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Power button flashes 3 times but not turn on i here a sound in the back of the tv but tv will not come on was wondering if there are any easy checks or what might be a common problem for this and HOW DO I FIX THIS PROBLEM PLEASE HELP ME!!!!! thank you for your tome ANYONE / TECHMAN

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  • roger r Feb 09, 2008

    tried to unplug for ten min plugging back in and same problem looked to see if there was a rest button no luck

  • project-roc Mar 03, 2008

    Any of you guys have a fix for this problem?

  • spank Mar 06, 2008

    tv will not turn on. is there a reset button

  • MJB795 Mar 07, 2008

    We have not turned our TV off in 2 days as for fear of it not coming on again. It will take up ti 20 min to get it to come on. The power button flashes 3 times and the TV won't come on and then it wont even flash again unless we wait a couple of minutes to try it again. It seems it comes on by chance....I am stumped as to what to try. They mentioned something about a child-safety lock on there........Please any HELP would be MUCH APPRECIATED!!!!!

  • Anonymous Mar 08, 2008

    TV WILL NOT TURN ON POWER LIGHT FLASHES THREE TIMES THEN GOES OFF.

  • johnnylowe28 Mar 08, 2008

    power light flashes 3 times wont come on

  • huguens Mar 14, 2008

    Power button flashes 3 times but not turn on, here a sound in the back of the tv but tv not come on was wondering




  • morales913 Apr 17, 2008

    We have the same problem but I can not find a solution anywhere I am reading, what am I doing wrong????????

  • Dave9375 Apr 18, 2008

    I have the same problem with the 3 power light flashes and the noise in the back

  • Anonymous May 19, 2008

    When I push the remote 'power on' button, I hear the TV click on, the red 'power light' underneath the screen flashes constantly, but the picture never comes on. If I push the remote power button two times in rapid succession, the process repeats itself. The problem worsened over the past several days. Ocasionally, the TV would come on, but now it will not come on at all.

  • susangray May 29, 2008

    tv light will power on 3 times and still not turn on. what is the problem????

  • elles3 May 31, 2008

    the tv runs power on checks before turning on the tv.it tries 3 times.after that it times out.my problem is the deflection board,(lower left hand board in the back of the unit.it is either a power transistor that wont function cold or soldering issues.all i know is i heat up the deflection board with my hair dryer on that board for about a minute,then it comes on fine,works fine.if something else goes,this tv is going in a land fill.RCA is a bad company now,poor products, very poor service.































































  • Draegerxxx Jun 03, 2008

    same problem as everyone else...

  • Anonymous Jun 03, 2008

    same, 3 flashes, little noises from back, nothing happens

  • jmlson Jun 03, 2008

    my tv tries to turn on but does after three times while the led indicates it is recieving power.

    what is needed to fix?

  • Anonymous Jun 04, 2008

    my tv do the same the on button flashes times but wont turn on

  • morales913 Jun 05, 2008

    We are all having the same problem and cannot get a single English speaking soul at RCA, is there anything we can do about this? Even if we had the extended warranty it would have expired a month or so before the t.v. died and the only troubleshooting option for the t.v. is to change the bulb and that was not it!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous Jun 23, 2008

    push the power button and the light flashes 3 times wont turn on

  • apuesey Jul 12, 2008

    Have had the exact same problem. Three flashes of the power light and nothing happens. The last time the tv turned off it took 5 days to get it back on. We havn't turned if off for weeks. It got turned off again and can't get it back on. Impossible to find anyway to fix without calling a repair shop. Will never buy another RCA TV again.

  • apuesey Jul 12, 2008

    Just minutes after posting my problem my husband was at the back of the TV trying to see what the problem was. He had pull off the back of the tv at the bottom and was listening for where the clicking noise was coming from. There is a small grey box at the very left of the inside of the tv. I pushed the power button again and when he heard the second click he hit the grey box with the handle of a screwdriver out of frustratioin and the tv suddenly came on. After several hours of pushing the button something finally worked. I'm still afraid to to the TV off again, but this will be the first thing we try text time!

  • dmaosinski Sep 28, 2008

    i am having the same problem as all of you, i swear this is crazy, rca products are not very reliable! i push the power button, green light flashes, i hear the clicking too,but nothing comes on!!!! been trying for two hours. im gonna try the hittn it with a screwdriver trick.

