What to Do if Your Samsung TV Won’t Turn On

Generally, Samsung TVs are some of the better options to go for on the market. They have an easy to navigate design, and they tend to come with a pretty good warranty to back it up. The brand have a good range of widescreen models, including some of the best 75 inch TVs on the market.

However, as with all brands, you may face issues with it as some point down the line. Sometimes, you might have the problem that your Samsung TV won’t turn on, even when you press the power button.

If this happens, then it can be a little confusing as to the cause, and to know what to do next. We’re going to look at how you can get your Samsung TV back up and working properly again.

What to do if your Samsung TV won’t turn on

If you can’t get your Samsung TV to turn on, then there are a few things that you can do to try and get it working again. You should start with a full electrical discharge, which will likely fix the problem.

Of course, before we get started we want to know that the issue is actually with your television, and not your electrics. Having a limited amount of power supply going to the television is a pretty common issue.

Try plugging something else into the plug socket that you’re using just to double check that it’s working properly. Otherwise, it could just be a problem with your main power outlet.

There are some other things that you can do to get your television working properly again. We’re going to look at some methods that may help you get your TV back running as it was.

Start with a full reset + discharge


As with many issues you might have with a television or another device, the first thing that you’re going to want to do is a proper reset of your television.

We’re going to need to discharge your TV entirely to ensure that it’s completely free of electrical charge. Sometimes, if the electrical charge in your television continues to build up, then it could cause the problem of your TV not turning on.

To completely get rid of all electrical charge, you’ll firstly want to disconnect your TV from the power socket. Then, you can hold down the home button on the side of your TV for 30 seconds. This may be the only way you can do it if your TV won’t turn on.

Or, you can also do this with the TV turned on as normal is possible. Instead of the home button on the TV itself, you just hold down the power button on your remote for 30 seconds. Your TV should completely turn off, and hopefully come back on as normal afterwards.

Remote Issues

If your television is in standby mode, then this is definitely a good sign. You can tell whether your Samsung TV is in standby mode by checking whether the red light at the bottom corner of your TV is lit up. If it is, it’s in standby mode.

And if your television is in standby mode, that means that it is working as normal. A potential issue could be that the actually screen of your television is not working at all. In this case, it’s a hardware issue and you’ll need to call Samsung or get a technician to take a look at it.

However, it could simply just be a problem with your Samsung remote control. Make sure that you try turning your television on at the TV itself before you conclude that you can’t turn it on properly.

Roku and Firestick Problems

Roku sticks and other smart devices have grown in popularity in both the United States and across the world too. In the UK, the Now TV stick is pretty popular, which is basically just a Roku stick with Now TV functionality.

With some older models of television, the remote can have issues with turning your television on. This is because the remote doesn’t connect properly with your TV. So when you try and turn the TV on with your Roku remote, it just won’t turn on.

Try using a different remote to see whether that one works with your TV. If it does, then the problem is with your smart remote, not your TV. Although in most cases, you should have full TV control with a Roku, Fire stick or alternative stick or box.

Run through your connected devices

If you have a bunch of different streaming devices and set boxes connected up to your TV, then it is worth running through them to see that they’re working properly too.

It’s a good idea for you to disconnect the box or device from the television for a few seconds, and then reconnect it again afterwards. It could just be an issue with the two devices communicating.

Another possible issue that can occur with Playstation, Xbox and other gaming consoles is that your television has an issue connecting when you or someone else has turned the console off.

This could be an issue with the HDMI cable and the in-built connectivity settings of the console. You should be able to see if this is the case by simply changing your source over to a different HDMI port or alternative.

After checking your HDMI, you should also take a few minutes to check the power cable too. It’s unlikely to be a problem, but it’s worth ensuring that it’s okay all the same.

Related Read: Samsung TV Black Screen of Death: 12 ways to fix!


Overall, there are a couple of different things that you be stopping your Samsung TV from turning on. You should be able to fix things with a full discharge and reset, but in some cases, this may not be enough.

The worst case scenario is that it’s a problem with your hardware – your display or the circuit board of your television. If this is the case, you’ll need to see an expert, unless you want to take a look at it yourself.

If you do, then you should carefully take the back of the TV apart to have a look at the power board. Check that it’s connected to the main board properly, and make sure that its parts seem in good condition e.g. the capacitors.

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