What Causes a Samsung TV Screen to Go Blank?

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What Causes a Samsung TV Screen to Go Blank?
Samsung television screens may go blank for a number of reasons. (ULTRA.F/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Samsung makes a wide variety of different types of televisions, ranging from LCD to DLP to Plasma flat screens. The screens of these televisions will malfunction and go blank from time to time. Depending on the type of Samsung television it is, there are a number of reasons this may happen over time.

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Plasma Goes Black

Certain models of Samsung Plasma televisions are known to have their screens just go to black after a year or so of use. This usually has to do with an internal malfunction inside the plasma television and creates a terminal fault, causing the television to be permanently ruined. These models, which were almost exclusively sold in Korea, were the SPD-42S5HD, SPD-42S5HDM, SPD-42P5HD, and SPD-42P5HDM. While Samsung has declined to recall these models, they are offering free repairs on plasma televisions on which this malfunction occurs.

DLP Screens

If a Samsung DLP screen goes blank, there are several reasons this may occur. One may be that the DLP lamp or lamp ballast is failing on the television, causing the images to not effectively reflect onto the screen. The television may also be overheating, causing the electronics of the Samsung screen to fail. This may be due to electronics inside the television or the cooling fan failing, causing the screen to burn out.

LCD Television Failure

Liquid Crystal Display, or LCD, television displays will sometimes fail for a variety of reasons. Because there is liquid within the screen itself, this solution will sometimes freeze if the environment around the television drops below freezing. If it becomes too hot, the screen will sometimes go blue or just cease to work. It is important to protect these LCD televisions from extreme temperature changes to keep the screen from breaking.

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