If Your LG TV Won’t Turn On, Try These 6 Quick Fixes


Is your LG TV refusing to wake up more than a teenager on a school morning?

If so, don’t worry. You’re not alone. LG TV’s (and other brands) can often have issues that lead them to refuse to turn on. In this guide, we’ll help you solve your TV issues and get you back to having your feet up.

If your LG TV won’t turn on, first check the power cord connections and power switch. Unplug the TV for 30 seconds, and try again. Make sure the sensors are unblocked, and try a reset via the remote to turn the LG TV back on.

That’s the summary, anyway. But if those don’t work (or you want more details), then read on and let’s do what we can to get your LG TV turning on.

Get your LG TV working again without calling a technician, just follow the steps below!

6 Fixes For An LG TV That Won’t Turn On

So, your LG TV won’t turn on. You’ve been pressing the power button on and off for…well…longer than you’d like to admit. But, there’s no hope. It’s as dead as a doormat.

I can think of 100 things more entertaining than spending all evening staring at a black screen. And I’m sure you can too. So, let’s take a look at 6 easy fixes that will help you repair your LG TV and put you and your family out of your misery.

#1 Check the Connections

To get your TV fix underway, the first thing you need to do is to check that everything is connected properly. This means inspecting the cables behind the TV anything that the TV is connected to. When inspecting your cables, keep an eye out for the following.

  • Damaged cables. If there are any exposed wires you must repair them.
  • Cables out of socket. Make sure that you push your cable connections firmly into the mains socket. These can easily become loose when kids are playing or when you are cleaning.

Once you’ve checked that your cables are inserted correctly, why not perform an electrical test on your mains outlet? Try removing your TV cable and plugging in another electrical item and testing it. This way, you can be sure there isn’t a problem with the mains outlet itself. If there is, you will have to call an electrician.

Start by testing your electrical connections

Is your LG TV plugged into an extension cord? Then your TV may be struggling to turn on because of having to compete with other electrical devices.

Try the following to make it easier for your TV to turn on.

  • Unplug any high electricity-consuming devices from the extension cord. Then try to turn the TV on.
  • Unplug the TV from the extension cord and plug it directly into a wall electricity outlet. Then try to turn the TV on.

If you have tested the cables but your TV still won’t turn on, move on to the next fix.

#2 Press the Power Switch

If your LG TV isn’t working, perhaps your remote control is at fault. That’s why it is important to try to turn the TV on without the use of the remote.

Try turning the TV on using the power switch (not on the remote). You should be able to locate the button in one of the following places.

  • On the panel under the LG logo
  • On the rear bottom right-hand side

If you have tried pushing the power switch but nothing happens, move on to the next remote control fix.

#3 Unblock the Sensors

For your remote control to operate your TV, you need to make sure that there isn’t anything blocking its sensor. This is because the ON/OFF function is powered by infrared light rays (IR).

The sensor on most LG TVs is on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. To make sure your remote works properly, remove any items that are obstructing the panel around your TV screen. You should also avoid placing your hand over the top end of the remote while using it.

If you have tried these suggestions and your TV screen still doesn’t show any signs of life, try the next remote fix.

Using tv remote
Make sure that the remote sensors are not blocked

#4 Reset the Remote

If all else has failed, there is one more fix we can do to make sure that your remote control is working properly. That is to reset it. Resetting it should fix any problems with the remote itself.

Here’s how to do it.

  1. Take the back panel off of the remote and remove the batteries
  2. Press and hold the power button on the remote for 20 seconds
  3. Replace the batteries in the remote control and put the back panel back on
  4. Test the remote control with the TV
Start by removing the batteries in the remote control

#5 Unplug the TV

Unplugging your TV then plugging it back in again could give it the boost of energy it needs to wake up from its trance. Think of it as a bucket of ice-cold water over you in the early hours of the morning.

Some LG TVs have a detachable power cord on the rear panel. If your TV does, try the following.

  1. Unplug the detachable power cord and leave it unplugged for 10 seconds
  2. Plug the power cord back into the TV
  3. Try to turn the TV on using the power button

#6 Reset the TV

If you have attempted the fixes mentioned above but are still not having success, you should try to reset the TV.

To manually reset your LG TV, do the following.

  1. Unplug the TV at the mains
  2. Press and hold the power button on the TV (not on the remote) for 30 seconds
  3. Leave the TV unplugged for a further 2 minutes
  4. Plug the TV back in and try to turn it on using the power button on the TV (not on the remote)

If you are a visual learner, take a look at the handy tutorial video of all the steps we have seen so far. ‎‎

What to Do If Your LG TV Still Won’t Turn On

So you’ve tried all the fixes in this article, but no matter what you do your TV is still throwing a tantrum. This may indicate that there is something more serious wrong with it. It could be one of the following things.

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So what’s the best thing to do if your LG TV still won’t turn on? Here are some tips.

  • Try the fixes in this article.
  • Check the warranty on your TV. If you are still within yours, it shouldn’t cost you anything to have your TV repaired.
  • Then call a technician and discuss the fixes that you have already tried. This should save you some time on the line and will make sure that you do not pay a call-out charge for no reason.


There’s nothing more frustrating than a TV that refuses to turn on. And there’s no way we’re going to put up with watching this year’s baseball season on a tiny tablet. That’s why I’m sure the 6 fixes in this article will help you to get your TV working again. Not only that, but they have no doubt also saved you money on call-out charges from your TV supplier.

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Have a great day!


Hi there! I’m Craig, and I’m the founder of Appliance Analysts. When it comes to appliances and anything electrical, I’ve always loved opening things up, figuring out how they work, and fixing them. This website is where I share free advice from myself and our experts to help our readers solve their appliance/HVAC problems and save money. Read more