Your Samsung TV blinks the red light 5 times, then makes a clicking sound or just goes out. Has this happened to you, or is it happening right now? If you have experienced or are experiencing your Samsung TV red light blinking 5 times, this article is for you. We will look at possible causes and possible fixes.
Samsung TV is a high-quality product, but as with all electronics, it can develop faults. Some you can fix yourself with DIY methods, others you can’t. If you try the suggestions here and they don’t fix the problem, please contact Samsung customer support.
Unlike some other TV brands that provide some sort of code that will help you identify the problem, Samsung does not use blink codes. Even if they show up, there is no guide for it. We can only guess what the issue could be.
It can either be a problem with the TV’s mainboard or the LEDs. It could also be a power issue, but we can never be too sure. Even if you try these fixes and they do work, your TV might repeat this from time to time. That will be a clear indication that you have been fixing a symptom, not the underlying issue.
If it is a power board problem, the TV’s capacitors could be damaged, which will need an expert to look at it. The capacitors are responsible for releasing electrical power to your TV. If they are faulty, your TV won’t turn.
Fix 1: Reset Your TV
You can do this by unplugging your TV from the power source for about 15 minutes. Before plugging it back in, hold down the power button and plug in the TV to the power source simultaneously. This might be all you need to get it working again.
Fix 2: Replace LEDs
If you are pretty techy, you can take the screen apart to expose the backlight LEDs. Test each LED strip for continuity to see if they are burned out or shorted. If there are a couple of them burnt out, this could be the reason for your Samsung TV red light blinking without turning on. It is best to replace the LEDs.
Fix 3: Get a New Power
If it’s a power, getting a new power will get the TV to work. It is worth trying before thinking of discarding the entire TV set to get a new one. You can pull the power board and replace every cap. Make sure you match the capacitance and go equal or greater on voltage. Make sure the polarity is correct, and you don’t solder any bridges or miss any connections. To be sure that the caps have gone bad since they don’t always fail visibly, you might have to get an ESR tester to get a better indication of the condition of a cap.
You can also get a service manual from Samsung. The document may help you decipher what the blink codes mean, and maybe point to something that you need to fix.
If you try these and you still cannot get them fixed, it will be best to contact Samsung customer support. You can contact them through their online help service or just drop it off at their collection point.
They might recommend solutions to try yourself. If you have HDMI devices plugged in, all it might take to get your TV working again is unplugging them. If you still have a warranty, it might be in your favor to have Samsung check it out and fix the problem from the very start.