As a proud owner of a Sony TV, I recently found myself facing the frustrating situation of the red light blinking 6 times. At first, I thought I was the only one experiencing this issue, but as it turns out, it’s a common problem among Sony TV owners. Despite the initial frustration, I was relieved to find that there are some simple steps I can take to fix it and get my TV up and running again.
In this blog post, I’ll share what I’ve learned about the red light blinking six times and provide a few easy solutions to try at home. With a little patience and some basic troubleshooting skills, you can also fix your Sony TV and enjoy your favorite shows and movies.
What causes the Sony TV to blink red six times?
There are a few different reasons why a Sony TV might blink red light six times. Some possible causes include a power outage or surge, a hardware failure, or a problem with the TV’s firmware or software. Additionally, the blinking may be a sign of a failed or failing electrical component in the TV, such as the power supply or main board.
However, these are the primary reasons your Sony TV flashes red light six times.
- A software or firmware issue
- A power surge or power outage.
- A malfunctioning power supply unit.
- A faulty or damaged mainboard.
- A short circuit or electrical malfunction in the TV’s internal components.
How to troubleshoot the “Sony TV red light blinking 6 times” problem?
In short: To troubleshoot your Sony TV that flashes the red light 6 times, you can try power cycling it. To do this, unplug your TV and wait for 60 seconds. During this time, press and hold the power button for 60 seconds. Once the allotted time has passed, plug your TV back in, and it should be functioning properly again.
Ok, let’s dive into the detailed solutions. But before that, look at the bellow table for a better understanding.
|Outdated Firmware||Update the TV|
|Faulty backlight||Replace it|
|Damaged mainboard||Repair It|
1. Power reboot your TV
This is the very first step whenever you face this kind of error. Sony TVs are susceptible to damage during power outages or sudden shocks. If this occurs, a power cycle may be able to resolve the issue by clearing any data stored in the TV’s memory.
Fear not, performing a power cycle will not erase your downloaded content or settings. Here’s how to power cycle your TV:
- Turn off the TV and unplug it from the power outlet.
- Wait for at least three minutes before plugging it back in.
- Once the required time has passed, turn on the TV.
This process will allow the TV to reset and potentially clear any issues that may have occurred. If the problem persists after power cycling the TV, move on to the next step.
Warning: For a Sony projection TV that uses an internal lamp, do not plug it back in until 5 minutes have passed after turning off the TV. This will give the lamp time to cool down and power cycle the TV properly.
2. Firmware update your TV via USB
As I mentioned earlier, If your TV’s firmware is outdated or corrupted, it may not be able to function correctly or even stop working altogether. You may know, Sony releases new monthly updates to improve its system’s performance and fix minor bugs.
However, if you update your TV, there is a chance that your problem may be fixed. But you have to do this via a USB flash drive. Here’s how to do this:
- First, download the latest firmware for your TV model from the Sony website.
- Right-click the downloaded firmware file, then select “Send To,” “Extract” (or “Zip“), and the extraction program loads onto the screen.
- Connect a USB drive to your computer and copy the downloaded firmware file to the drive.
- Click “Start,” “(My) Computer,” then right-click the removable device icon and select “Eject.” (Disconnect the USB flash drive from the USB port on the computer once the icon disappears.)
- Now, insert the USB drive into a USB port on your TV and then power the TV on.
When the USB flash drive is inserted into the device, it will automatically begin uploading the data onto the TV.
Once the process is finished, a prompt will appear on the screen, instructing you to remove the flash drive from the computer system. Now check whether your problem has been fixed or not. If not, look at the next step.
3. Power reset your TV
This is the last thing that you can do yourself. If it still doesn’t work, you may need to contact a professional TV repairer. But don’t worry! almost 70% of Sony users who experienced this flashing red light six times issue fixed their TV with this method.
However, you need to do this in a different method to properly preload the TV’s internal components. Here’s how to do that:
- First, unplug the TV from the power outlet.
- While the TV is unplugged, locate the “Power” and “Volume Down (-)” buttons on your TV and then press and hold both of them.
- At the same time while these buttons are pressed, replug your TV back in a power outlet.
Warning: Do not release the power and volume down buttons on the TV until it is plugged into the power outlet. Otherwise, it will not get reset correctly.
Continue holding down the power and volume buttons until the LED light on the device changes color. This can either be green or white, depending on the model you are using. The length of time that you will need to wait for the reset to fully complete can vary, with some models taking anywhere from 15 to 60 seconds.
However, once the LED light has changed color, you can release the buttons, as this indicates that the reset has been successfully completed. Now, turn on your TV and check if the problem has been fixed.
Sometimes you may need to reset it again and again. Sony advises that you may need to attempt a reset up to five times in certain cases before it is successful. So, if the first attempt does not work, don’t give up – keep trying until you find the reset that works for your device. It’s hard to predict which attempt will be successful, so don’t be discouraged if it takes a few tries to find the solution.
Did nothing work?
If the previous attempts at troubleshooting have been unsuccessful and your Sony TV is still not turning on and flashing the red light six times, there is another underlying issue causing the malfunction.
1. TV’s backlight is damaged.
TV’s backlight can be damaged due to a power outage or bad electric flow. If this is the case, your Sony TV’s red light will blink 6 times to indicate to you that you must replace the LED backlight. However, there is a way to check the backlight if it’s damaged.
To check this, power on your TV and hold a flashlight near the screen. When you flash the light, carefully observe whether there is any image on the screen. If you see a faint picture, the backlight must be replaced.
2. Damaged internal components.
If the backlight of your TV is functioning correctly, there may be an issue with one of the internal components of the TV. If you are not skilled in do-it-yourself repairs, it is best to seek the help of a professional repairer to diagnose and fix the problem.
Trying to repair the TV yourself without the necessary knowledge and experience could potentially cause further damage. It is always safer to leave complex repairs to trained professionals who have the tools and expertise to properly fix the issue.
Abdul Kader is the CEO and founder of Homespoiler.com. With his expertise in electronics repair, he provides in-depth information on how to fix appliances, wiring, and other electrical-related issues. More about us