This is a problem that quite a few Philips TVs experience, especially in the case of a black screen showing a blinking red light.
The goal of this guide is to help you troubleshoot your Philips TV Won’t Turn On so it will work quickly and easily!
Whatever the case may be:
- There is a red light on your TV but it won’t turn on
- There is a solid red LED light or a blinking red LED light
- Your TV plays sound but has no picture
It doesn’t matter what your specific situation in 2023 is, I am going to show you how to fix this problem!
The first thing we’ll do is take a brief look at some of the most common reasons why it happens. The next step will be to show you how to fix it quickly!
Now let’s get started!
Why Philips TV Won’t Turn On
There are many reasons a Philips TV won’t turn on, including faulty power outlets, faulty power cables, unresponsive remote controllers, faulty HDMI ports, damaged HDMI cables and extensions, faulty television backlights, faulty main boards, damaged power boards, and hardware problems.
Having this happen to you can be terrifying.
You may need to power cycle your TV to discharge residual electrical charge in your TV rather than a damaged board if your TV won’t turn on due to simple things like an unresponsive remote controller.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s do a quick dive into how we can fix this problem, starting with the most simple (but effective) fixes, then moving on to the more technical ones.
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How to Fix Philips TV Not Turning On
Several fixes can be applied to a Philips TV that won’t turn on: power cycling the TV, resetting the remote controller, checking the power cable, trying a different power outlet, checking the HDMI cable and port, and resetting the TV without the remote.
Taking a closer look at each of these one by one, let’s see what we can do.
1. Power Cycle your TV
Your Philips TV can be fixed by performing a power cycle.
The following steps will help you turn on your Philips TV:
- Make sure your Philips TV is unplugged from the power source
- Wait 60 seconds before plugging it back in
- During the first 30 seconds of your TV’s power up, press the power button.
- You should be able to start watching TV once you plug the TV back into the power source.
In this process, the TV is not turned on and off while it is still plugged in, and is called a soft reset. Besides fixing the logo screen issue, it will also fix the boot loop problem with Philips TVs.
As a result of this method, the excess charge on your TV will be discharged and will allow the TV to turn on again.
So, if that solved your problem, great!
Other than that, don’t panic. Now let’s move on to the next fix.
2. Replace Remote Batteries
It is possible that the batteries in the Philips TV controller need to be replaced if the red standby light is on and you cannot turn on the TV using the remote control.
Try turning on the TV again after replacing the batteries in the remote control.
You should now be able to turn on your TV. Good luck. It doesn’t have to, no problem.
3. Reset your TV Remote
In addition to unresponsive remotes, an overcharged remote circuit can also lead to the Philips TV not turning on with a remote.
When this occurs, all you need to do is drain the excess charge from your TV remote controller, (which is fairly simple to do).
With your remote controller, you can do something similar to power resetting (or soft resetting) your TV.
There will be many people who can’t turn on their Philips TVs who will be able to fix this problem by following these simple steps.
So here’s what you need to know about resetting your TV remote:
- You need to remove the batteries from your remote control
- Using your remote controller, press the power button for 30 seconds with the batteries still removed
- Reinstall the batteries
- To turn on your TV, press the power button
You should now be able to turn on your TV.
NOTE: Additionally, your remote may be stuck on one or more keys. To fix any stuck keys on your remote controller, press each button on the remote controller several times before putting the batteries back in.
Continue trying all the steps over and over until you get it to work, even if it does not work at first.
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4. Open and Clean the TV Remote
It is likely that your remote has too much dust inside it if it won’t turn on after you have reset it.
If dust builds up in your TV remote, it can prevent your TV remote from operating properly due to a lack of proper connection.
There is nothing complicated about what you need to do.
- Make sure the batteries in your remote controller are removed first
- Remove the screws with a screwdriver
- Click on it to open it
- Make sure it is dust-free by wiping and blowing it
- Replace the batteries after closing it up
After the TV has been plugged in, press the power button on the remote to turn it on after it has been put in standby mode (red light is on).
