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Vizio TV Won’t Turn On – What to Do?

Posted by Arch on December 23, 2019

So you wake up in the morning or get home from work and want to spend some time chilling out in front of your Vizio TV. You prepare to unwind when suddenly you realize that your TV won’t turn on. Many people react to this by panicking. The first thing that comes to their mind is that there TV is broken and that they either have to get a new one or get it fixed, which could take days, even weeks in some case. Not to mention the cost – a broken TV can be very expensive to fix.

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Don’t worry, though. If this happens to you, there’s no reason to panic. There are a couple of possible reasons why your Vizio TV won’t turn on, and in most cases, it’s not due to the TV being broken. Usually, it just takes a few minutes and some troubleshooting to get your TV back up and running.

Making sure to check a couple of things can help you resolve this issue in a matter of minutes. To help you do that, here are some potential reasons why your TV won’t turn on and how you can resolve them.

Remote Control Issues

If you can’t turn on your Vizio TV using a remote, there might not be anything wrong with the TV at all. Instead, the issue might be with the remote itself. One of the most common issues is that the batteries are dying or are already dead.

To see if this is the case, try replacing the batteries and turning the TV on again. If there’s still nothing happening, there is one more potential remote issue to check.

Sometimes your remote isn’t properly connected to the device. This can often happen if you have more than one Vizio TV or if you haven’t set it up properly. The easiest way to check if this is the case is to turn on your TV by pressing a button on it.

Many people have issues finding the button and believe that it doesn’t even exist. But the button is there and you’ll usually find it by reaching behind the TV. It’s typically either on the bottom-left or the bottom-right side.

If the TV works, you might have to set up your remote again. To set up your remote, press the TV button, which is usually located at the top-right corner of your remote, and follow the instructions.

However, if nothing happens when you try powering on your TV using the ‘on’ button, read on to see other possible reasons why your TV isn’t working.

Power Issues

If you’ve made sure that the remote is working properly, but the TV still won’t turn on, checking the power is the next logical step.

The first thing you’ll want to do is see if pressing the Menu button is yielding any results. The button can be found both on the remote and the TV itself, so try pressing both buttons to see if the menu will pop up.

If it does, then there’s power in your TV and the source might be an issue. Make sure that your TV is fully plugged into a power source before trying to turn it on again.

Another reason for this problem could be an issue with the satellite or cable service from which you receive service.

If you press the Menu button and nothing happens, it could mean that your Vizio has power issues. There are a couple of things you can do in this case.

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Power Cycle Your Vizio TV

If you suspect that you might be having power-related issues, the first solution you can try it power cycling your Vizio TV.

Power cycling can solve more issues than you might think. More often than not, doing this will resolve an issue that you’re facing with your TV.

The process of power cycling your Vizio TV is very simple and goes like this:

  1. Unplug the cord of your TV from the outlet and leave it disconnected.
  2. Locate the power button on your TV. As we said, you’ll usually find it on the bottom left or right side.
  3. Press and hold the button on your TV for around 10 seconds.
  4. Try turning on your TV again.

This is likely to work in many cases and you should be able to turn on your TV properly. If it doesn’t work the first time, try It again making sure to hold the button down for at least 10 seconds. Often, this will be enough to fix your TV so that you can get back to relaxing.

And if power cycling your Vizio TV doesn’t work, there is one more thing that you can try to resolve the issue.

Check the Power Cord

The thing that can often prevent your TV from turning on properly is a loose cord. A loose power cord sometimes causes problems for even the most technically savvy among us.

In order to make sure that the cord fits well, you need to check its connection to both the power outlet and the TV itself, making sure both connections are completely plugged in. Even a slightly loose power cord connection can interrupt the flow of electricity to your TV and it’s not always obvious that your TV is unplugged from its power source.

See if the cord is properly plugged into the outlet. A good idea would be to unplug it, then plug it back in to make sure it is secure. Another thing you can do is to try to plug the cord into another outlet just to make sure that the current outlet isn’t faulty.

After you’ve checked the outlet, make sure that the cord didn’t get loose on the back of the TV itself. A loose power cord connection to the TV happens more often than you might think, especially if you have children or pets that run around the TV. Again, unplug the cord from the TV and plug it back in to make sure the power cord is fully plugged into the TV.

