TVs are the linchpins of everyone’s entertainment center. If you want to stream Netflix, or play video games, or watch cable—a TV is going to be necessary. But what do you do when your LG TV isn’t turning on? Do you sacrifice a goat? Do you cry? No, none of that. However, you aren’t without options.
With the process of elimination, follow through the steps of each method listed below until you come across the one that works. Start with the simpler solutions that aren’t going to hurt your wallet before attempting any hardware fixes.
Reset the LG TV
In this day and age TVs come with a failsafe of sorts, a “soft” reset that can fix any hiccups it’s experience. Yes, that also includes an LG TV that won’t turn on. This is done on two fronts: the TV and the remote; start with the television.
1. Start by unplugging your TV.
2. Wait 60 seconds. Yes, it’s important that you do. It gives the TV enough time to reset.
3. After 60 seconds, plug the TV back in and check if it turns on now. No go? Continue onto Step 4.
4. Grab the TV remote and pull the batteries out. Afterwards, press and hold the Power button on the remote for a full 30 seconds. Again, it’s important that you do because it’s resetting.
5. Put a fresh pair of batteries back into the remote and try turning the TV on. If it doesn’t turn on, you may need to perform a factory reset.
6. Before you move onto the next method, try switching electrical outlets. It’s best to rule out that it isn’t your home and not the LG television.
Dust Your LG TV
Believe it or not, dust isn’t just flammable, it can prevent electronics from working properly and might be the reason your LG TV isn’t turning on. For example, if there’s dust built up in an HDMI port, it can prevent the connection between cable and port, thus blocking any exchange of data. Try dusting the TV before anything.
The best course of actions is through cans of compressed air or, better yet, with a powered duster. All you need to do is remove the back cover and dust. If you’re using compressed air, be sure to hold the can upright. Do not tilt it to the side or else you run the risk of spraying compressed liquid onto the circuit boards. You don’t want that. Don’t forget to clean the back cover as well.
Perform a Factory Reset
So, you’ve tried a “soft” reset and it didn’t work or it did work but the problem is back. Well, in that case, a factory reset is in order. This should solve the issue if the problem stems from software, not hardware.
A factory reset will reset all settings back to the way they were when the TV left the assembly line. It’s a lot like you’re bringing it home for the first time. All picture settings, menu settings, audio settings—everything—will be reverted to their default position.
Here’s how it works:
1. Press the Home button on your remote. When the menu appears, choose Settings.
2. On the following page, highlight and select General Menu.
3. In General Menu, you should see the option Reset to Initial Settings or Factory Reset or something of that nature. It changes based on model but means the same thing.
When the process is finished, the television should be working. But again, if it does not, then the problem is likely hardware related—something a factory reset cannot solve.
As you can see, there aren’t a whole lot of options in regards to fixing an LG TV that won’t turn on, but you do have a few solutions. After every method has been tried and nothing worked, it would be advantageous to leave it on the doorstep of a professional.