  • marcoiafolla Sep 29, 2008

    I too have the same problem. AND JUST WHERE ARE THE EXPERTS ON THIS SITE TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM?!?!? ALL I SEE ARE A BUNCH OF PEOPLE STATING THE SAME PROBLEM AS MYSELF! WHAT DID I PAY MONEY FOR??

  • sweetpeajess Nov 12, 2008

    Same thing.

  • howardc122 Dec 21, 2008

    same thing

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2008

    Had the same problem to but fixed with using the hair dryer thanks for the tip. Not sure how long it will last but its good enough for the time being until we can afford a new tv

  • joesgirl155 Jan 15, 2009

    My tv is doing the same thing, the power light flashes 3 times then stays off. Im going to try the blow dryer trick. I called a repair shop and they said it would cost around $250 to fix. If they can fix it. Does anyone know how long it will last while using the blow dryer or do I need to start looking for a new tv?

  • joesgirl155 Jan 16, 2009

    Hair dryer works! I will NOT turn off my tv again untill I get it fixed. And DO NOT call RCA to help because all they are going to do is refer you to a repair shop in your area. I dont need thier help to find a repair shop. Plus, there soultion to fixing this problem was unplugging the tv for 1 min. But his first question after I told him the tv would not come on was, "what are you seeing on the screen? Is it just blurry?" I was like NO there is no picture the tv will not come on. So he said "How about trying to change the channel. Maybe just that channel is not coming on" Okay, when I hear the tv will not power on, I think, the tv is not powered on. Man, if RCA has that kinda people working for them, I will never buy a RCA product on. Also you cannont buy a new board, you have to go though thier repair shop. Unless your warrenty covers it all you will have to pay for the board and the service call. So, Im just going to go buy a new Samsung when this one goes out for good. Sorry for the long post, just dont want anyone else to waste their time calling RCA. Because they will not do anything but refer you.

  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    i have the same problem tv blinks three times an wont come on but onec it do the picture is fine i had the tv for four years i used a blow dryer on the back of it an the tv cmme on instancely i will not turn it of unitl i get the money to fix it

  • pa-teg Jan 17, 2009

    where do you concentrate the heat from the hair drier exactly? pa-teg@nc.rr.com

  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2009

    I have the same problem. I turn my t.v. on and the green light comes on then off three times. Only difference is, that i use the remote that came with the t.v., and turn it on and off, eventually it comes back on. Can anyone help me out?

  • ranandbrid Feb 26, 2009

    i replaced the flyback and still have the same problem. Can someone please help me.

  • elbertbryant Mar 02, 2009

    pwr button flashes 3 times but tv will not come on

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If you take off the back cover, cp 150 is located on the left circuit board. There are 3 or 4 C-shaped metal heat sinks in the board, and capacitor cp-150 is located inside the furthest one. Once you find cp 150 check the top of it to see if it is still flat, as opposed to puffed up. If it is puffed up I am almost certain this is you problem.

My tv would flash green 3 times and turn off for 45 seconds. It was taking up to 20 minutes to finally turn it on, so I bought a pack of 5 capacitors off of ebay to replace capacitor cp 150, which is just a (2200uF,16V) capacitor. I replaced it 10 minutes ago, and the tv turned right on. Fix Ya!

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The truth is, there could be a million things wrong with the TV. The reason the power button flashes three times is because the TV gives it self three chances to turn on. If it fails it shuts off. I was having the same problem. So I thought it was the flyback transformer because those things go bad very often. I bought a new one, installed it but still the same problem. Through the process of elimination I determined it was infact a bad connection on another transformer located on the same board as the flyback just all the way to the back. I resoldered the connections and haven't had a problem since. I think the problem was because of a, "cold solder joint" where the solder isn't making good enough contact for prolonged use. Also the "clicking" noise people are describing is an electric discharge coming from the transformer. Like shocking someone after rubbing your feet on a carpet. That is what lead me to check the solder joints on that tranformer making the noise. I hope this helps people.