You can also use the power button on the TV rather than the remote to turn on the TV.
It should fix any problems causing the remote controller to not respond, along with those two earlier tips.
Therefore, if the remote controller is responsible for the problem, the TV should have turned on by now. Unless it’s caused by something else, it’s likely to be something else.
There are still things you can do, so don’t worry.
5. Plug TV into Different Power Outlet
In order to apply this particular fix, your TV must not even be turning on (that is, it must not even show the red standby light). As an alternative, if you have a red light (standby mode), proceed to the next step.
You may have a defective power outlet that does not supply power to your television.
If you want to be sure that your TV is working, plug it into another power outlet. If you want to verify that, plug in another device into the outlet and see if it works.
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6. Check your Power Cable
You should also use this tip if your TV does not turn on at all (otherwise, move to the next tip).
In order for your TV to work properly, you need to verify that your power cable is working properly, as well as your power outlet.
If you are plugging your power cable into your TV, make sure it is firmly inserted into the port. A second option is to eject the card and then insert it again.
See if your TV will work using a power cable with similar plug in case the cable is faulty.
You shouldn’t have any problems getting your TV back on at this point as long as everything’s connected tightly both on the TV end and the power outlet.
When everything else checks out, including power outlets, power cables, and ports, and your Philips Android TV, Google TV, or Philips Roku TV still won’t turn on, you can safely rule out issues with power sources.
Let’s move on to other troubleshooting fixes to address other common causes of the issue now that the power supply has been ruled out.
7. Check the HDMI Port & Cable
There is a possibility that your TV is actually on, but that it is not transmitting data through your HDMI.
The following steps should be taken (in that order):
- Make sure the TV is plugged in before removing the HDMI cable. The issue should be resolved if this is done.
- Your HDMI cable may need to be removed and connected to another HDMI port if your TV has more than one HDMI port
- Change the HDMI cable
Your Philips Android or Google TV may also use other types of cables, such as RCA (Yellow, Red, and White) or coaxial cables.
8. Check if the TV Backlight is Defective
You may be able to turn on the Philips TV, but you will not see any picture on the screen if the backlight is defective. It will appear that the TV is not on to someone who is not familiar with it. It is also possible to see a dull blue screen (or any other dull color) instead of a totally black screen in some cases.
Can you check if the problem is with the backlight of your TV?
- The first thing you need to do is make sure your TV is plugged into a power outlet and that the power button is pressed normally in order for it to turn on
- Moreover, ensure that you’ve followed all the steps listed above (to ensure your TV actually responded to the power signal).
- You can also move the flashlight around the screen as you point it at the TV screen.
The flashlight and your reflection should be all you see if your TV’s backlight is working properly.
Despite this, if your TV backlight appears dull when you point a flashlight at it, then your TV may have a problem.
There is no problem with your TV, but there is a problem with the backlight needed to display bright images.
Your Philips TV is also affected by this problem, which can result in sound but no picture.
NOTE: Philips smart TVs cannot be tested if they are not turned off and on in the first place, so a false negative may result.
LED strips on the screen can be replaced to fix the backlight. There is quite a bit of complexity involved in this process, and it is best to have it fixed by a professional.
A TV replacement might be your best option considering the cost of fixing it.
Unless you have a problem with your backlight, you should follow the next tip.
Also, read Philips Roku TV No Sound But Not Muted
9. Warm Up TV through the Vent
It is possible for the capacitor of your TV to discharge or even change capacitance over a period of weeks or even months if it is not turned on. Normally, the board would need to be replaced, which can be quite expensive.
How’s it going?
Rather than tearing apart your TV and spending a lot of money on an expert, you can fix it yourself in just one minute!
An air blower (such as a hair dryer) is all you need in this case.
I’ll explain how this trick works and what you need to do to make it work.
Here’s how to get started.
