5 common TV screen problems and easy fixes

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5 common TV screen problems and easy fixes

It’s difficult to imagine our lives without a television. This appliance is our window to relaxation, entertainment, and helps us escape the reality of our mundane lives. But what if that window suddenly becomes cloudy and uncooperative, popping signs of distress? TV screen problems are common and unwelcome. But here’s the good news – many of these problems can be fixed without bidding early farewell to your favourite TV. 

5 common TV screen problems and fixes

The following are some of the most common TV screen problems along with how they can be fixed.

1. Distorted picture

2. Unnatural screen movement

3. Colour correction

4. Audio delay

5. Lines appearing on screen

1. Distorted picture

Ever encountered a situation where you felt the picture was a little off? Maybe the people on screen look squeezed, cropped or disappearing past the edge of the screen. It can either happen because the aspect ratio is not aligned or the TV signal is being geometrically reflected on the screen.

Go to your TV Settings, and look for options like Picture Size, Aspect Ratio, Zoom, Wide or even Picture. From any of the previous menus that you find on your TV, select Direct or Just Fit. If you find the option to choose an aspect ratio in figures instead of the last two options, opt for 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio options.

2. Unnatural screen movement

If you are experiencing unnatural screen movement on your TV, there is a possibility that your TV is running through the Soap Opera effect. To put it in a few words, while most shows and movies are displayed in either 24FPS or 30FPS, modern TVs have a refresh rate of 120Hz or can display up to 120FPS. This is an attempt to make frames smoother, and while it’s really a treat to watch sports or play games, it can appear jarring while watching normal shows and movies.

The simple solution is turning off the Motion Smoothing option by flipping the switch from Settings. If you are not getting this option, and do have a choice to select Modes instead, choose the TV in Cinema or Movie mode.

5 common TV screen problems and easy fixes

3. Colour Correction

Do your TV picture colours look off? It may be too blue or green, or the skin tone may come out as unnaturally yellow. You get it fixed at the first instance by choosing the TV’s movie-focused picture mode that you will find named Calibrated, Cinema or Movie option. If it persists, chances are there might be an issue with the White Balance of your TV.

Go to the Picture menu from settings, and find a value named Colour temperature or White Balance. From all the options you find, like Cool, Warm, and Normal, select Warm from the drop-down which may fetch the most accurate colour results.

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If the problem still chases you, it is recommended to consult a technician for troubleshooting. To extend the existing warranty of your TV, you may opt for the ZipCare Protect plans by Croma to protect your appliance from malfunctioning.

4. Audio delay

What could be more annoying than the visuals not syncing with the audio? It’s like watching a film with a voiceover. To get away from such stress, go to Settings and click on Sound. Choose Advanced Settings or Expert Settings and fix it from A/V Sync or Audio Delay option. 

5. Lines appearing on screen

If you are getting horizontal or vertical lines on your TV screen, unplug the cable and re-plug it firmly. If it’s not yet resolved, replace your HDMI cable with a new one and check whether it’s working. If the problem still persists, there might be an issue with the screen.

While screen problems can sometimes cost you dear, you can get it repaired without creating a hole in your wallet by choosing the ZipCare Protect plans by Croma. This plan will protect your device against any manufacturing defects or malfunctions that are covered under the manufacturer’s warranty.

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