Sony has been in the electronics business for a long time, and makes some excellent televisions. However, not every TV off the assembly line is of top quality; sometimes a few stinkers squeak on by to cause problems for a potential buyer. And due to the nature of electronics, even Sony brand televisions have problems, albeit rare in case.

If your Sony TV won’t turn on, it’s not the end of the world yet. You can try a few troubleshooting solutions listed below. Hopefully, you aren’t staring at a blinking red LED.

Check Your Setup

First and foremost, check your setup. Is there something blocking the IR signal from the remote to the TV? An infrared signal is terrible at transmitting through objects and if something is blocking the TV from grabbing the signal, the TV won’t turn on until a direct connection is made.

You can typically find the IR receiver near the LED that indicates whether or not the TV has power. While you’re at it, you might as well check the batteries of your remote, too. When was the last time you changed them? If it’s been about six months, then it’s time for a new pair.

Sony TV Won’t Turn On

Now that you’ve ruled out a bad signal or a dead remote, it’s time to move on with the brunt of the methods. Since it’s nearly impossible to discover the cause, you have to come at this with the process of elimination.

1. Let’s start with the Energy Saving switch. In the back of the TV there’s an Energy Saving switch. If it turned off? If so, turn it ON. If you don’t see one, ignore this step.

2. Next, check the AC power cord. Is it damaged in any way, like a frayed cable? If not, unplug the AC power cord to perform a soft reset. Wait 30 seconds before plugging it back in.

Warning: If your AC power cord is damaged, do NOT plug it back in. Dispose of it immediately or have it repaired, especially if wires are exposed.

3. Do you have the AC power cord plugged into a power strip? If so, unplug the AC power cord and plug it into the nearest electrical outlet. If it works, then you have an issue with your power strip.

Note: Still won’t work using an electrical outlet? Try a different one to see if it isn’t the power outlet itself.

4. There’s a small LED in the corner of the TV. That LED indicates whether or not the TV has powered and typically shines white or green. Is it shining orange or amber? That means the TV is on an active timer or it’s updating software, provided it’s connected to your network. Leave it to update.

5. Is the LED blinking red? This means your Sony TV has detected a major issue, usually indicating that it needs repairing.

Note: It’s possible that cleaning your Sony TV may fix the issue, but generally speaking, a blinking red LED spells doom for your TV.

6. Remove every single cable and then unplug the TV. Double-check that every port is free of debris such as dust and dirt. Use a dry, microfiber cloth to clean the dust away. For the ports, a can of compressed air held upright can clean the ports or use an electric duster. Once cleaned, plug in only the AC power cord directly into a nearby electrical outlet.

7. Do you hear audio but no picture? Shine a flashlight onto the screen. Do you see a picture? If so, then your Sony TV needs repairing. The lighting element inside has gone bad.

Bottom Line

A TV that won’t turn on can be scary business and usually a trip to the nearest electronics store. Sometimes it’s caused by a malfunctioning power strip, other times it’s the lighting element. Hopefully one of the troubleshooting solutions listed above helped you and you avoided the cost of a new television.