How to fix a vizio tv that won’t turn on

Imagine prepping a nice dinner for yourself to eat while bingeing your favorite show, and your TV won’t turn on. Frustrating, right? This is becoming an issue for many Vizio TV users. Getting a new TV is an expensive move, so why not try and fix your Vizio TV’s power issue. 

There are a few probable explanations for why the powering issue occurs, and in most instances, it is not due to a defective TV. It usually just takes a couple of minutes and some tinkering to get your TV fully functional again.

Why won’t my vizio tv turn on?

If you face an issue where your Vizio TV won’t turn on, there’s no need to panic. Instead, start with the most basic solution: turning off the TV and unplugging it from the wall. Now, wait for a minute and plug it back in. This is how you hard reset the TV. 

Probing on a few additional things often helps to address this issue in a jiffy. You’ll be back to viewing your favorite shows in no time after some simple troubleshooting. 

Vizio TV
Vizio TV

Here are some possible causes why your Vizio TV won’t turn on:

Decoding the Power Indicator On Vizio TV

To understand the issue with your Vizio TV, you first need to decode what every power indicator color means. 

  • If the power indicator on the TV keeps flashing orange to white light for several minutes, and the TV just does not turn on completely, then it indicates an internal issue with your Vizio TV. 
  • If your Vizio TV powers on and the screen goes black without any lights or super dim backlight, your TV is experiencing display issues. 
  • The newer models of Vizio TV feature a white light indicator that turns on when the TV turns on and fades out; if the light stays on and does not fade off, you need to get your TV checked before it stops powering on. 

If the power indicator on your Vizio TV does not light up at all, reinsert the power wire in the TV’s back panel and the power plug on the wall.

How to reinsert the power cable in Vizio TV:

  1. Remove the TV’s power cord and then put it back in.
  2. Ensure that it is safely and firmly attached to the TV.
  3. Repeat the process with the plug socket. If the power cable is attached to a surge protector, please ensure that it is switched on.

Remote Control Issues

If you try to switch on your Vizio TV with a remote and it does not turn on, the remote control batteries are most likely dead. Replace the old batteries with fresh ones and give them a try. If the problem persists, try turning on the TV by pushing the power button. If the TV turns on in this manner, you know your remote is defunct, and it’s time to replace it.

Vizio TV Remote
Vizio TV Remote

Power Supply 

If you don’t notice any problems with your remote, the problem might be caused by a power source malfunction. To test this, hit the Menu button on your remote and the TV, and if the menu appears, your TV is receiving power. If the menu button fails to open the menu, then the power supply might be faulty, and you should reconnect to a power source before attempting to turn it on.

Power Cord Issues

A tangled power connection might potentially be one of the causes of your TV not turning on. You must ensure that the connection to the power socket and the TV is securely plugged in. You should unplug and plug it back in to check if it functions. If it doesn’t, you should also check to see if the existing outlet is functional since it could be defective as well.

Faulty Internal Components

Sometimes the problem could be more internal, and the black screen won’t go away. Grab a flashlight and stand at a distance of 2-inches from the screen and flash the light to see if you can see an image through the external light. If yes, then the inverter board on your TV has given up. 

If that’s not the issue, you need to troubleshoot the more internal part of your TV. Sometimes the internal components fail to function correctly. If you have never troubleshot a T-Con board, we suggest seeking professional help to get it checked. However, if you have experience with testing the T-Con board, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Spread a towel on a flat surface and place your TV with the screen facing downwards
  2. Get a screwdriver and unscrew the back panel.
  3. Look for all the fuses (most TVs have 5) and check if any fuse has blown. If yes, you will need to get it replaced. 

Replacing the components or the power board is a complex job, so we suggest calling in a technician to check and replace the board on your TV. If your TV is under warranty, reach out to Vizio support immediately. 

