RCA TV Troubleshooting | 9 Common Problems

Many people have been struggling with their TVs for a while now, and it’s getting worse every day as technology becomes more advanced.

One of the most common problems is an RCA TV that won’t turn on, but it never hurts to take a look at the troubleshooting guide below.

So, this article provides you with all the information you need, from diagnosing your RCA TV problems to troubleshooting and replacing parts.

How to Troubleshoot RCA TV Problems

RCA TV Troubleshooting

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RCA TV Troubleshooting techniques require some basic troubleshooting knowledge to be able to repair in a proper way.

We have created a troubleshooting checklist with details on what to test and what actions to take for those who want to troubleshoot their own RCA TV at home.

Check out the list of common problems in RCA TVs.

1. TV Won’t Turn On:

The most common problem is that your TV simply won’t turn on. This can happen for many reasons, like bad capacitors, blown fuses, burned-out bulbs, or any other number of things.

If you’ve tried all the obvious things (like unplugging the TV and replugging it back in, turning the power back on) and it still won’t turn on, it’s time to try some more advanced troubleshooting techniques.

Here are three easy ways to test if your TV has any problems:

Test 1:

If your TV has a remote control, try pressing the buttons on the remote one at a time until the set turns on.

If you don’t have a remote control, use your hand to press the buttons on the front of the set.

Test 2: 

  • Unplug the TV from the outlet and remove the two screws holding the power cord to the back of the set.
  • Remove the plastic cover plate on the back of the set.
  • Attach a multimeter (an inexpensive tool that measures electrical current) to the two black wires that connect to the power source.
  • Press the button on the meter that turns it on and off. The red line should show the electrical current flowing to the set when it is plugged into the wall.
  • If there is no current, the set is defective.

Test 3: 

Plug the set into an AC source (like a regular outlet) and turn the power on. If the set does not come on, it is defective. If you are still having problems, check out our complete guide on why your RCA TV won’t turn on.

2. RCA TV Has A Hard Time Getting The Picture:

One of the most common problems with RCA TVs is the picture is “jumpy.” This can be caused by many things, like loose or dirty connections, an old or bad tube in the picture tube, or a blown capacitor.

Here’s how to see whether your television has a picture problem.

You can test the set without disturbing the current picture. If the set has no problem with the picture, it will turn on and off instantly when you press the button.

However, if there is a problem with the picture, it will take longer for the set to turn on and off when you press the button. The amount of time it takes the set to turn on and off when you press the button is directly proportional to the quality of the picture on the set.

If the set has a good picture, it should switch on and off quickly. If it takes too long for the set to turn on and off when you press the button, then there is a problem with the set’s picture.

3. Problem with the Cable or Antenna:

Another common problem is that your cable or antenna is not working properly. A bad connection can cause this, an intermittent problem with the cable or antenna, or an over-the-air (OTA) signal problem.

RCA TVs are designed to receive OTA signals. However, if you have an older set, it may not be able to pick up all the channels you are paying for.

If this is the case, you can use an inexpensive signal booster to “upgrade” your old set so it will get all the OTA channels you are paying for.

4. Flickering:

RCA TV problems are common in most households. Whether you have a new TV or an old one, it is always good to know how to troubleshoot your television.

There are different reasons why RCA TVs might flicker. The most frequent ones include the following:

  1. A power surge caused by thunderstorms, power surges, lightning strikes
  2. Improper connection of cables
  3. Loose connection of cables
  4. Incorrectly connected HDMI cable
  5. Incorrectly connected antenna cable

5. Remote Problem:

This can be caused by a bad IR emitter (the part that sends out the remote control signal) on the remote control or the set. If the problem is in the set, all you have to do is replace the remote control.

If the problem is in the remote control, you may have to get an IR repeater to make the set respond to the remote control.

6. Remove External Devices:

The next issue is an external device (like a VCR or DVD player) connected to the TV’s RCA inputs. This can cause interference with the RCA signal and result in picture and sound problems.

To resolve this problem, remove the external devices from the set.

7. Sound Problems:

Sound is very important when you are watching TV. However, many people are not aware that RCA TVs have two channels dedicated to sound. These are the left and right front channels.

Many times, people mistakenly believe that the sound coming out of their TV is just fine.

But, that is not true. There may be some problems with the sound on your RCA TV. Here are three main issues and solutions for resolving them.

Problem #1:

If you have this problem, it’s most likely due to a faulty connection in the television. You should try to find it and tighten it up.

On the whole, RCA TVs have an average amount of loose connections. However, if you have a really old set or a set that is not well-maintained, you may have more problems than this.

Problem #2:

Another possibility is that the volume is too low on your set.

To check this, you should look at the back of the TV where there is a button that controls the volume. Press that button and see if the sound gets louder. If it does, then the volume is probably too low.

