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Bush TVs don’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to quality, longevity, or proper functioning.
That said, a less pricey option in the world of high-definition TVs can be enticing if you’re on a tight budget.
Today we’re going to take a look at some of the most common problems with Bush TVs, and let you decide for yourself if they’re worth the risk.
Let’s take a look at the 6 most common problems we could find with Bush TVs.
Failure of the Remote Control
One of the more common — and more frustrating — problems with Bush TVs is the failure of the remote control. Most typically, the TV will fail to turn on or respond to remote commands unless you press the button twice in quick succession.
With continued use, the TV can eventually fail to respond to the remote at all, no matter how many times you press the button.
This can be disastrous if your TV is a model that does not include power and menu buttons on the set itself, as a failure of the remote would render the entire TV inoperable.
Even if that’s not the case, it’s pretty annoying to have to get up and use the buttons on the TV set, and remotes are a popular convenience for a reason.
This problem can typically be solved by replacing the remote. If your TV is still under warranty, you should be able to get a free replacement, though you’ll be unable to use your TV conveniently — or at all if it doesn’t have built-in buttons — until the replacement arrives.
If you’re lucky, the replacement remote won’t have the same issue, but if you’re unlucky, this issue can lead to one headache after another in short succession.
Annoying Buzzing Sound from Backlight
Some users report that their Bush TV makes a rather irritating “buzzing” sound.
In the typical case, the sound will always be present but mercifully goes unnoticed when using your TV at higher volumes, as the TV’s sound will drown out the comparatively quiet buzzing.
Where the issue manifests most frustratingly is when using the TV at lower volumes, and who hasn’t wanted to turn their TV down when watching late at night to avoid waking up other members of the household?
Needless to say, this can present an obstacle to the full enjoyment of your TV by limiting the ways you can use it without having to deal with an annoying sound taking you out of the enjoyment of whatever you’re watching.
This issue seems to be related to the backlight of certain models of Bush TV and counterintuitively manifests when the backlight is set to lower levels or used in a power-saving mode.
At full brightness, the buzzing sound may be absent entirely, but not everyone wants to use their TV at full brightness all the time.
For one thing, it might be painful for users with more sensitive eyes, and for another, it prevents you from enjoying the longevity and power-saving options of lower settings.
There doesn’t seem to be a ready fix for this issue other than replacing the TV. And there’s, unfortunately, no guarantee the replacement won’t simply have the exact same issue, especially if it’s an inherent defect in the model.
The Dreaded Power Failure
Another commonly reported — and particularly debilitating — issue that may crop up with Bush TVs is a power failure of some variety or another.
This can range from your TV simply going entirely “dead” and not turning on at all, to immediately powering off as soon as it’s turned on.
Needless to say, this is a major issue and prevents you from using your TV at all.
This problem is really a variety of problems that fall under the same category, so let’s take a look at some of the most common issues related to power failures in your Bush TV:
- DOA or “Dead on Arrival”: Right out of the box, your brand new TV won’t turn on or respond in any way.
- Complete power failure: Like DOA, but it doesn’t happen immediately. Your TV may work fine for a while, then one day simply stops responding when you try to turn it on.
- Indefinite Standby: Your TV will appear to power on and the standby light will be on, but you will be unable to fully turn it on and use the TV.
- Power loop: Your TV appears to turn on when you tell it to, but gets caught in a loop where it turns back off again before you can use it, or repeatedly turns on, then off, then on again, then off again indefinitely until you disconnect it from power entirely.
Depending on which specific power issue you’re experiencing, there’s a chance this fix may help.
Note that we have not tried this ourselves and can’t verify that it works, or whether or not it might void your warranty, so try it at your own risk!
If your warranty is still good, we recommend trying to get a free replacement or repair while your set is under warranty, or perhaps simply returning it if you can and getting a more reliable model.
Built-In Button Failure: Random Setting Changes
Some users report that after a while, they start experiencing annoying issues with their Bush TV where the built-in buttons on the TV will activate automatically for no apparent reason.
This causes issues like the volume increasing or decreasing randomly without user input, or other settings changing un-prompted.
While it doesn’t prevent you from using your TV, it can make managing these unpredictable issues extremely frustrating as you will continually have to manually correct the adjustment of volume or other settings happening of their own accord.
This issue can potentially be solved by the user with just a bit of technical know-how, but be warned it may void your warranty and you take the risk of making your problem worse if you make a mistake. We cannot recommend any level of disassembly on the user-end and you do so at your own risk.
If you choose to take this risk, please take all due precautions and especially be sure your TV is disconnected from any source of power!
If your TV is still under warranty, you’re better off trying to get it repaired or replaced through the warranty.
All that being said, if you wish to attempt the fix on your own, this thread walks another user with the issue through the process.
Note that this will prevent you from using the built-in buttons as the “fix” is simply to disconnect them entirely, but given they are seldom used as long as you have a working remote, this shouldn’t be too big an issue.
Connection Issues with Smart TV Features
This is another problem that’s actually a lot of different problems that fall under the same category.
The one thing they all have in common is that they relate to an issue connecting your TV to another device — a rather important ability to make use of your TV.
Let’s take a look at the various issues that can arise relating to connectivity with your Bush TV:
- No internet connectivity:
If you have a Smart TV model, you may have trouble getting it to connect to the internet to actually use all those smart features.
- Pairing issues:
When trying to pair your Bush TV to Bluetooth devices, you might have trouble getting them to recognize each other and pair properly.
- Sporadic internet disconnects:
You successfully connect your Bush TV to the internet (this problem is most common with wifi connections over wired), but the connection is interrupted intermittently.
- Problems with specific smart features:
Maybe the internet works fine for most things, but apps like Netflix or YouTube inexplicably fail to play any content.
Check out general problems here with flatscreen TVs.
Because this category of issues is so broad, and users have reported so many different kinds of problems, it’s hard to recommend any quick and easy solutions in the scope of this article.
Your best bet is to run through common troubleshooting tips (have you tried turning it off and on again?), and if you can’t make any headway on your own, try a tech support forum or Bush customer service support.
The Ever-Infuriating “No Signal” Problem
Everyone’s got a story about that time their TV or monitor simply refused to acknowledge being plugged into a signal source despite everything appearing to be in working order.
This issue can crop up for a huge variety of reasons with any model or brand of TV, and Bush TVs are certainly no exception.
If you’re having this issue, try these basic troubleshooting steps:
- Turn your TV and the device you’re trying to connect it to off and unplug the cables between them.
- Wait 10 seconds, then reconnect and power on the devices.
- Make sure your cables are connected to the proper ports on each device and plugged in firmly.
- If it’s still not working, test the TV and the signal source by connecting them to a different device you know works fine. As an example, let’s say you’re trying to connect your TV to a satellite box, and you also have a DVD player that you know works just fine. In this case, you would plug the DVD player into your TV. If it still doesn’t work, you know the problem is with the TV, and if it does work, you know the TV is fine and the problem is with the satellite box.
- If you’re still having no luck, you might try replacing your cables, as a faulty cable will render connection impossible.
If you can’t resolve the issue with the steps above, we recommend consulting customer support if your warranty is still in effect, and online tech support forums if it isn’t.