You’ve been waiting all week for a new episode of your favorite TV show to come out. All week! You plop down on the couch and start it, only to be rudely interrupted by a TV that keeps turning off by itself. Is someone playing tricks on you, or is your TV broken? Learn how to troubleshoot a TV that keeps turning off, and find out if it’s time to get a new TV.
Why Is My TV Turning On and Off By Itself?
Power Supply Problems
A little bit of investigating may help you figure out what causes your TV to turn on and off by itself. First, check the power supply. Is the cord securely plugged into the wall? A loose connection can cause your TV to turn off unexpectedly, and so can an aging power supply cord. If you notice frayed wires or damage to your TV’s power cord, it’s time to shop for a new TV to prevent further issues and potential electrical hazards.
If it’s not the power supply that’s making your TV turn off and on, your connected devices could be to blame. Is that old DVD player or ancient cable box sending “wake up” signals to your TV without you prompting it? Ugh! Technology doesn’t last forever, and older devices are bound to misfire at some point.
Upgrade to a new rent-to-own TV, like an LG 65″ Smart 4K UHD TV, for built-in features that won’t require you to hook up additional devices. Not only will you get ultra-high resolution and endless on-demand entertainment, but you’ll also get the satisfaction of cutting ties with that expensive cable provider.
If your TV suddenly turned off with no visible issues, the problem could be inside the hardware. A typical problem starts with the motherboard, where all your TV’s components meet and exchange signals. If the motherboard is worn or damaged, the TV overheats, causing it to turn off and on by itself. Unfortunately, replacing a worn motherboard can be a costly and unreliable repair. Besides, who has time to ship or haul a TV somewhere for repairs when Rent-A-Center can deliver a new one to your media room for free? And usually on the same day you place an order!
How Do I Fix a TV that Turns On and Off By Itself?
If your TV doesn’t stay on, you can try these steps:
1. Switch out your surge protector. A faulty surge protector can cause interruptions to the electrical current or fail to supply enough power to run your TV. To check whether this is the case, plug the TV in directly to your wall outlet. If the TV works, your old power strip is to blame, and it’s time to get a new one.
2. Test the remotes. A power button on your TV or device remote could be stuck, which sends your TV constant signals to turn on and off. To determine if this is your problem, take the batteries out of one device remote at a time. If the TV stays on when you kill the remote, bingo! You’ve zeroed in on the faulty controller! Repair or replace that remote and resume your binge-watching ASAP.
3. Check your circuit breaker panel. If your TV isn’t the only thing turning off, your home’s circuit breaker may have been tripped. Power surges or temporary outages can cause this, and the fix is as simple as resetting the breaker switch. If it happens repeatedly, though, your TV could be the very thing that’s tripping the breaker. In that case, it’s time to turn to an electrician or purchase a new, more energy-efficient TV.
4. Shop for a new TV. Poor picture quality, crackly or inconsistent speaker sound, and visible screen cracks or damage are all telltale signs that it’s time to upgrade your TV. Should you get a 55-, 65-, or 75-inch LG Smart 4K UHD TV? Should you choose an LED or OLED? What do all these specs mean anyway? Don’t worry — Rent-A-Center has your back! Our TV buying guide can walk you through the steps for choosing the perfect rent-to-own TV, from choosing a size that maximizes your living room furniture layout to finding the best options for video gaming or movie nights.
Upgrade to a New TV Today
Is your TV turning on and off by itself? Sure, you could have a ghost in your home. Or, it could just be time to upgrade your TV! We can’t help you with ghostbusting, but we CAN help you find the best rent-to-own TV! You deserve a new TV that only turns off when you want it to, so browse rent-to-own TVs online and visit your nearest Rent-A-Center to experience them in person. We can often arrange same-day delivery and setup for free!