In that case, you should turn up the volume by pressing the same button again.

Problem #3:

The last possibility is the sound system on your TV is malfunctioning. This happens rarely but it can occur if there is a problem with the amplifier, receiver, or speakers.

Then, you will have to get the service technician to fix the problem.

8. Power Problems:

As we all know, electricity has a way of disappearing from our lives. And, unfortunately, that is true even when we are not using it. However, some problems with the power supply can cause RCA TVs to malfunction.

Here are three of the most common ones and how you can fix them.

Problem #1: 

There is an electrical short on the TV. This usually occurs because of a loose connection or corrosion. Try to find the short and fix it. If you do not know how to do this, ask your service technician.

Problem #2: 

The second possibility is the set is getting too hot. If this is the case, the tubes will begin to darken and eventually burn out.

As a result, the picture will get fuzzy, and you will get black lines instead of sharp images. This can be caused by a number of things like a bad power supply, a bad ground connection, or a loose connection.

  • The first thing you should do if this is the case is to turn down the heat.
  • Then, see if that helps.
  • If it does, then you need to check all your connections and make sure they are tight.
  • If it does not help, then call your service technician.

Problem #3: 

The third possibility is there is an open circuit in the TV. A faulty connection, corrosion, or a shortage in the wiring might all be to blame here.

Try to find the open circuit and fix it. If you do not know how to do this, ask your service technician since it is a serious issue.

9. Broken Display:

You may have noticed that sometimes when you turn on your new RCA TV, the screen will look fuzzy or “washed out.” Or the colors may seem faded or dull. This is usually not a problem. However, sometimes it can be caused by a loose connection inside the TV.

To check this, you should gently shake the set. If the picture gets sharper, then there is probably a loose connection inside the set. You should tighten up this connection and try again.

RCA TV Black Screen Problem:

RCA TV turns on, but the screen is black? The RCA TV Black Screen problem is definitely one of the most irritating issues you may face. Here are some quick tips to help you fix it!

  • The first step in troubleshooting this issue is to unplug your RCA TV, then reset the power strip.
  • This will force the television into its factory default settings and remove any interference that might be causing this issue.
  • If that does not work, try unplugging your set for 15 minutes and plug it back in again.
  • Next, double-check that all of the connections are tight. If they aren’t, you’ll need to tighten them up.
  • The last resort is to try a different outlet or power strip.
  • If this does not fix the problem, then call your service technician. Do not try repairing it yourself because this may cause more harm than good.

How to Extend the Life of Your RCA TV?

TVs are not meant to last forever. They are fragile, breakable, heavy objects with thin metal frames. And it’s not just the TV with a limited lifespan – so do the components inside it.

How can you extend the life of your RCA TV?

  • First, you should use your TV more often. This will help avoid burn-in on the screen caused by prolonged exposure to one color or channel for too long.
  • Second, you should use a low-glare screen. The less light that gets into your room when watching TV, the better.
  • Finally, use a screen cover for protection on top of your TV screen.


As you can see, there are many reasons why an RCA TV could stop working. However, with these simple RCA TV troubleshooting tips, you should be able to get your set working like new.

Hopefully, this has given you a few ideas on how to extend the life of your new RCA TV.

And, if you ever need any repair work done on your set, I recommend you hire a professional. They will know exactly what needs to be done, and they will do it right!

Steven Settles Author

Steven Settles is an ISCET-certified master in appliance repair. He has aced the National Appliance Service Technician Certification Exam, showcasing his exceptional diagnostic and repair skills. With an in-depth understanding of the latest repair technologies and a keen eye on evolving industry standards, Steven is a go-to expert for any appliance issue.

24 thoughts on “RCA TV Troubleshooting | 9 Common Problems”

  1. Hello. Thanks for putting up this list and replying to all the comments.
    My Rca Roku TV keeps resetting to the home page while I’m in the middle of watching a show on Netflix or Prime. Doesn’t seem to do it on YouTube.
    Any ideas?

  2. Hello. I’m having trouble with my RCA roku tv. It keeps pulling up the inputs on the left hand side of the screen and turning through inputs on its own. I have reset it, unplugged it, and it will go away for some time only to return while I’m trying to watch TV. It does this while watching any streaming channel. Is there a fix for this?

  3. I get random black screens when using NVIDIA Shield TV. I’ve tried dozens of things on the Shield. My screen still goes black with audio. To get picture back I have to cycle the power on or change HDMI inputs to another input then back. Unplugging the HDMI cable then plugging it back in will bring it back also. I currently am using a 8K cable. I even got a replacement shield that does the same thing. I am all out of ideas.

    • If you have already tried multiple troubleshooting steps and even replaced the Shield TV device, the issue may be related to the HDMI cable or the TV itself. Here are some additional steps you can take to try and resolve the issue:

      Try using a different HDMI cable – sometimes a faulty HDMI cable can cause display issues. Even if the cable is rated for 8K, it may still be faulty or incompatible with your TV. Try using a different HDMI cable to see if the issue persists.

