Why Does My Element TV Keep Turning Off? I Fixed It In Minutes

I bought an Android Element TV during last year’s Black Friday sale, and I have had a great time with it.

I binged shows over several weekends, shared laughs with family watching the daily soaps, and even had friends over for movie nights.

But last week, out of the blue, the TV started turning off on its own.

Every time I turned it on, the power light switched from red to green, and the home screen came up after the logo animation.

After a couple of minutes, though, it turned off automatically. 

While searching for a solution online, I remembered one of my friends talking about the same issue on his Element TV last month.

I gave him a call without a second thought, and he shared his experience with the problem.

After noting down everything he said, I fixed my Element TV within five minutes.

I also learned how overheating can cause a TV to turn off on its own and how to prevent that from happening. 

If your Element TV keeps turning off, unplug it from the power socket, press and hold its Power button for 60 seconds, plug back the TV, and restart it. 

Why Does My Element TV Keep Turning Off?

From a simple fault in the power socket to a major hardware issue, there are several reasons why your Element TV may keep turning off by itself.

The most common reasons for an Element TV to turn off automatically are: 

  • Buggy software
  • Overheating
  • Insufficient input power
  • Faulty settings
  • Hardware issues 

Power Cycle Your Element TV

Your Element TV may keep turning off because of minor bugs present in the TV’s software. 

You can remove these bugs by power cycling the TV.

Power cycling is nothing but a soft reset of your TV.

It is the safest way to fix the problem since it will not affect any of your saved settings. 

To power cycle an Element TV:

  1. Unplug the TV from the power socket.
  2. Press and hold the Power button on it for 60 seconds.
  3. Plug the TV back in and Turn it on. 

Once done, check to see if the TV works properly. 

Check Your Element TV’s Power Socket and Cord

Your Element TV may turn off automatically if it does not receive enough power to stay on for a long duration. 

This problem can arise if there is a faulty power socket or damaged power cord. 

Troubleshoot Your Power Socket

A damaged power socket may lead to a reversal of power after a fixed time.

Whenever that happens, your Element TV can turn off automatically. 

To troubleshoot your power socket:

  1. Unplug your Element TV from the power socket.
  2. Use another device (which you know is working properly) in the same socket.
  3. If the device works fine, the problem may lie with the TV’s power cord.
  4. If the device does not work as intended, you need to change the socket. 

Alternatively, you can also try plugging your Element TV into another power socket to check if the problem persists. 

Troubleshoot Your Element TV’s Power Cord

If your Element TV’s power cord is damaged internally or externally, your TV will not receive sufficient power.

In this case, the TV will keep turning off on its own.

To troubleshoot your TV’s power cord:

  1. Unplug your Element TV from the power socket.
  2. Check for any external cuts or bends on the power cord.
  3. If it’s in good condition, plug it back in firmly and make sure there is no loose connection at either end.
  4. If it looks damaged in any way, get a new cord. 

Check if your Element TV works properly after plugging back the power cord. 

Check if Your Element TV is Overheating

If your Element TV is overheating, it will turn off automatically to protect its components from getting damaged.

The best way to check if your TV is overheating is by touching the back panel when it is working.

Your Element TV can overheat if: 

  • It stays on for a long time.
  • It is in an enclosed space.
  • There is no proper ventilation in the room.
  • You overuse it in a warm environment.
  • Dust gets accumulated on the internal components. 

Once you have identified the source of its overheating, you can take the necessary action.

  • Move the TV to a cooler area.
  • Improve the airflow near the TV.
  • Provide cooling with an external fan.
  • Get the TV serviced to remove the internal dust. 

NOTE: The next two methods will work if your Element TV does not turn off too frequently. 

Reset Your Element TV’s Power Settings

All Element TVs are equipped with the ‘Sleep timer’ feature.

If the timer is on, it will turn off your TV automatically after the set time.

If your Element TV’s remote has a ‘Sleep’ button, you can turn off the timer directly by pressing that button.

  1. Press the Sleep button on the remote.
  2. Check what time it displays on the screen.
  3. Keep pressing the Sleep button till the timer displays Off

If your Element TV’s remote does not have the ‘Sleep’ button, you will need to turn off the timer from your TV’s settings.

For Roku Element TV and Android Element TV: 

  1. Press the Home button on your TV’s remote.
  2. Navigate to Settings.
  3. In the right-hand panel, scroll to System using the remote’s arrow keys.
  4. Select Time.
  5. Click on Sleep Timer and turn it off. 

For all other Element TVs: 

  1. Press the Menu button on the remote.
  2. Click on TV Settings.
  3. Scroll to Time using the arrow keys.
  4. Choose Sleep Timer and turn it off. 

If your Element TV has additional settings like ‘Off Time’, you should also toggle it off to fix the issue of your Element TV turning off automatically. 

Factory Reset Your Element TV

If your Element TV keeps turning off because of a major bug in the TV software, you will need a factory reset to fix the problem.

However, keep in mind that a factory reset of your TV will remove your saved preferences and installed apps. 

To factory reset Roku Element TV: 

  1. Press the Home button on your TV’s remote.
  2. Navigate to Settings.
  3. In the right-hand panel, scroll to System using the arrow keys.
  4. Choose Advanced System Settings.
  5. Click on Factory Reset and select Factory Reset Everything.
  6. Enter your PIN. If you have never set a PIN on your TV, the default PIN is ‘0000’. 

To factory reset Android Element TV:

  1. Press the Home button on the remote.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Select Storage and Reset and click on Factory Data Reset

To factory reset all other Element TVs: 

  1. Press the Menu button on the TV’s remote.
  2. Click on TV Settings.
  3. Scroll down to General using the remote’s arrow keys.
  4. Click on Restore Default

Can I Factory Reset My Element TV if It Turns Off Frequently?

In case your Element TV turns off rapidly or its remote is not working, you can reset the TV using the ‘Reset’ pinhole on its body. 

  1. Find the Reset pinhole on your Element TV. It will be located either at the back or on the side above the HDMI port.
  2. Use a paperclip or a small pin to press the button.
  3. Hold it for 15-30 seconds. 

Once your Element TV restarts, you will need to perform the basic activation steps to start using it again. 

What to Do if Nothing Works?

If you have tried all the troubleshooting steps covered in this article, but your Element TV still keeps turning off, it may be because of faults with your TV’s hardware.

In such cases, you should submit a request at the  Element Electronics Help Center and have your TV repaired. 

Yes, I Fixed My Element TV in Five Minutes

Over the past few months, my Android Element TV has fit into my home like a duck in water.

I’ve made fond memories with it; that’s why I was a little worried when it malfunctioned last week and started turning off without any input.

Luckily, it was just a minor bug, and a power cycle reset quickly fixed the problem. 

In case it’s not so simple with your Element TV, you will need to dive deeper into troubleshooting to fix it. 

That said, all the fixes are quite simple, and it shouldn’t take you long to get your TV working again. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes Element TVs to burn out?

Element TVs having plasma, LCD, and OLED screens can burn out if the screen gets damaged because of long exposure or overheating. 

Is it okay if I leave my TV on for a long time?

If you regularly leave a static image frozen on your TV screen for a long time, it can cause temporary or permanent image burn-in on the screen. 

How often should I dust and clean my TV?

Ideally, you should clean your TV every week to prevent the building up of dust and fingerprints.

Accumulation of dust can cause damage to the TV – even leading to an internal short-circuit. 

About the author

Maria Chan, or MC, as we call her, is the genius girl-boss who gave up on her cushy silicon-valley job to grind it out with us. Her undying pursuit of wanting Zeebox to the best makes it very clear that she has no interest in running a generic tech-site.