Samsung TV Red Light Blinking 5 or 6 times [Fixed]

The blinking red light issue is something no Samsung TV owner wants to see. Although Samsung are one of the best smart TV brands in recent years, there is a common problem with a minority of their models.

This is that the TV itself won’t turn on, and instead the light blinks 5 or 6 times, followed by a very faint clicking noise. If this is your problem, then you’re not alone.

The thing about your Samsung TV blinking with a red light 5 or 6 times is that it really doesn’t give us any kind of information to what the problem is. And more importantly, it doesn’t give us any indication of whether we can solve the problem either.

So, what causes this red light blinking issue, and is it resolvable without having to do too much work? Well, let’s take a look at the problem in closer detail.

Samsung TV Red Light Blinking 5 or 6 times

If you’ve got an issue with your Samsung TV light blinking red 5 or 6 times when you try to turn it on, it’s likely that you’ve got an issue with the power board of your TV. Either that, or there’s a fault with your backlight LEDs.

With some other brands, there might be a sort of code that you can work out to try and determine the problem. But with a Samsung TV, this definitely isn’t a indication of the real issue.

The only thing we do know is that there’s an issue with the connection at some level. It’s likely to be a power issue, but that’s not a definite conclusion. With these types of problems, generally we can narrow it down to the power supply or the main board pretty easily.

Before you continue you look at the problem, there is something that you can do to try and solve the problem quickly. Hopefully this works to solve your issue, and it’s worth giving it a go to see if it helps fix your problem quickly.

The first thing to do is reset your TV to see if this fixes the issue. You can do this by taking your TV power cord out of the wall for a good 15 minutes. Then, plug the TV back in whilst holding down the power button.

Simply cutting the power supply to your television may be all you need to resolve the issue at hand. If this doesn’t work, proceed to these next potential fixes.

Possible Fix 1

  1. Firstly, you’re going to want to turn your television off and take the power cable out from the wall.
  2. You’ll need to wait a little while before proceeding. In the previous attempt, we only left it 15 minutes before plugging it back in. This time, leave it for a few hours.
  3. Then, plug your TV back in whilst keeping your hand pressing the power button in for a good few minutes. Hopefully this can work to get your television back on.

This is the simple fix for this problem, and it may or may not work. If it doesn’t work, then there is another method you can try to get your television back on.

Possible Fix 2

Whilst this method is less likely to work, it’s quite quick to try and it’s worth giving it a go.

  1. Firstly, you’ll want to hold down the minus volume (-) button and menu button down on your TV, not with the remote.
  2. Now, go ahead and press the power button on your television as you normally would.
  3. Hopefully, if this method is successful you should see a blue light instead of a red light. After some time, a picture should appear on your display.

As I said, this method is less likely to work, but it is still definitely worth giving it a go anyway. They’re both easy to do, and free too. If this doesn’t resolve your problem, then the likelihood is that there’s a hardware problem with your TV.

Possible other causes

Whilst the solutions may help to fix the problem, there’s a good chance that there’s actually a deeper lying cause which is causing your red blinking light issue.

Power board – The most likely cause of this whole issue is to do with the power board of your television. In fact, this is one of the most common reasons a TV won’t turn on in general. It’s likely to be a problem with your TV’s capacitors, which are responsible for strong and releasing the electrical power of your TV. This isn’t a particularly easy fix, and you’ll need to get your TV repaired.
LED’s – Another potential cause of this problem could be an issue with the LEDs. Aside from a bad capacitor, this is the second most common issue which might stop you from turning your TV on. If this is the issue, then again, it’s quite an easy fix for a technician to do.
HDMI – The final thing which I think could be causing this problem is with your HDMI cables, and more importantly, what you’ve got connected to your television. This is known as a sort of glitch which can occur with older televisions, especially cheaper models. What you’ll want to do is disconnect all of the devices you’ve got connected to your television vis a HDMI cable. Turn your TV back on, and if it works, then you’ve got an issue with your HDMI port(s).


In conclusion, this is a fairly common problem with some Samsung TVs, and if you’ve got this problem, then you’re not the first one to have it. In some cases, there is actually an easy fix that might be able to resolve your problem quite quickly. Turning off the power supply to your TV is the first step.

However for the most part, there’s likely to be a deeper lying issue with your televisions mainboard which is causing the problem. And if this is the case, then you’re likely going to have to take the TV to a technician and get it fixed, or spend a lot of time fixing it yourself.

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