How to Troubleshoot an Element TV

By Aaron Wardell

Element is a leading manufacturer of televisions for budget-conscious consumers in the United States. The sets are feature-rich with high resolution and plenty of input for extra devices. As with any TV, however, things can go wrong. Learn a few tips to get the most out of your Element TV.

Things You'll Need

  • Element TV and attached devices
  • Owner's manual

Step 1

Check to see if your TV is plugged in. If it still does not work, use a different wall outlet. If you usually use the remote to turn on your TV, press the front panel "Power" button.

Step 2

Rule out a faulty remote. If your remote is working erratically, replace the batteries. Move closer to the TV if you are using it from a long distance. Remove any obstructions that might block the infrared signal coming from the remote. If you have custom information stored on the remote (such as programs for your DVD player or VCR), do this quickly to avoid losing that data.

Step 3

Disconnect all attached devices. If you have a DVD player, VCR or gaming console hooked to your Element TV, disconnect it. Try hooking each device up to a different input or using different audio/video cables.

Step 4

Check your cables. Analog audio and video cables degrade over time, so replace your video cables if you experience anomalies like picture artifacts or interference. If you hear buzzing, humming or distortion coming from your speakers, replace your audio cables. Buy good quality cables to ensure they last a long time and are not affected by interference from your TV or other electronic devices.

Tips & Warnings

  • If none of the above tips works, you may have a defective TV. Problems like vertical lines or strange colors that are not related to cables are usually the sign of a defective set.
  • When plugging in and unplugging devices from your TV, always unplug your TV from the wall to negate the risk of electric shock.