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When you press the power button on your TV remote, the last thing you expect to see is a black screen. It can be frustrating when technology doesn’t work the way it was intended, and professional repairs can be pricy. Luckily there are a few troubleshooting steps you can take at home before seeking professional assistance.

Cable Connection Issues

Start by double-checking all the connections. It may sound simple, but sometimes a loose cable or a misplaced input can be the culprit behind a blank screen. Start by ensuring that the power cord is securely plugged into the TV and the wall outlet. If you’re using external devices such as a cable box, gaming console, or streaming device, check the HDMI or AV cables—unplugging and reinserting them—to make sure they are firmly secured in their respective ports. It’s also worth restarting any external devices to rule out any potential issues. Sometimes a simple reboot can work wonders!

Input Settings

If the connections seem fine, it’s time to look at the settings on your TV. If you can still access your TV’s menu, use your remote control to check if the TV is on the correct input. Sometimes, accidentally switching inputs can lead to a black screen. Cycle through the input options using the “Input” or “Source” button on your remote and see if your picture returns when you find the correct input for your device.

Display Settings

If your screen is black but the sound still works, check the TV’s settings for any unusual display configurations. Look for options like “Picture Mode” or “Display Settings” and make sure they are set to normal or default settings. Sometimes, tinkering with picture settings or selecting an incompatible display mode can result in a black screen.


If all the above fails or your screen keeps going black, it’s time to address the possibility of a software glitch. Luckily, all you need to know is how to perform a soft reset. Start by turning off the TV and unplugging it from the power source. Wait for about a minute before plugging it back in and powering it on. This reset can often resolve minor software hiccups that cause a black screen.

If the Issue Persists…

If your TV screen remains blank, it might be time to consider contacting customer support or seeking professional assistance. Manufacturers and service centers have specialized technicians who can diagnose and fix more complex hardware problems.

On the other hand, if you have an older model or you find that repairs cost more than the TV is worth, it might be time to consider upgrading to a new television. Aaron’s has a huge selection of TVs from top brands like Samsung, LG, and Sony. And with convenient rent to own payment plans, you can enjoy a bright and colorful new screen without large upfront payments!