Vizio TV Keeps Turning Off or Won’t Turn Off

The Vizio TV is a great and affordable solution for the TV until a situation arises where it cannot be turned on or off for a number of reasons. If this is exactly what is happening to you, then you are at the right place because we provide an overview of all possible causes of such inconveniences and ways you can solve the problem.

Why Vizio TV Keeps Turning Off?

So Why does Vizio TV Keeps Turning Off? A Vizio TV will turn off if there is a power surge, “Auto Off” is enabled, the TV overheats, ‘CEC’ is enabled, if the TV cable is loose, or if the mainboard is broken. However, if your Vizio TV won’t turn off, it’s likely because of the input device, overloaded internal memory, or malfunctioning remote.

As you can see, it is clear that there are many potential problems that interfere with the operation of this TV device. Each of them will be explained in more detail below with tips on how to solve them.

You can also take a look at this article Why Does My TV Turn Off By Itself? Possible Reasons.

What To Do If Vizio TV Keeps Turning Off?

When Vizio TV keeps turning off unexpectedly, randomly and without warning, you can first try to solve the problem with some of the following methods that are applicable when it comes to most electrical devices.

1. Reset Your TV

The hard reset option is often the best tip to solve problems like this. This is a common procedure that is applied when various devices fail in performance because it is a very basic and highly effective solution. 

Step 1: Turn off the TV and other devices completely. 

Step 2: Unplug the power (wall outlet) from the TV. 

Step 3: Click the ‘power’ button (located at the back of the TV) for 30 seconds. 

Step 4: Make sure that the TV is unplugged for 10 minutes before turning it on again. 

Step 5: Plug the TV back on and turn it on.

2. Reset to Factory Settings

Unlike the hard reset option, if you reset the TV to its original factory settings you need to know that this will result in restoring the device to the condition it was in when you bought it. Only use this option if you are willing to lose all of your saved TV user settings and downloaded content. 

Step 1: Use the remote control and select “Menu”

Step 2: Select System> Reset & Admin. 

Step 3: Select the ‘Reset TV to Factory Defaults’ option. 

Step 4: Enter your password. If you don’t know it or don’t have it enter ‘0000’. 

Step 5: Select and confirm the ‘Reset’ option. 

Step 6: The TV will then turn off and then on again. Wait for a few seconds.

3. Update the Firmware

It can happen that the old firmware version comes with a bug. When this occurs Vizio TV provides the option of an additional update of the firmware. Note, the TV usually updates itself to resolve such situations but you can do it yourself by using the following instructions. 

Step 1: Use the remote control to select “Menu”

Step 2: Select System> Check for Updates. 

Step 3: Accept the update if you are offered a new Firmware version.

4. Disable ‘Auto Power Off’ Feature

If Vizio TV is not used for a certain period of time, there is a feature that will turn the TV off automatically if you set the ‘Auto-Off’ option for this purpose. That could be one of the reasons why your TV turns off unexpectedly. You can easily turn off the ‘Auto-Off’ option by following these steps:

Menu > Timer Option > Auto Power Off (Mode) > Off

5. Plug Into Wall Directly

When too many devices are connected to one circuit board of the same power source at the same time, a power surge may occur. If this is the case, you will solve the problem if you connect the TV to a different power source by plugging it directly into a wall outlet.

6. Prevent Overheating

The TV may also turn off if it detects overheating for some reason. If this is the case, and if it turns out that there is no overheating problem, there is a possibility that the sensor is broken and needs to be replaced. The move involves replacing the motherboard of the device, which is a job that can be left to a professional

When the TV interferes with overheating in normal operation, the problem can be solved by reducing electricity use and cooling. This can be achieved by minimizing screen, brightness, color, and contrast options. The TV can be cooled directly and efficiently by directing the fan at its rear end.

Why Vizio TV Keeps Turning On and Off?

If Vizio TV is continuously turned on and off, this is a different type of problem. The first thing that comes to my mind is the power cable that is poorly connected to the power source which connects the device and disconnects it from the grid. It’s not hard to fix this problem. It is enough to connect the cable adequately to the power supply. Below are alternative causes of the problem. If they are not applicable in your case be sure to try to solve the problem with the general methods mentioned earlier in the text.

Another Vizio Remote Control

Problems may occur if the operation of the Vizio TV is interrupted by another remote control. This often happens if there is another Vizio remote control nearby that is programmed in a similar way. If this proves to be correct, it is recommended to download the SmartCast app for a mobile telephone which can replace the remote control.

