Vizio TV Won’t Turn On: How to Fix 

Vizio TVs have made a name for themselves as some of the most reliable models on the market. Still, there are some common issues that can crop up from time to time. One of the most prevalent of these is when they suddenly won’t turn on. If your Vizio TV won’t turn on, how do you fix it?

To fix a Vizio TV that won’t turn on, you need to troubleshoot. First, ensure that the remote isn’t the problem by trying to turn on the TV from the set itself. If that doesn’t work you can try a hard reset or power cycling the TV. 

If your Vizio TV just won’t turn on, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In our guide below, we will walk you through the troubleshooting steps you need to take to get it to come back on. We’ll cover the most common issues that lead to this problem and some of the less known ones as well. So come along and let’s get your TV back on so you can enjoy your favorite show!

Make Sure the Remote Isn’t the Problem

The first thing we need to do is figure out where the problem stems from. Most obviously, it could come from the TV itself. Still, there’s a chance that the remote is actually the culprit. 

To figure this out, you can do one of two things:

  • Try replacing the batteries in the remote: Perhaps the batteries in the remote have just died. If that’s the case then replacing them should resolve the issue. 
  • Try turning on the TV without the remote: There should be a power button on the TV itself. You can test if the remote is messed up to the point where new batteries won’t get it to work by seeing if turning on the TV with the buttons on it works instead. If the TV does come on by pressing its own buttons, that’s a huge sign that you need to replace the remote. 

If changing the batteries and trying to turn on the TV itself didn’t work out for you, then the problem more likely lies in the TV itself. Below we will get into how you resolve that if it’s the case for you. 

Make Sure the Power Cable is Plugged In

It might sound simple, but oftentimes it’s the little solutions we overlook. Plus, when troubleshooting it’s always best to get the simplest solutions out of the way first. 

Start by making sure that the power cable is plugged both into the TV and the wall. If they are, try jiggling the cable to see if the problem resolves. If it doesn’t work, jump to our next step. 

Make Sure the Outlet Works

All it takes is a problem with your circuit breaker to cause certain outlets in your house not to work. 

Try plugging something else into the outlet your TV is plugged into to ensure that the outlet isn’t behind your power problem. You could use something as simple as your phone charger. If the phone starts charging when it’s plugged in, then you know the outlet is fine. If it doesn’t, you may want to reset your circuit breaker. 

Try Performing a Soft Reset on Your Vizio TV

A soft reset can be performed by unplugging the TV, waiting about a minute and then plugging it back in again. 

Once it’s plugged back in, try turning it on and see if this resolved the issue. If it didn’t, try our next troubleshooting step. 

Get Rid of All Power to the TV 

If all else fails you, it’s time to do something called power cycling. This is where you try to get any electrical activity out of the TV and then try plugging it in again. 

Below we’ve outlined the steps in power cycling a Vizio TV:

  • Leave the TV unplugged: Unplug the TV and leave it unplugged so you can use up the rest of the electrical energy bouncing around in it. 
  • Hold down the power button: Holding down the power button forces the TV to use the last residual electricity left inside. 
  • Plug the TV back in and test it: Once all the electrical energy has cycled out of the TV, you simply need to plug it back in and see if it works.

This method sometimes works where a hard reset fails because all the electricity leaves the TV before you try to reboot it. 

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About Mike Herrera

Mike is a freelance journalist who specializes in writing about technology. He has a degree in computer science, and he likes to stay up-to-date on the latest software releases. He's an avid reader, and he enjoys spending time outdoors. When he's not working, you can usually find him playing video games or exploring new hiking trails.

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