If none of the above works, it might be time to give Vizio customer support a call. These solutions fix the problem in a lot of cases, but if nothing works, there might be some issues with your TV that you can’t fix yourself. The Vizio customer support team may be able to help you solve the problem by working with you over the phone or by telling you how to send in your TV for repair.

The Final Word

Vizio TVs are very popular as they are high-quality, reliable, and have a number of great features. Still, like any electronic, Vizio TVs can have problems. Of these problems, one of the most common is not being able to turn on your TV.

We hope that this guide was helpful and that one of these solutions helped you turn your TV back on. Just closely follow the steps we provided and double-check to make sure that you’ve done everything right that we’ve recommended above.

If you’re still experiencing issues, Vizio’s customer support can help you resolve this issue for you. You might have to live without your Vizio TV for a couple of days while it is being repaired, but at least you’ll know that the problem is fixed.

If you found this TechJunkie article useful, you might want to check out How To Hard Factory Reset a Vizio Smart TV.

Do you have some suggestions on how to fix the problem of a Vizio TV not thronging on? If so, please leave a comment below!

11 thoughts on “Vizio TV Won’t Turn On – What to Do?”

Rudy says:
Hey Jennifer my tv is doing the same exact thing. No picture or sound and the light comes on for a few seconds and then it fades away. I’m thinking maybe the power supply board needs top be replaced Did you get yours working? Any info is GREATLY appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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renovater says:
besides doing a power cycle, I have also turned the tv on (got no picture or sound) then I pressed the input button and scanned through this menu a time or two, stopped at the tv input, tv came on! don’t know why, but it did it.
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Bubba74 says:
Having same issue. Did you find any comments on how to fix?
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Marina Alba says:
I red alot of comments about this vizio tv and it seems that they are good for about one year after warranty doesn’t cover. I have same problem, the light turns on but tv doesn’t work. Very disappointed!!!
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renovater says:
my 50″,(brand new) was not coming on, sometimes a brief sound would emerge for about 1 second, then disappear. I did the power cycle and it worked! tv came right on.
disconnect power cord from wall. hold down ON button (I used the one on the back of tv) for 10 seconds, plug tv back again. turn on. make sure you hold button for a good 10 seconds.( I have not shut if off yet, to see if it comes on again.)
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Giselle says:
My Vizio turns on and just shows the logo but that’s about it. It won’t do anything else. What should I do?
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FRANK CHRISTENSEN says:
my new TV worked great for the first month, now it will not turn on. Tried to do the power recycle on numerous occasions to no avail. All cables/wires are plugged in correctly.
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Dorothy K Morris says:
My remote has new batteries. I have to hold the button down for a very long time before the TV turns on. When it is on, channels change easily and quickly. Then turning it off takes another long time. Don’t think is the remote and tv works fine after it finally comes on. What could be the problem?
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Joel says:
All of the advice doesn’t work. Does that mean tv is bad?
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Drakkar says:
i have the same issue… bought it in 2018. its 2019 and they said its no longer under warranty
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nnn says:
large vizio smart tv.. worked fine, moved to another room and tv wont turn on via remote or tv buttons. unplugged tv and plugged back in and tv light comes on and fades out… tried piwer cycling, leaving unplugged for a day, etc. remote nor tv buttons do anything… BUT

BY Chance i was setting up my much older vizio tv right infront of it AND MY OLD REMOTE TURNED BOTH TVs ON… i got my new remote working once after removing/replacing batteries… my new smart tv remote and the buttons on tv still dont work

so, IM USING AN OLD VIZIO REMOTE and it works just fine… go figure…

Tom says:
Well, that saved me $400. Thank you!
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Richie says:
My tv won’t turn on. I did do all the power cycle
For ten seconds or more held the power
Button down for 10 seconds still a black screen
The light on the left corner don’t turn on either
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Diana says:
The same is with my tv. What did you do?
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Debbie says:
I’m having the same problem. It was working and then two hours later when I went to turn it on nothing. No light, just a black screen. I’ve tried all the power cycling nothing works. Anybody have any suggestions?
Jocelyn says:
My Vizio’s screen is black, the white light in the lower left corner works (showing that it’s on) but the screen is black.
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Jennifer says:
Same thing just happened to me. What did you do? I have tried to reset it and everything they recommend. Nothing – just the white light at the bottom of the left lower part of TV for about 2-3 seconds and then blank.
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Candice Jeffery says:
Thanks this helped
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