Disable CEC Function

With the CEC option, the volume and TV on/off can be controlled by using the remote control of another device, which can sometimes go wrong. Then a malfunction appears which signals your TV “Power Off” or “Power On” option. If this is the case the CEC option should be disabled manually by the following steps:

Menu > System > CEC > Off

Turn Eco Mode On

When Eco Mode turns on, it immediately stops communication with other devices in order to save power. It also interrupts your device’s communication with the SmartCase app located on a mobile device near you and potentially confuses your device. Eco Mode can be turned off by following the steps:

Menu > System Mode > Power Mode > Eco Mode

Enable QuickStart Mode

If Eco mode is not activated it is recommended to run QuickStart Mode to solve the problem. This can be easily done by following these steps:

Menu > System Mode > Power Mode > QuickStart Mode

What If Vizio TV Shuts Off and Won’t Turn Back On?

In this case, the only thing that you can try is a hard reset. Instructions on how to do a hard reset can be found in this article at the very beginning.

If after a hard reset your Vizio TV still does not work, there is probably a problem with the motherboard that is worn out or has a malfunction. In that case, the only solution to the problem is to buy a new motherboard or a new TV.

Vizio TV Won’t Turn Off

Vizio TV users also report a problem that the device cannot be turned off. It is a situation that after the selected switch-off option, the TV screen turns black, but at the same time, it is visible that the background functions are still on. Here are effective ways you can try to resolve this issue.

Change the TV Input

There are situations when Vizo TV cannot be turned off due to a certain input that then needs to be turned off or returned to the main menu of the TV which should help to turn off the device. This could be a problem due to the use of the CEC option. If this is true, the CEC option needs to be turned off as previously explained in the text. The cause of the problem is probably that the signal of another device confuses the TV when it comes to the task of turning off.

Try to Discharge the TV’s Internal Memory

Also in this case you can try to do a hard reset to solve the problem. There are situations where the main memory is full and needs to be freed. To free the memory, unplug the TV, then press and hold the TV power button for 30 seconds.

Why Vizio TV Won’t Turn Off With Remote?

When it comes to this problem it is probably the case that something is wrong with the remote control itself. The first step is to try to put new batteries in the remote control. If batteries in your remote control don’t work, the buttons on the remote can’t send a signal to the TV. 

In this case, the problem may be that an object blocks the signal that the remote control sends to the TV. If you have replaced the batteries and found that nothing is blocking the remote control signal, try resetting it.

Reset the Remote

The Vizio TV remote control can be restarted by removing the batteries and then pressing each button repeatedly. This completely empties the remote control to eliminate possible faults. Also, this option will clear the remote control of interference that may be located below the ignition key. If none of the above helps to solve this problem with the remote control, try some of the methods listed earlier.

Vizio TV Won’t Turn Off Black Screen

When the Vizo TV cannot be turned off while the background functions remain on, there is a possibility that the internal memory of the TV is full. You can find a solution to this problem earlier in the text. Note, this problem can occur with cables/set-top boxes, and is manifested by the screen turning black but not completely after turning off the device, and then turning on again after the cable remote recognizes that the TV is being used again.

FAQ: People Also Ask

How long do VIZIO TVs last?

On average, Vizo TV users can use it for 7 years, but this time can be reduced by excessive use of available functions.

Why does my TV keep turning off by itself?

This problem occurs when the ‘Auto-Off’ option is activated on Vizo TV, which aims to save energy. The savings are achieved so that if there is no user of the TV for 10 minutes, the device automatically shuts down. This option can be turned off like this: Menu > Sleep Timer > Auto-Off 

Why is the screen black when I turn on my Vizio TV?

When you turn on the device and the Vizio TV screen is black, you probably have a problem with the screen itself. You need to select the ‘Menu’ option to check if the image can appear. If the picture does not appear and one thing you see is the LED indicator light, the TV may not be running on enough power. Then you need to disconnect the TV from the mains, press the power button, hold it for 5 seconds and then turn the TV back on.

Final Thoughts

Vizio TV has found its place in the mid-range market. Like other devices in the same product category, Vizio TV may also run into an operating problem such as turning off. This is a problem that can be solved by trying out all the methods that we have listed in this article. If you do not manage to solve your problem, you should call a professional for help. We believe that this review will be helpful to you and that with the help of our tips you will be able to solve the difficulties you have encountered. Feel free to comment and tell us what you think.


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