What to Do When Your Vizio TV Won’t Turn On

You can find several scenarios shared by Vizio TV owners on forums. Unfortunately, many of the owners have experienced power issues.  Fortunately, a quick repair should cure around many Vizio TVs that won’t turn on.

Check the Remote

If you can’t switch on your Vizio TV with the remote, there may be nothing wrong with it. Rather, the problem might be with the remote. Among the most typical problems is that the batteries are nearing or have died. 

Replace the batteries and switch on the TV again to see whether this is the case. If nothing is happening, there is one more possible remote issue to explore.

Check the Vizio TV’s Power Supply

If you’ve checked the remote and it’s functioning normally, but your Vizio TV still won’t turn on, the next reasonable step is to check the power. 

You should check to see if pushing the Menu button produces any results. Sometimes, the TV may occasionally turn on but with a blank screen. A Menu button is included on both the remote and the TV. To test if the menu appears, push both buttons (but not simultaneously). 

If every test fails, then the power source could be malfunctioning. So before switching on your TV again, make sure it is correctly plugged into a power outlet.

Check the Power Cord

A loose or broken cord is frequently the cause why your Vizio TV won’t turn on. A frayed power cable might hamper even the most technically adept among us. A loose power cable connection is more common than you may think, particularly if you have kids or dogs running around the TV or a lengthy line to the power strip. 

Power cable
TV Power Cable

Check that the cord is properly connected to the power outlet and the TV. Even a little slack power cable connection can cause an interruption in the flow of energy to your TV, and it is not always apparent that your TV has been disconnected from its source of power. So it’s a sensible move to disconnect it and plug it in again to make sure it’s secure. Another option is to connect the cable to another socket.

Power Cycle The Vizio TV

If you believe that you are experiencing power difficulties, you should attempt to power cycle your TV. The procedure entails pressing the power button on your television. Do Vizio televisions have physical buttons? In summary, all buttons are located on the rear and differ depending on the model or version. 

How to power cycle your Vizio TV:

  1. Unplug your television from the outlet and leave it unplugged. 
  2. Find the power button on the backside of your Vizio television. The buttons look alike, so you’ll need to look closely to figure the power button.
  3. To drain any reserve energy, press and hold the button on your TV for around 10 seconds. 
  4. Restart your TV.

The power cycle method should work on most Vizio TVs. However, if it fails, then you will need to try the next steps. 

Factory Reset Your TV 

If all fails, you can try to factory reset your Vizio TV to bring it back to life. But before you jump to the process, it’s worth noting that a factory reset will wipe all your settings and data from the TV. 

How to factory reset Vizio TV:

  1. Press the Menu button on your remote.
  2. In the menu, go to System and press OK.
  3. Now, select Reset & Admin and press OK.
  4. Choose Reset TV to Factory Defaults and press OK.
  5. If you have not set a custom parental code, then enter 0 0 0 0 when the password prompt shows up on the screen.
  6. Choose Reset and press OK.
  7. Now, wait for your Vizio TV to turn off.
  8. Within a minute, your Vizio TV should power on. 

Ideally, this step should be enough to resolve the issue and power on your Vizio TV. However, if that does not happen, then proceed to the last and final step.

Related: How to Reset VIZIO TV Without Remote: 5 methods to fix!

Contact Vizio Customer Support

If all the troubleshooting methods fail, it may be time to contact Vizio customer service. They could give precise instructions for your Vizio TV model. 

Contacting tech support may resolve the issue, but there may be additional issues with your TV that you cannot fix on your own. 

The customer support will assist you in resolving the issue by giving step-by-step instructions over the phone or explaining how to get your TV repaired by authorized personnel. 


If your Vizio TV doesn’t turn on even after trying every method in the book, then you may want to check your product warranty or replacement policy (in case it’s a new TV). You can also hire a third-party repair if your warranty period has ended. 

We hope our detailed guide helps you understand why your Vizio TV won’t turn on. Let us know in the comments. 

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