubleshoot boards to identify potential power issues. A Vizio TV that won't turn on often results in a failed power board.

If the Vizio TV has proper power outputs, this often leads to a bad T-Con board.

If you've never disassembled a Vizio TV or any other TV for that matter, it's best to let a certified repair technician handle the repairs for you. The disassembly is very precise, detailed, and a risk for your safety! Any wrong move and you can damage the TV or yourself, especially with all those tight, brittle wire connections and high-power circuitry.

Notes: Servicing your Vizio television is at your own risk. Box20 and Alphar.com are not responsible for any actions or results pursued by the user. Your actions may result in electrical damage and possibly electric shock!

Do you have any other troubleshooting tips or suggestions? Please share them with us in the comments!

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