How-To

Vizio TV Won’t Turn On (You Should Try This Fix FIRST)

For some reason most Vizio TVs eventually run into a similar problem of simply not turning on.

There are countless cases of Vizio TV owners who say they’ve had this problem – some say it’s been an issue they’ve dealt with for multiple years!

Luckily there is a very easy fix that should resolve about 80% or so of Vizio TVs that won’t turn on.

Vizio TV won’t turn on

If your Vizio TV won’t turn on you need to reset it. Unplug your TV from the wall and wait a full 60 seconds. After the 60 seconds are up, plug your Vizio TV back in. This will soft reset your TV and it should power back on no problem!

Unplug Vizio TV from wall

While this fix sounds obvious, unplugging your Vizio TV from the wall socket is the most common way to get it to turn back on.

Unplug Vizio TV from wall

The key here is to actually wait the FULL 60 seconds. Have a little bit of patience and make sure it’s been at least a minute before plugging it back in.

While the TV is unplugged, find and hold the power button on your Vizio TV for 30 seconds. Make sure you are holding the power button on your TV, and not your remote! (The power button location will likely be on the back right side the TV).

This will help to drain any residual power left in the TV and allows the TV to soft reset itself. This is different than simply switching the remote on and off!

Once you plug the TV back in after the 60 seconds, you should see it power back up no problem.

While this fix should work for about 80% of cases, the remaining 20% can be a bit trickier. If you’re still having trouble getting your Vizio TV to turn back on try the fixes detailed below.

Remove batteries from Vizio remote

If unplugging and re-plugging your TV in didn’t fix the problem try taking out your remote batteries.

Make sure to take both batteries completely out of the remote.

Remove batteries from Vizio remote

With the batteries removed proceed to hold down the power button on the remote for 15 seconds. Again, do this for a full 15 seconds! Not 5 seconds, 15!

After the full 15 seconds are up, put the batteries back in the remote and try to turn on the TV. It should power back on.

If either of the two steps above fix your Vizio TV power problem but then a few days or weeks later you run into the same issue, you’ll want to try factory resetting your TV for a more permanent solution.

Factory reset Vizio TV

With the TV powered on (hopefully unplugging it or removing the remote batteries was able to temporarily power the TV) click the Menu button.

Within the menu there should be a “System” option, click it.

Then find “Reset & Admin” and “Reset TV to Factory Defaults”. Sometimes the Vizio TV will ask for a code before resetting the TV. If it does the default code is four zeros, 0000.

This will essentially restore your Vizio TV to the settings it had on the day you purchased the television.

Factory reset Vizio TV without remote

If for whatever reason you do not have access to your TV’s remote, you can still factory reset your Vizio TV.

To do this find the power button on your TV. Depending on the model you have this may be on the right hand side, left hand side, or very bottom of the device.

With the TV on, press and hold the volume down and source buttons at the same time. After a few seconds your TV will tell you to press and hold the input button.

Press and hold the input button for at least 10 seconds.

This will turn off the TV, reboot it and factory reset it. The reboot and reset process can take about a minute or so.

At this point you should have fully resolved your power issues but just in case you haven’t I’ve included some additional steps worth trying before calling it quits.

Reseat power cord in back of Vizio TV

Another pretty easy potential fix to your power problem is to unplug the power cord from the back of the TV.

Leave this unplugged for 60 seconds or so and then plug it back in.

When you plug it back in make sure that the connection is snug! You don’t want this to be loose at all – a tight connection is important to ensure the TV is getting stable power.

With the power cord plugged back in, power on the TV using the TV power button, not the remote!

Hopefully you see the TV come back to life.

Select the Correct Input Source

Your Vizio TV might appear to not turn on because of an incorrect input source. You have to choose the proper input source for your TV to work correctly.

So whether you’re using a streaming device, DVD player, or a cable box, double check that your TV source/input matches the number HDMI port being used. In the example below, you’d turn the TV to “HDMI 2”.

Select the Correct Input Source

You can select the correct input source using two different methods:

Method 1 – Enable Input Source using a Remote Control

  1. Turn on your TV
  2. Press the Source button on your remote control
  3. Select the desired input mode

Method 2 – Change Input Source without Remote Control

  1. Turn on your TV
  2. Press the MENU button on the side or bottom of the TV
  3. Use the volume button to navigate to the source option
  4. Press the menu button to select the desired input source

Note: Some TVs have a source button at the back or side that you can use to select your preferred input source

Try a different power outlet

While unlikely the cause, if you’re still having no luck up until this point then I would try plugging your Vizio TV into a different power outlet in your home.

Sometimes outlets have a short or a blown fuse and we just don’t know it.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to lug your TV around, you could simply grab another smaller appliance and plug it into the outlet you’re trying to use for your TV.

If you see that device power on then you know that particular outlet is working and that’s probably not your issue.

Again, this is likely not the cause but a worthwhile troubleshooting step that should be quick to eliminate as a suspect.

Power supply replacement

If nothing has worked to this point but you really want to keep your Vizio TV, you can try removing the TV’s power supply and sending it in for repair.

Before you do this check to see if your TV’s stand-by light is on. If it is this means your power supply board is probably working and this step should be skipped.

If you have no power and no standby light this likely means your power board is defective or dead. This could easily be caused by a power surge.

Vizio TVs are some what known for faulty/weak power supplies but the good news is they only cost about ~65 bucks or so to repair (if you’re willing to do the work of removing it from the TV yourself).

I’ve included a nice tutorial on how to remove the power supply from a Vizio TV below.

Keep in mind this process is a bit time consuming as you’ll need to remove every single screw on the back of the TV to get the casing off and ultimately the power supply.

It’s also a bit risky of a step because this may not necessarily be what’s causing your power issues! If you’re still willing to take the chance, here’s what to do:

Check Vizio TV warranty

This is always a last-ditch effort, but if you simply cannot get your Vizio TV to turn on, you should see if you have an active warranty on your TV.

After you describe what the issue is and Vizio makes their determination of whether or not it is covered under warranty, they will either repair or replace your TV.

They even offer in-home services if this ends up being covered under your warranty. It’s worth a shot!

Conclusion

Vizio TV’s can be finicky when it comes to power. If your Vizio TV won’t turn on try these fixes in this order:

  • Unplug your TV from the wall and wait 60 seconds
  • Remove the batteries from your remote and hold the power button for 15 seconds
  • Factory reset your TV with or without your remote
  • Reseat the power cord in the back of your TV
  • Make sure your TV is on the correct input source
  • Try plugging your TV into a different power outlet
  • Send the TV’s power board in for replacement
  • Check Vizio TV warranty

If none of these fixes work you might want to pull up your warranty and see if it is still valid, otherwise you’re stuck buying a new TV.

Let me know if this helped fix your Vizio TV. If you found success doing something else, leave me a comment down below!