Did you try turning on your TV, but you realized your Samsung TV won’t turn on, and you have been worried if you’d need to buy another TV. Before you abandon the TV, you should read this article to learn about the common reasons why your Samsung TV won’t turn on and how you can resolve it.
The Samsung TV is a high-quality TV that provides excellent picture quality, sound, and longevity, giving you premium value for your money.
However, like every other electrical device, it can also develop certain faults that can prevent it from functioning optimally, even though this rarely happens.
Read the remaining section of this article to learn how to resolve the issue of the Samsung TV won’t start.
Possible Reasons Why Samsung TV Won’t Turn On
Various circumstances can be the reason why the Samsung TV won’t turn on, and some of the commonly reported reasons are:
- Insufficient power supply to the TV.
- There is an issue with the remote control of the TV.
The primary way you can determine the exact reason why your Samsung TV won’t turn on is the red standby light at the edge of the TV, as sometimes the TV might be on but is showing a black screen.
You can also check out How to Fix Samsung TV Remote Not Working.
How to Fix Samsung TV Won’t Turn On.
Different troubleshooting methods can be used to resolve the Samsung TV won’t turn on, although it depends on whether the red light is turned on.
It is usual for the red light to be turned on even if the TV is turned off, as long as the TV is plugged into a power outlet supplying sufficient power.
Troubleshooting Method: When the Samsung TV won’t turn on, but Red Light is On.
Since it is normal for the red light to be lit when the TV is receiving power supply, if it is lit, then the reason your Samsung TV won’t turn on is probably due to the remote.
To confirm if the issue is with the remote or TV, press the power button on the remote, and if the TV still doesn’t turn on, but the red light is still lit, then the remote may be the issue.
Locate the power button on the TV to further confirm that the remote has an issue. If you press it and the TV turns on, then the issue is with the remote.
If the issue is with the remote and you use a smart Samsung TV, you should first confirm that the remote is paired with the TV.
If it is not paired, follow the instructions below to pair it.
- Switch on your TV using the power button on the TV.
- Then aim your remote at the TV and press the Return and Play/Pause buttons simultaneously for about 3 seconds or till the pairing complete message appears on your screen.
After pairing, you can then attempt to turn on the TV using the remote to confirm that you have fixed the Samsung TV won’t turn on issue.
If you do not use a smart TV, or after pairing, the Samsung TV still won’t turn on, you should reset the remote.
Follow the instruction below to reset the Samsung TV remote.
- Open the remote’s battery compartment and remove the batteries.
- Then press any button on the remote for approximately 8 seconds.
- Release your hold on the button and replace the batteries in the compartment.
- If you suspect the batteries are weak, you can replace them with new ones.
If you have tried both methods above and the remote is still not working, you can confirm if you need a new remote by following the instructions below.
- Using a digital camera or any camera phone, point the remote at the camera and press the power button.
- If you see an infrared light (red light) coming from the remote, it means that the remote is still alright, but if you do not see any light, it means that the remote is defective and needs replacement.
Troubleshooting Method: When the Samsung TV won’t turn on, and the Red Light is not showing.
If the red light at the edge of the TV will not turn on even when the TV is plugged into a power outlet and receiving power, the issue will most probably be the TV.
First, confirm that you have sufficient power for the TV and that your power cable is not damaged.
If you have checked both and the TV still doesn’t turn on, you should confirm that it is not the case of a black screen by following the instructions below.
- Without using the remote, press any button on the TV, and if anything appears on the screen, it means that the TV is on but is experiencing a black screen.
Suppose it is not the case with a black screen. In that case, you should rule out power issues by unplugging your TV for 30 seconds, then plug it back into another outlet that you are sure is working, and if the red light comes up, it means the issue was the previous outlet, or the surge protector if you were using one.
If the Samsung TV won’t turn on and the red light is still not lit after confirming that there is sufficient power supply and you are using a functioning outlet, then you should reach out to the Samsung customer service team for support.
The red standby light is supposed to be a solid light and not a flashing red light. So if the Samsung TV won’t turn on and the red standby light is flashing, it will probably be due to power issues.
The first thing you should do is unplug the TV from its power outlet for about 30 seconds and without a surge protector, plug it into a tested working outlet. If the TV turns on and the red light stops blinking, it implies that the issue is with the power outlet or surge protector.
The reason why you should not use a surge protector when testing it is that surge protectors eventually wear out and stop providing the required voltage to power the TV, so if you are testing with a surge protector that can no longer provide the required voltage, even if the outlet is working and nothing is wrong with the TV, the necessary voltage needed to power the TV will not be provided.
Power Cycling the Samsung TV
On a general note, regardless of the condition of the red standby light, power cycling the Samsung TV can help resolve the issue of the Samsung TV won’t turn on.
Follow the instruction below to power cycle your TV.
- Unplug your Samsung TV from its power source and leave it unplugged for about 30 seconds.
- Then press the ON button on the remote for about 15 seconds.
- Then plug the TV back into its power source and switch it on.
Where is the Samsung Power Button
The power button of the Samsung TV can be found as the ON button on the remote. If your remote is not working, depending on the model of your TV, you can find the power button on your TV at the back of the TV on the right side, on the front underside of the TV, or on the middle underside of the TV.
This article has given possible reasons why Samsung TV won’t turn on and a detailed explanation of what you can do when Samsung TV doesn’t turn on depending on the condition of the red standby light.
If you have tried any or all of the troubleshooting methods in this article with no positive result, then you should reach out to the Samsung customer service centre to request service support.