Why is Polk Soundbar Not Turning ON? 3 Reasons & Reset Method

At times, your Polk sound bar might be a bit stubborn when it comes to connecting with TV or other devices. But for some users, things take a more frustrating turn – their Polk sound bar clearly refuses to turn on.

Now, why could this be happening? Well, there are a few suspects here. The Polk sound bar will not work fine if power outlets and power cables that connect with the sound bar are malfunctioned.

And what does that red light flashing on your sound bar mean? We’ll get to the bottom of all these questions. In this read, I’m explaining three common reasons why your Polk sound bar is not turning on. Let’s troubleshoot together!

Why is Polk Sound Bar Not Turning On and Blinking Red Light?

If your Polk sound bar is repeatedly flashing that red light, it might be dealing with some internal board or technical glitch. Try resetting it. If it works, great for you! But if not, and your sound bar is still under warranty, your best bet is to replace it with a new one.

Now, let’s dive into the three reasons why your Polk sound bar might be acting up and not turning on. We’ll troubleshoot each one to uncover the real culprit behind this issue. Let’s get to the bottom of it!

Why Polk Soundbar Not Turning ON

Wrong Electric Outlet is Being Used

Your Polk Soundbar won’t power up if you plug it into anything other than an AC outlet. The switches on the Polk sound bar work with AC outlets easily without hassle.

In case you don’t use power outlets directly do check the surge protector.

Surge Protector is Faulty!

Sometimes, we overlook things, like the fact that surge protectors can go out of order. If you’re using a surge protector, double-check that it’s in good working order.

I’ve received requests from a few people who use surge protectors to connect their soundbar or subwoofer with outlet. Turns out, in some cases, the surge protector itself was the culprit during troubleshooting.

So, if your switch is connected to a surge protector in a way that each time you flip the switch, it resets the sound bar, causing that flashing red light to blink, you’ve got an issue. These settings can mess up your sound bar’s connection with the TV. Try altering the route of switches.

Power Delivering Elements have Malfunctioned

Completing the power cycle for your Polk sound bar relies on 3 key elements. If any of them malfunctions, your sound bar won’t turn on. Let’s break down explanation of these:

  1. Sound bar Power Cord
  2. Power Outlet
  3. Power On button

Power cord Broken

If the power cord for your Polk sound bar is broken, your sound bar won’t play nicely and connect with the TV.

Solution: If it’s minor issue, just grab some tape and cover up the damage. Alternatively, you can go online and buy a new power cord easily. Keep it simple and get that power flowing smoothly again!

Faulty Power Outlet 

If your power outlet is acting up, it might be either faulty or the wrong one for your Polk sound bar.

Solution: Use a different outlet for soundbar, and make sure it’s an AC outlet. That’s the one that plays nice with your Polk power cord switch.

Disturbance in Polk Soundbar Power Button

Polk soundbar power buttons act up if dirt gets stuck around them or due to some internal glitch.

Solution: If the buttons are tough to press, give them a good cleaning with a brush to clear away any dirt.

For technical button issues, reach out to their experts. If your speakers are still under warranty and the power buttons aren’t responding, they’ll replace them for you.

Loose Soundbar Ports— Overlooked Issue

One commonly ignored problem is the condition of the sound bar ports. People often don’t notice when the power cable port or other ports like HDMI ARC or optical are damaged or loose. A loose power cable port means the sound bar isn’t getting power, leading it to not turning on. Similarly, faulty HDMI ARC or optical cable ports can cause connection issues with the TV.

Solution: If the ports are faulty, you can request a refund or replacement from Polk, especially if it’s under warranty. Polk values its customers and strives to provide the best products.

Additionally, resetting the Polk sound bar can solve various issues, including power, turning on, or Bluetooth problems.

How to Reset Polk Sound bar and Command Bar?

Let’s see how to reset both Polk’s well-known subwoofer devices.

Resetting Polk Command Bar

Resetting the Polk Command Bar solves many issues like Bluetooth connectivity, inability to pair with the TV, the mute button malfunctioning, removing it from demo mode, etc. All of such connectivity issues are resolved after resetting.

Follow the simple steps to reset the Polk Command bar.

  1. Plug the command bar power cable into the power cable. Please wait for 10 sec to turn it ON.
  2. Press “Volume Up” and “Volume Down” simultaneously for at least 15 seconds.
  3. Now wait for the command bar to say, “You have exited Demo mode.”
  4. This will reset the Polk Command bar to default factory settings.

Note: Some people click the “Action” button to remove the Command bar from reset or demo mode, but this will not do anything. The “Action” button connects the command bar to a subwoofer. For resetting, you have to follow the above-given steps.

Polk Sound bar Bluetooth Not Working – Resetting Polk Soundbar

Resetting the Polk Soundbar has slightly different steps than the Command bar. Let’s see how to reset the troubled sound bar.

  1. The first step is the same as explained in the former.
  2. Press the “Microphone Mute” button and “Volume Down” button at the same time to reset Polk Soundbar
  3. Now, Polk has been set to default factory settings.

It will now pair and connect with TV and Bluetooth.


Why is Polk Soundbar Not Connecting to TV?

There are various reasons. One big troublemaker might be a malfunctioning HDMI ARC or optical port, which hinders the pairing of the sound bar to the TV because these are the main connection establishers.

Why is my Polk remote Not Working?

Polk remote issues are mostly concerned with weak or dead batteries; the best is to replace them. If the problem persists, consider cleaning the sound bar sensor or resyncing the remote.

How do I resync my Polk remote with the sound bar?

To resynchronize your Polk remote with the sound bar, follow these steps:

  • Turn off the soundbar
  • Press and hold the remote’s power button for 20 seconds
  • Turn on the sound bar and hold the Volume Up button on the remote for 5 seconds

How do I reset my Polk Soundbar if it’s not Turning ON?

To troubleshoot a non-responsive Polk Sound bar, perform a reset by unplugging it, and holding the Volume Down and Microphone Mute buttons for 10 seconds at the same time.

Why is my Polk Soundbar Not Working and giving No Sound?

Check power connections, verify the input source, and adjust volume levels for a non-working Polk Soundbar. Trying a different input or restarting the sound bar may also resolve issues. If problems persist, consult the support at 1-800-377-7655.

Concluding Words

The solutions to a troubled Polk soundbar are using the right electric outlet, power establishing connections are in good condition, and soundbar ports are working fine.

And above all the suggested fix to any problem is performing a factory reset. The factory reset method for Polk soundbar and command bar is mentioned above in detail.

Hi, I'm Noor Alam, founder of SpeakersMag.com. I love music and got my Bachelor's degree in Sound Engineering. Now I have started my own blog about music products. Just like you, I also love different music products and in my spare time, I share my knowledge with audio lovers on this site. Read more about me
Hi, I'm Noor Alam, founder of SpeakersMag.com. I love music and got my Bachelor's degree in Sound Engineering. Now I have started my own blog about music products. Just like you, I also love different music products and in my spare time, I share my knowledge with audio lovers on this site. Read more about me

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