I like fixing things myself whenever possible. Fixing my LG TV was intimidating at first, but it was actually fairly easy.
Why Won't My Flat Screen TV Turn On?
LED TVs have a known problem with capacitors going bad. If your LG LED TV won't turn on or makes repeated clicking sounds, there is a very good chance that you can save hundreds of dollars doing this simple repair yourself.
I know, I know. You're thinking, "Tinker inside my LED HDTV. Are you crazy?" No, I'm not crazy. This is a repair almost anyone can do, it's actually quite simple, and with only a few basic tools and about 20 bucks, you can have your TV working in less than an hour.
The step-by-step repair below was done on a LG 42LN5300 LED HDTV, but this easily repairable solution can be performed on any Flat Screen TV.
What if I don't have an LG TV?
Don't worry. The steps below will help you repair any brand of TV.
You will need the five items below for this repair:
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Wire Cutters
- Soldering Iron
- Capacitors (You'll get these after identifying bad capacitors in Step 5)
Need a soldering iron? No problem. They are cheap and easy to use. I highly recommend the J&L 60 Watts Soldering Iron. It's about 20 bucks, or if you're looking for the lowest price possible, this 60W soldering iron with stand is about $8 (shipped prime) and will work just fine.
These tools aren't required, but they can make the process easier.
- Magnetic, ratcheting, flexible screwdriver (to help remove all the casing screws)
- Cordless Screwdriver (to help remove all the casing screws)
- Desoldering wick (absorbs melted solder)
- Solder sucker (remove melted solder)
- Flux Pen (flux on solder makes it flow and less "sticky")
- Multi-Meter (test for bad Caps, helpful if there are no visual clues)
Step 1: Remove the Stand
After unplugging everything on the TV, you will need to remove the stand. If your TV was wall mounted you will need to remove the TV from the wall, and remove the mounting bracket from the back of the TV.
Red arrows: Remove these 4 screws to remove stand from TV.
Blue arrows: Remove these 4 screws to remove a wall mount (not shown) from your TV.
The TV sits on top and inside the stand, so it wont just flop over when you remove the stand screws, but it's always safer to have a friend hold the TV upright as you remove the screws from the stand. Then each of you grab a side and carefully lay it flat on a carpeted surface.
Step 2: Remove the Back Casing
There are 16 screws to remove that will allow the back casing of the TV to come off. Remove all of the screws shown at the "yellow arrows" below.
Removing all of these screws is made much simpler using a cordless or ratcheting screwdriver.
When handling your TV always keep it straight up (like your watching it) or laid flat. Any force applied at odd angles can damage the fragile glass front.
Step 3: Remove Power Board
With the back casing removed locate the power board (pictured below).
- Take a picture of the board (will help during re-assembly)
- Remove all power harnesses using a simple tug on the connector clip (not the wiring)
- Remove all screws holding board down
If you're not working on the LG 42LN5300, your power board will look different, but the process is the same.
Step 4: Learning How to Identify Bad Capacitors
Usually, but not always, capacitors will show visible signs of failure. There are two main types of visible failure.
When it fails, the chemical reaction inside the capacitor can produce hydrogen gas, so capacitors have vents cut into the tops of their aluminum cans. These are intended to break and release the gas that has built up inside the capacitor. So, a capacitor which has failed can show bulging at the top. Below is an example.
Another sign of a failed capacitor is leaking fluid (electrolyte). This can be an orange or brownish discharge from either the top or bottom of the capacitor. Usually a leaking capacitor will also be bulging. But not all bulging capacitors are leaking.
We want to emphasize that capacitors do not always show visible signs of failure. But if you see signs of this on your board, you can be confident that you're close to fixing your TV. If you don't see these signs of failure, but your TV had the tell-tail clicking sound, you still can be fairly certain the steps below will fix your TV
Step 5: Find Bad Capacitors on Your Board
On the LG LED TV power board pictured above, I have indicated which capacitors you should be examining for signs of failure. The Capacitors are Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors, and are the most likely cause of your problem.
Don't worry if your board looks a little different. Simply examine all Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors and usually the faulty one(s) stand out.
Note: Do not bother with the large capacitors (2 or 3 will be on every board). These are high voltage, rarely fail and for safety require a little more expertise to work on.
Take a picture (or several pictures) of your board. Use them to verify re-assembly
Step 6: Removing Capacitors
Capacitors have polarity. What this means is, like a battery, they have a positive (+) and a negative (-) side. Before removing any capacitor, note which side the white stripe of the capacitor is facing. You will need to put in the new capacitor in the same direction. Takes Notes or Take a picture, or you will ruin your TV.
Now that you've identified the capacitors that look bad, turn the board over and carefully identify exactly which points on the board are from these capacitors. Circle them with a "sharpie" type pen to keep track.
