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We have a vizio 32" that cannot be turned on or off nor can…

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We have a vizio 32" that cannot be turned on or off nor can the volume be changed with the remote. This lasts for months and without warning goes back to normal. Channel change and other functions remain normal.

Technician's Assistant: Is your Vizio TV connected to a surge protector or power strip?

Yes, I think

Technician's Assistant: Have you tried to power reset your TV (unplugging the power for 1-2 minutes, then plugging it back in)?

No, but I have shut the power off for the cable box

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: TV
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11/22/2017
TV Technician: Nathan, Installer replied 7 months ago
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Hi, I'm Nathan.
Sorry to hear that you're having trouble, but I'll do my best to help you. Please give me a few moments to review and reply.

Could you please tell me the model number, found on the back of the tv?

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TV Technician: Nathan, Installer replied 7 months ago

Hello, it appears your question is still open.

Do you need more help with this?

Please note: You have already paid your fees to the site; I'd like to help you and provide value for that fee, but I do need to communicate with you here to do so, if more help is needed.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Unfortunately, I cannot move the tv enough to read the model no. etc. I'm looking at the manual and the ID is "VIZIO L32 HDTV USER MANUAL". version-11/29/05
TV Technician: Nathan, Installer replied 7 months ago

That will work, thank you

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TV Technician: Nathan, Installer replied 7 months ago

Unfortunately, the issues you are experiencing are symptomatic of an internal hardware defect, meaning a faulty power supply or main/control board, though there are many possible failure points. This issue could be a manufacturing defect, but is also often caused by a power event (shock/surge, prolonged over/under voltage condition, etc).

This could also easily be the result of age related wear and tear; To have had a vizio tv last 10+ years is virtually unheard of. These are some of the lowest quality tvs on the market. They are built to meet a certain price point, not for quality or reliability. It is completely normal and expected to see them last just a year or two at best.

There is one step you can take here, both as a possible fix, as well as a diagnostic evaluation:
1) Unplug the power cord from the outlet

2) Wait at least 1 hour (60+ Minutes)

3) Press and hold the power button (on the set, not the remote) for 60 seconds
4) Keep holding power button while plugging back in, and for another 60 seconds after. When plugging back in, go directly to the wall outlet, bypassing any power strips or surge protectors.

If this reset process does not work, it would unfortunately confirm an internal hardware failure.

This is something that would require repairs to correct; if you're thinking about a do it yourself repair, you'll need to be comfortable and skilled with electronics repairs, which could include dismantling the set (removing the back panel of the tv), diagnostics testing with a multimeter, changing out boards as needed, and possibly desoldering/removing and soldering/replacing individual components.

If you’re considering repair at a local shop, you’ll find a typical repair to be around $300 for diagnostics, parts, and labor.

For a tv of this brand/age however, replacement will make more sense. You can get a brand new LED tv with a fresh warranty from a more reputable brand in the $200 range.

I can help you with finding parts, finding a repair shop, or recommending replacement options, if desired.

My apologies for the news,

Nathan

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