Panasonic is a famous brand that makes all sorts of electronic devices, and they’re known for making pretty decent television sets. Even with a decent brand like Panasonic, some % of TV’s are going to run into problems.
If you’re having problems with your Panasonic TV, I want to help you get it figured out. Some of these will be easy fixes that you can try right now. It’s entirely possible that we’ll be able to troubleshoot and get you watching TV again in just a few minutes, but if there’s a more complex problem, we’ll do our best to help you diagnose that too.
At the end of the day, we’ll help you determine if your TV needs to be replaced or if it’s still salvageable. So, if your Panasonic TV is not turning on, here’s what you need to know…
The Easiest Solution When Panasonic TV Won’t Turn On
Most of the time, the following steps will fix your issue. Not always! But this solution for a Panasonic TV that doesn’t turn on is quick, free, and easy to try so if it works – it’s a huge win! If it doesn’t work, we’ll try something else. Sounds like a good enough starting point, right?
Panasonic TV won’t turn on? Try this first…
- Unplug your TV from it’s power source (unplug it from the wall, or unplug the power cable from the back of your TV.)
- Hold the power button on your TV for 60 seconds.
- Let go of the power button after a minute, and then plug the TV back in and try turning it on.
If the above solution didn’t work, try this next:
- With the TV still plugged in, press and hold the power button for 20 seconds and see if the TV turns on.
- Try holding one of the volume buttons at the same time as you hold the power button.
- Press and hold the on/off switch on your TV (the power button) and then press and hold the red button on the remote for half of a minute.
Those were the four different methods to do a hard reset for your Panasonic TV. If a hard reset doesn’t work, I want to go over a few other things you can try.
These are the main solutions because they can fix a lot of different bugs and glitches with your TV, and as you’ve seen, they’re really easy to attempt.
With these out of the way, we’ll move on to some other suggestions. Some are easy, some are a bit more complex or costly.
Here’s a more in-depth guide about how to reset your Panasonic TV.
Check Your Power Sources
The next thing to try is to make sure that the power outlet is working. Try unplugging your TV and plugging something else into the electrical outlet. If that other thing (a lamp, a BluRay, a phone charger, whatever) is working and receiving power, then we know the issue is with the TV itself.
Now, this means the issue could be with your TV’s power supply or another electrical issue. Due to the potential danger of electrocution, I’m not going to recommend that the average user opens up their TV and starts poking around at the electrical system. It’s just not a good idea.
If you’re comfortable with electronics, you’ve probably already tried this step, but you can carefully remove the back of the TV and look for any issues with the capacitors, or any other visual signs of damage that could be preventing the TV from getting power.
Check The Backlighting of Your TV
It’s possible that your TV actually is turning on, but that there’s an issue with the backlight. The backlight shines through and lights up the screen of the TV, so if the backlight is damaged and not working, then the TV is on and playing but you can’t see the pictures.
The way to test this is pretty simple. You’ll need to simple shine a bright light behind your TV, if there are vents that aren’t blocked by a circuit board. Otherwise, you may have to remove the back of the television carefully to be able to shine a flashlight behind the screen.
Then, simply look at the front of the TV and see if you can see anything on the screen where the light’s shining through. If you can, then we have successfully identified a faulty backlight.
Replacing parts on modern TV’s can be worth it if it’s a very expensive TV, but for regular-priced TV’s, the repair usually doesn’t cost a lot less than the TV is worth, so people usually won’t opt to have them repaired.
Other Things To Try When Panasonic TV Won’t Turn On…
We’ve gone over the main fixes and issues, but if that’s not working then there are still a few things to consider. These are the long-shots, but if you’ve tried everything else, here are some other suggestions before throwing in the towel.
Using the above schematic, you can use a multi-meter to test the voltages to ensure that the correct areas are getting the power they need. If you’re comfortable with board repair, you can solider on a replacement part but this goes above what most consumers will be comfortable doing to repair their TV.
The final thing is to think about any devices that are plugged into the TV. There have been reports that a Chromecast can cause issues, in very rare cases, that will prevent a Panasonic TV from turning on. Try unplugging any devices that are connected to the TV such as a Chromecast, a cable box, a DVD player, etc.
If Nothing Works…
If none of the above solutions did the job, you’re in the tiny group of people who have a more rare issue, unfortunately. You can take your TV to a shop if it’s not too old, otherwise it might be time to just replace it.
It’s awful, it feels wasteful, but on the plus side you can donate the TV to an electronics class at a school, or drop it off as e-waste so it can be recycled.