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Samsung TV Blinking Codes (Red Light Meanings & FIXES!)

If you are looking for Samsung TV blink codes, then this guide is for you. 

Blinking codes on TVs are often an indicator of errors, which may be major or even minor ones depending on the number of times the red LED light blinks.

Samsung TV blink code

By understanding what each blinking code indicates, you have a better idea of what needs to be done to fix whatever issue you are facing (and even if you don’t, well I also have you covered).  

Not only will I explain what each code means, I will also provide you with a step-by-step troubleshooting guide you can follow for each code. 

Without any further ado, let’s dive right in!

Samsung TV Blinking Codes

Below are the most common Samsung TV blinking codes, what each of them means and how to troubleshoot the issue. 

Samsung TV red light blinking 2 times

The red light on Samsung smart TVs blinks 2 times for a number of reasons.

It could be something as simple as a software glitch, a faulty power bar, surge protector, remote control or HDMI connection port/cable.

If none of these is the case for you, then it’s most likely caused by an issue with the ribbon cable on the LCD panel or a bad LCD panel.

Also, I’ve seen a number of people who tried to fix it by replacing the power board and/or main board, to no avail. 

Therefore, believe me when I say that those are not the things you want to look at first if you have this particular issue. 

So, what should you do to fix it then?

Well, a couple of things depending on the cause in your case. 

How to Fix:

  • First, soft reset your TV. To do this, unplug the TV from the power outlet, leave it unplugged for 60 seconds, press and hold the power button on the TV for 30 seconds to get rid of residual power and plug the TV back in. 
  • Next, check the power bar and surge protector
  • Troubleshoot any issue with the TV remote
  • Troubleshoot the HDMI connection port and cable
  • Disconnect faulty pins on LCD panel ribbon

Now, you are probably wondering, “How exactly do I do all of these?”

Don’t worry, I have a complete step-by-step troubleshooting guide dedicated to fixing this particular issue (link below). 

Samsung TV red light blinking 4 times

If your Samsung TV blinks 4 times, you most likely have a faulty capacitor on the main board or power board. 

If a capacitor is faulty, some of the signs you might see include:

  • The capacitor is bulging at the top
  • The capacitor is leaking
  • Corrosive layer on one or both legs of the capacitor
swollen capacitors on main board

NOTE: The capacitor may be faulty and not show any visual sign.

Hence, the most accurate way to check in such case will be to use a multimeter to check the voltage, and compare it to the expected/labelled voltage of the capacitors.

If you see a wrong voltage reading on the multimeter, then it is faulty even if there is no visual sign. 

The video below shows you how to do that. 


How do you fix this? How do you open the TV and replace any faulty capacitor?

How to Fix:

NOTE: Before you start, make sure you unplug your TV and leave it unplugged for 30 seconds. Also, press the power button on the TV for 30 seconds.

This will help discharge the capacitors before you open up the TV panel (they can be dangerous otherwise).

Now, here’s a step-by-step process of what you need to do:

  • Remove the screws and open the back cover of the TV.
  • Next, unplug all the cables going into the main board like the speaker cable, Wi-Fi module cable e.t.c
  • Then, do a quick visual inspection to see if there is any faulty capacitor. 

Here’s how to remove the faulty capacitor(s):

  • Carefully take note of the pin on the board that the capacitor is attached. You should do the removal with a soldering iron (do not force pull it out)
  • With the heated soldering iron, carefully apply pressure from the back of the board on the pin for the faulty capacitor until it melts.
  • Then, you can go ahead and remove it.

While replacing the capacitor, you should know the following:

  • The new capacitor must be placed in exactly the same orientation as the old damaged one
  • Ideally, you should replace the capacitor with a new one that matches the ratings (Voltage, Temperature and Micro farads). In case where you can’t get the exact value for the 3 ratings, you can get one that has voltage and temperature that is higher that that of the old capacitor but not lower. The micro farad can also be slightly higher, but not lower.

Once you have gotten the new capacitors, replace the old faulty one you removed using a soldering iron.

Remember: The capacitor needs to be placed exactly how the old one was placed. 

  • Once replaced, plug back all the cables you had disconnected from main board and assemble the TV back

Now, plug in the TV, turn it on and the TV should fire up right away. The TV should now stop blinking red light 4 times. 

Samsung TV red light blinking 5 times

The reason behind your Samsung TV blinking red light 5 times (with no picture) can vary, but there are a few common culprits you should be aware of.

It could be due to a malfunctioning power supply, overheating, faulty backlight, a faulty main board, or sometimes even a simple issue like a loose connection.

So, how do you fix this particular issue?

How to Fix:

  • Let your TV cool down i.e turn it off for a few minutes or hours.
  • Soft reset your TV
  • Use a combination of buttons on the TV to reset the TV
  • Soft reset the TV remote
  • Inspect the power supply source
  • Check the HDMI cable and ports
  • Check for backlight fault, and replace if faulty
  • Check internal power board for damage

Again, I have a complete troubleshooting guide where I show you step-by-step exactly how to do all of these, and fix the issue on your Samsung TV. 

Samsung TV red light blinking 6 times

The Samsung TV red light blinking 6 times has a couple of common causes with the 5 blinks.

One common culprit of this issue power supply issue, caused by a faulty power supply unit or the TV not receiving enough power. 

Another possibility is a faulty connection between your TV and external devices, such as cable boxes or gaming consoles. This can disrupt the signal and lead to a black screen with no picture.

Additionally, a software glitch or a malfunctioning component within the TV could also be behind the trouble you’re facing.

How do you fix it then?

How to Fix:

  • First, power cycle your Samsung TV
  • Reset the TV using a combination of buttons on the TV
  • Check the power outlet and power cable
  • Unplug all external devices connected to the TV
  • Check and replace bad backlight LED strips
  • Check and replace the power board
  • Check and replace the main board

The step-by-step troubleshooting guide below will show you exactly how you can do all of these and fix the issue. 

Bottom Line

Samsung TV blinking codes indicates and error, and understanding what each means makes it easier to troubleshoot issues on the TV.

Which section to narrow down the issue to will depend on the signs the TV provides. These signs include:

  • The number of times the power light blinks on the TV
  • Whether the light starts blinking before pressing the power button on the TV/remote or after pressing it
  • Whether you can hear sounds on your TV and only have picture issues, or both sound and picture are not working
  • and many more

However, irrespective of the issue you are facing, it’s always worth trying a soft reset or power cycle first.

To do that, turn off your Samsung TV and unplug it from the wall outlet. Then, press the power button on the TV while leaving it unplugged for 30 seconds. After that, plug it back into the power outlet and see if that fixes the issue.

Most times, a power cycle will fix minor power and software issues on TVs.

Also, unplug all external devices that are connected to the TV. 

However, if the issue persists, you need to try more advanced fixes all of which have been shown and explained in the troubleshooting guides linked under each error code.

If you found this guide helpful, kindly use the comment section below. 

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