Grab your friend and have them help you on this next step. Balancing the circuit board on its side while using a hot soldering iron and pliers can be a bit tricky.
Plug in the soldering iron and give it 10 minutes to get hot.
With the circuit board on its edge, have your friend grab one of the capacitors with the pliers and apply a very gentle pulling pressure. Apply the tip of the soldering iron to one lead on the back side of the board and hold it there until you see the solder melt. Now switch to the other lead until it melts. Keep going back and forth on the leads. Each time the solder will melt faster. After going back and forth a couple times the capacitor will easily come out.
Repeat for each capacitor that you are replacing.
Use desoldering wick or a solder sucker to remove solder from a capacitor lead.
Let the soldering iron do the work. If the capacitor does not easily pull out, do not force it.
Step 7: Time to Go Shopping
Having found and removed the bad capacitors on your board, it's time to buy new ones. Capacitors are rated for their application and you must replace like for like. There are three ratings to identify:
- uF (micro farads)
uF (micro farads)
Ideally you should match the uF and the temperature rating exactly. But it is acceptable to use a capacitor rated higher uF if it is within 20% of the original.
Match the temperature rating, but you can go higher if needed. Not Lower!
Match if Possible. You can use a larger value if needed. Not Lower!
Where to buy? Often you can find replacements capacitors at your local electronic store. But it may be easier to buy replacements from Amazon.com.
If your replacement capacitors don't match exactly what was removed, write the original values on the circuit board with a sharpie. If you ever have to replace them again you want to try and match the original values.
Step 8: Install New Capacitors
Insert capacitor, making sure to place the negative side in the correct location (look at your notes or pictures and confirm). If there is hard solder in the hole, simply apply the soldering iron until solder melts and slip capacitor leads in.
Bend back the leads to hold the capacitor in place.
Carefully clip the leads so that only about 1/8" is protruding.
Place your soldering iron and solder on lead until the heat melts the solder. Once solder melts onto the lead, apply the iron on the lead and solder a few times to melt the solder cleanly on the lead. If you have solder flux, the solder will make a clean connection.
Once the Capacitors are installed clean any flux or solder residue with a damp cloth.
Step 9: Reverse the Process
- Attached the circuit board.
- Reattach all wiring harnesses.
- Replace the back cover.
- Turn on TV and be happy that you save yourself a ton of money.
Congratulations! This fix works. It worked for me, and it worked for hundreds of people reading this and my other articles.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2019 Discoverinfo
Zenawi yigzaw on September 14, 2020:
Thsnk you for your tutorial
Les on July 28, 2020:
I followed your guidelines, which were easy to follow.
My LG switched off and then made clicking sounds.
Took it the back off, but all capacitors appear ok, even the tiny ones.
Gave it a good hoover and will check in 24 hours if it's made any difference.
Paul Hollick on June 09, 2020:
I have a different model LG television, but I was able to follow your steps and diagnose that three capacitors had failed.
I managed to buy the capacitors and a solder sucker, and today I fixed my TV.
Thank you for the instructions.
Okoli on May 10, 2020:
dan on October 15, 2019:
not power on or no led red lights on how to fix it
Nicola Thomson on September 13, 2019:
My LG TV won't come on the red light lights up and then dissapears and lights up back and forth red and makes 2 clicking noises as if it turns on then off but screen doesn't come on what could be the diagnosis dont use it that often just brought it out yesterday before that it was 2 weeks since I had used it and it worked fine
Amanda on August 11, 2019:
Thanks for this! We replaced two bad capacitors but it's still not working! You can hear it turn on a d a few seconds later it clicks off. Do you have any suggestions for this? Thanks!
Charles Harte on August 04, 2019:
I tried to turn on the tv after being gone for 6 months. The power was disconnected. I plugged it in and the red status light did not light. I have checked the cord, powered, and have removed the back. All the capacitors look flat, no leaking that I can see. Could it be the on/off toggle switch. LG 50LF6100 tv. Any suggestions thanks.
Hi on June 11, 2019:
Hi i have an lg 42le4500 tv. The initial logo will turn on and then then goes blank screen. If i restart the process it does the same. Could you please help
Discoverinfo (author) on May 20, 2019:
yes it can be the same issue. the status light can come on, meaning the unit has power, but with bad capacitors the screen wont be able to be lit up. (or might come on then go off)
I would definitely at least take off the back over and look for bad capacitors. the bulging tops (ususally) or leaking (less often) is pretty easy to identify.
Jon Co on May 20, 2019:
Thank you for the detailed guide! The Status light turns on when I hit the power button but nothing happens on screen - can this be the same issue? or if light is on that means these parts are OK?
Discoverinfo (author) on May 12, 2019:
I'm curious to see how it went? Any updates?
kwishatse. kefa on May 04, 2019:
I have seen your tutorial direction and I. Will try to put into action and see what on.