      Check the HDMI ports on your TV – sometimes the HDMI ports on a TV can become damaged or loose over time, which can cause display issues. Check the ports for any visible damage or loose connections. If you see any damage, you may need to get your TV repaired or replaced.

      Update your TV firmware – check if there are any firmware updates available for your TV and install them if possible. This may help resolve any compatibility issues between your TV and the Shield TV device.

      Adjust Shield TV settings – try adjusting the resolution or refresh rate settings on the Shield TV to see if that resolves the issue. Sometimes certain resolutions or refresh rates may not be compatible with your TV.

      Contact NVIDIA support – if none of the above steps resolve the issue, you may need to contact NVIDIA support for further assistance. They may be able to provide additional troubleshooting steps or help you determine if there is a hardware issue with your Shield TV device.

  4. my tv flashes solid colors…red, green, blue. ive tried everything suggested online, but nothing works. i want to know what part of the tv is the problem? i cannot access any tv menu settings, nothing manually or remote does anything so there is nothing i can do but open up the back of tv i just need a direction to check. i only had tv for less than a year rtu5540-c rca.

  5. Have had my tv not even a month. Was a blue line across the screen every now and then, now the bottom half of the tv is all tinted. Very frustrating to pay 650 for a tv and have it crap out within a few weeks.

    • Hi Maria,

      I hope you are doing great!
      Replace the HDMI cable since the problem with the black screen might be brought on by a short or another flaw in it. In order to try a reset, unplug the TV for five minutes. The TV will reset itself and resolve any momentary difficulties if you unplug it. To fix the problem, reset the TV to factory settings.

  6. I’ve had my Tv for 2 years and I’ve always had it mounted to the wall. For the past 3 months, I continue to get a black screen every time I try to run any of my Roku apps preinstalled with the tv. The show will start and then turn black but I can still hear the movie or show. The tv works perfectly when I use Chromecast from my cell. I’ve had the factory reset it, updated it, and made sure everything is connected properly but still continues to have these issues.

    • Hi Melissa,

      Replace the HDMI cable since the problem with the black screen might be brought on by a short or another flaw in it. In order to try a reset, unplug the TV for five minutes. The TV will reset itself and resolve any momentary difficulties if you unplug it. To fix the problem, reset the TV to factory settings.

    • Hi Luis,

      Replace the HDMI cable since the problem with the black screen might be brought on by a short or another flaw in it. In order to try a reset, unplug the TV for five minutes. The TV will reset itself and resolve any momentary difficulties if you unplug it. To fix the problem, reset the TV to factory settings.

  7. The power went out momentarily during a storm and since then the picture flickers on and off. I have reset the power cord, checked the connections and unplugged it . How do I fix this

  8. Hi My RCA is acting up We we’re watching it and the screen went black but still had sound. We turned it off and went to bed. This morning we turned it on and got a gray screen and no sound. We saw a white streak and a blue streak on the left side and gray the rest of the screen There is no sound The tv is less than one year old. We have tried unplugging and plugging back in with no response

  9. I have a 55 inch rca tv it turns on I get sound and I see the menu and my TV guide on the screen and I can hear the program but the screen is blank I have replaced the hdmi cable still I have no pictures

  10. Hi there,

    When I turn on my RCA TV, the right side of the screen has static boxes that flicker up and down the screen. I’ve tried turning it off & on, unplugged it overnight, different hdmi cables and power sources, nothing seems to help.

    What should i do next?

    • Hi Chrisandra,

      I hope you are doing great!

      This is probably caused by an unstable power source (like your AC adapter) or an incompatible signal. Incompatible signals can be caused by damaged or dirty cables, an old CRT television set, an old VCR or other video player, or simply by an older or poorly-made television set. In any case, if you use an RCA (or any other) cable to connect your TV, it should be tested with another TV or video monitor to make sure that both of them are getting the same picture. If they are not, then one of them needs to be replaced.

    • If you are getting a green screen with no sound, then it is likely that there is a cable problem. You should check to see if the TV has any other cables connected to it that you might have forgotten about. You can also try checking the TV’s power settings.

      Also, it’s important for you to contact your service provider when you are having these types of problems. You will be able to troubleshoot the problem with them in order to get it fixed as quickly as possible.

  11. When I turn on my tv I am getting a green screen and no sound. Do you think this is a cable problem? They are sending me a new box.

    • Hi Bonnie,

      I hope you are doing great!
      This can be a cable problem. Your TV may have a faulty cable connection. It’s best to check your connections and cables, as that will solve the issue.

      You may have a bad HDMI cable that is preventing your TV from displaying an image…. so it’s probably not a cable issue at all.


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