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

  • diehard_101 Apr 20, 2009

    I made a post a while ago saying that I had resoldered the connections on a large transformer in the tv. If you have replaced the flyback and it is still having the same problem, don't buy a signal board before trying this; go to Radio Shack and buy you a solder kit, a cheap one is fine. When you open the back of your tv you will see some curcuit boards. Find the one with the flyback tranformer located on it. It will be the one with the big red wire running into the top of it. Besure you have unplugged your tv and the static charge has had time to bleed out before you touch anything. you should be able to unplug the tv and hit the power button a few times to discharge it, but that may not work for everyone so just wait a while after unpluging it.



    once you've located the board, look all the way to the opposite side from the flyback. There should be a large transformer located there. On top it should be marked with, OREGA 40322-139, or something like that. once you have located it, unplug everything from the board. If you cant get the flyback unhooked dont worry about it. take out all of the screws holding the board down, if any. then remove the board. If you couldnt get the flyback unhooked like I said before, dont worry. Just roll the board over and work on it in the floor if you must. Now located the transformer mentioned before again. On the opposite side of the board find ALL of its connections. Once done, simply take your roll of solder in one hand and, your soldering iron/gun in the other and one by one, melt and resolder each of the connections. besure you throughly heat each connection so you do not end up with another cold solder joint. Once done; put the board back in; reconnect everything; plug your tv back in and!? Well you'll have to see if it worked. :) good luck. it worked for me.

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Im a tech.my personal opinion why the hair dryer heat works on the deflection board is that rca power up protect software specs were too tight,designed by 1st new unit.over a period of aging of the parts,1 of the test voltages may be coming up slower than the software can accept.i have no idea which voltage line or lines may be at fault.however,rca engineers would know but rca has refused to support this tv.there are no replacement boards also.im glad i posted that hair dryer tip cause i stumbled on it by chance.that tv too big to just discard easily.mine still works if i heat up the deflection board.

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    This worked. Thank You!!!!!!!!

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I had the same problem with my 56'' RCA t.v. I checked the whole bircuit board with the flyback transformer, which is located in back of the t.v. on the left side, and found 2 capacitors that were bulging at the top. This told me that they were bad. I desoldered them and replaced them with good (220uf 36v

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I ran a hair dryer all over the vents on the back of my tv after not using it for months and I'll be a son of a gun if it didn't work. I had the air on cool changed it to hot ran it over the vents, turned the tv on and it came on....seriously I didn't believe it myself

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Used hair dryer trick, and it worked.

Wonder if it's a dust issue?

Posted on Nov 12, 2008

I also used a hair dryer for a few miniutes and the tv turned right on ..

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I believe the problem is a part called a flyback part#259296 it cots 20$ to 60$ depending on where u get it from mine cost 20$ and i got it on bluestar-online.com.you can find out more from http://servicemanuals.vstore.ca/ or ask slinteriors the guru from this site.

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  • dmaosinski Nov 17, 2008

    i have posted w/this problem already i changed the flyback transformer and still have the same problem,going to try changing cp150 capacitor.if this doesnt work im gonna smash this piece of **** and fed-ex it to rca!!!!!!!!!!

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Im Dave9375. I posted the problem with my RCA TV. I had a local repair guy come out to my house, charged me 95.00 to tell me that he didnt know what it was but it was going to be expensive and had to take to the shop to find out. I gave up on the tv and bought a new one. I put the old one on Craigslist for sale and immediately got a response from a guy who knew what was wrong with it. Mine had a 4.00 part, I believe it was a diode located shortly after the transformer that had went bad, possibly due to the power surges that had been going from the past ice storm. So from what I now know, when the light is flashing and does not come on it can be many different things. The tv has detected some part of the tv pulling to much power and shuts down, however it does not tell you what part of the tv has the problem. Mine is working fine now.

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I did what the other guy said to do. My husband took the back off of the T.V and blew the hair dryer on it for like 10 minutes. The T.V. came back on and we vow to never ever cut it off again.

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I was just told by my shop that small signal board is bad. $450 dollars to replace.

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I've been trying to do some research on this problem, I've came up with a possible flyback transformer going out. Is that the case with your guy's tv's ?

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  • project-roc Mar 04, 2008

    I'm taking it to a professional shop tommorow to have repaired, I will post up what my problem was once they let me know.

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As suggested to another user, there may also be a child lock feature for this unit.

Suggest you drag out the user's manual or download it here.

http://tv.rca.com/en-US/UGConfirm.html?modelno=D52W20

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I need some one to help me i have a 52 rca and the power wont stay on help me plz

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TURN ON AND FLAS 3 TIMES THEN SHUT OFF

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SOURCE: power button flashes 3 times but not turn on i here a sound in the back of the tv but tv will not come on was wondering if there are any easy checks or what might be a common problem for this and HOW

No, more than likely you have a bad power/deflection board. It must be replaced by a professional service technician.

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