- For 30 to 60 seconds, aim the hot air blower at the TV opening/vent (usually under the TV, but occasionally at the back or sides of the TV) while it’s on with the red light on (or while the TV keeps restarting).
- You can now turn the TV on again after turning it off.
The reason it works is as follows:
The majority of components on the board, except for the capacitors, are quite sensitive to cold environments. Every now and then, you can keep these components warm by routinely using your TV.
The components in these systems start to fail after a long period of not being used or when exposed to cold weather. This is a common problem with capacitors, for example.
The reason it works again after being heated up is because it gets warm.
There are times when this procedure is just a temporary fix, and changing the faulty or discharged capacitors is the best option. That will be shown to you later.
10. Replace Faulty Capacitors
You may not be able to turn on your Philips TV if one or more capacitors on the board are faulty.
The back of the TV needs to be opened for this to be done. You shouldn’t bother with this if you aren’t an expert or grounded for it.
Alternatively, you can check if there are any faulty capacitors by opening the back of your TV. There’s no doubt about it.
If you are going to tamper with your TV board, it would be wise to take some pictures first. During re-assembly, you will need this information.
You may see the following signs if your capacitor is faulty:
- There is a bulge at the top of the capacitor
- There is a leak in the capacitor
- It may be possible for the capacitor’s legs to have a corrosive layer
- It is pushed out of its bottom bung
NOTE: It is possible for the capacitor to be faulty without showing any visible signs. Thus, the best way to check in such a situation is to use a multimeter and compare the voltage to what should be expected/labelled on the capacitor. When the multimeter shows the wrong voltage reading, it is faulty even without any visible signs.
The capacitor must be removed and replaced as soon as any of the above visible signs appear.
In order to remove the faulty capacitor, follow these steps:
- Pay close attention to the pin where the capacitor is attached. If you want to remove the connector, you should use a soldering iron (do not pull it out by force).
- To melt the faulty capacitor pin, carefully apply heat to the pin from the back of the board using the heated soldering iron.
- Once it’s removed, you can go ahead and do so.
The following information should be kept in mind when replacing the capacitor:
- Taking some pictures of your board before removing anything earlier will help you place the new capacitor in exactly the same way as the old damaged one.
- The capacitor should be replaced with one whose ratings match the original (Voltage, Temperature, and Micro farads). You can get one with higher voltage and temperature than the old capacitor, but not lower, if you can’t get the exact value for the three ratings. There is also the possibility of increasing the micro farad slightly, but not lowering it.
A soldering iron is needed to replace the old faulty capacitor that you removed once you’ve received the new capacitors.
It is important to place the capacitors in the same place as the old one.
Your Philips TV should turn on without any issue after you cover up the TV and turn it on.
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11. Inspect for Damage in the Boards
It is also important to check the boards for visible damages, such as:
- Power board
- Main board
- Blown fuses
Alternatively, you can replace the power board if the main board is faulty.
You can ask for technical assistance if you don’t know how to do these things.
12. Contact Philips for Technical Help/Service
Your Philips TV should now work perfectly if you have followed all the tips above.
You should contact Philips for technical assistance or service if it didn’t work or you couldn’t complete some of the procedures (especially technical ones).
You get to do it free of charge if it is still covered under warranty.
Philips TVs can not turn on due to a variety of reasons, from simple issues such as an unresponsive remote control, faulty power outlets or cables, defective HDMI cables to more technical issues such as faulty power boards, main boards, blown fuses, and faulty capacitors.
Here are some things you can do if your Philips TV won’t turn on:
- Reboot your TV (or power cycle it)
- Remote controller batteries need to be replaced
- You need to reset your remote control
- Remove the remote and clean it of dust
- Another power outlet can be used to power the TV
- Power cables need to be checked and replaced
- HDMI cable needs to be replaced
- Change the HDMI port
- Lower backlight & disconnect failure circuit
- Defective backlight should be checked
- Capacitors that need to be replaced
- Check the main board and power board for damage
Also, if you are still covered by a Philips warranty, you can get your TV fixed for free.
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