If your LG TV Keeps Turning Off Every 5 to 10 seconds, it’s a hardware-related issue.
Not triggered by the TV’s settings-related fault!
But, if the TV shuts down after 15-30 minutes, then the issue is settings related. Maybe the TV’s “Auto Power Off” or the “Power Off Timer” is turned on.
Anyway, this article will break down both scenarios and provide a step-by-step process on how to fix your LG TV that turns off by itself.
Let’s dive into it…
How to Fix LG TV Keeps Turning Off Every 5 seconds
Here are the step-by-step guidelines;
Step 1: Adjust the settings
[This step is specifically for those whose TV shuts down after every 15-30 minutes automatically!]
As I mentioned earlier, this is a settings-related fault, so you need to adjust the settings in order to solve this.
First, check the “Auto Power Off” feature.
To do this:
- Press the Home or Smart button on the remote.
- Go to Settings > General.
- Highlight Auto Power Off and turn the setting OFF.
Once you have turned off the “Auto Power Off” feature, look for another option called “Power Off Timer.” This feature is similar to the ‘Auto Power Off’ feature but may not be available in many models.
Nevertheless, try checking it and disable it if you find it.
- Press the Home or Smart key on the remote.
- Go to Settings > Time.
- Set “Off Time” to Off.
Once you have disabled these features, your LG TV should no longer shut off by itself after a specific time.
Reminder: If a USB drive or USB keyboard is connected to your TV, disconnect it. Your USB-connected device may be infected with malware or contain harmful files.
Step 2: Disassemble the TV and clean the power board
[Now for those whose LG TV Turning Off Every 5-10 Seconds]
Although it may require some additional effort and do-it-yourself work, I wanted to feature this step at first.
Do you know why?
This simple trick has successfully resolved the issue in approximately 76% of cases, based on feedback.
Larry told his story in an email to Homespoiler;
“F**king Ants for me…. Cleaned it . Used some ant chalk powder. Surrounding TV, inside aluminium plate that the motherboard was mounted on. BAM, it worked.. no more random shut down.”—Larry, United Kingdom
So, here’s what you have to do:
- Open the back panel of the TV using a screwdriver.
- Inspect the power supply board for any dust accumulation.
- You might come across some ants or dust in that area.
- Thoroughly clean both the ants and dust.
Once you’ve completed the cleaning, reattach the back panel. Now, power on the TV and check if the issue has been resolved.
In my opinion, without further troubleshooting, this method should rectify the issue of random shutting down.
Step 3: Test the Video Processor IC Chip
Don’t get me wrong!
Though it is unlikely that the video processor IC chip is directly causing the TV to shut down after 5-10 seconds, it can still force the TV to shut down if the chip gets overheated due to any technical malfunction.
First, try accessing the TV settings.
As soon as the TV turns on, immediately open the menu/video settings and lower the value for brightness, contrast, sharpness, and color.
If the video settings were all at 100%, reduce them to 40%.
If the lower video settings allow your TV to run for a lot longer period of time, then the problem is probably on the video circuit card.
In my experience, the problem usually lies in the Video processor IC Chip on the video circuit board. (This is the circuit board that has all of the HDMI and RF connections on it)
To test the Chip:
- Remove the rear cover panel from the TV.
- Locate the Video circuit board and the video processor chip.
- keep your finger on it.
If the Chip is hot enough to fry an egg on it, and you scream ‘Ouch!’, that means the problem is on the video circuit card. In this case, replacing the video circuit card is the permanent/only solution.
Tip: You can install a heat sink onto the hot chip or cut a small rectangular hole in the rear panel of the TV and install a super quiet mini USB cooling fan. This will blow cool air over the chip and its heat sink, helping to keep the TV working.
Step 4: Test and replace the power supply board
If your LG TV still keeps turning off every few minutes, the problem is with the power supply circuit board.
But the repair usually entails buying and installing a new circuit board.
Here’s how you can replace the power supply board:
- Lay the TV face down on a soft surface and remove the base of the TV by unscrewing all the base screws.
- Remove all the head screws on the back of the TV and carefully remove the black plastic back panel of the TV to expose the electronics inside.
- Carefully disconnect the two wire bundles attached to the power supply board and remove the four screws holding the power supply board in place. Now you can lift out the power supply board.
- Replace the old power supply board with a new one.
- Reconnect all of the cables and connections on the new power supply board and reattach the back panel and the base of the TV.
After you have successfully replaced the power supply board, your TV will start working as normal. Feel free to share your opinion and thoughts in the comment section below.
WARNING: Before opening the device, unplug the TV from the power source and ALWAYS hold down the power button to deplete the potentially lethal voltage the caps are holding.
Q: Why does my LG TV keep turning off every 5 seconds?
There could be several reasons behind this issue.
An LG TV can keep turning off every 5 seconds if there is a fault in the power supply board, an overheated video circuit chip, or an issue with the CI transistor.
This can also happen if there is an issue with the remote control or a glitch in the TV’s system (although it’s very rare).
Q: Is it normal for an LG TV to turn off after a certain period of inactivity?
Yes, many LG TVs have an energy-saving feature called “Auto Power Off” or “Idle TV Standby,” which automatically turns off the TV after a specific period of inactivity.
As mentioned in this article in step one, you can adjust or disable this feature through the TV’s settings menu.
Q: I recently connected a new device to my LG TV, and now it turns off by itself. What should I do?
Incompatibility between devices or faulty connections can cause the TV to turn off unexpectedly.
Try disconnecting the new device and see if the issue persists. If the TV works fine without it, double-check the connections, update the device’s firmware if possible, or consult the device manufacturer for compatibility issues.
Q: Why does my LG TV keep turning off when I’m streaming content?
Streaming apps and services can sometimes overload the TV’s system, leading to unexpected shutdowns.
Try clearing the cache of the streaming app, ensuring a stable internet connection, or using an external streaming device like Roku or Chromecast to alleviate the strain on the TV’s internal resources.
Abdul Kader, a handy guy and experienced founder of a TV repair shop in Gulshan, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is mainly an expert in understanding and repairing different types of issues with Smart TVs and providing helpful insights on how to keep them in good working order. Read his Full Story.