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Receiver Turning On and Off by Itself

What Is Happening?

The DISH receiver is turning on and off by itself.

Why Is It Happening?

This problem is typically caused by an issue with electrical power or the DISH receiver.

How Do I Fix It?

Hi, I’m Nadine. If you’re having trouble with your DISH receiver powering on and off by itself, then this video is for you. If you’re experiencing another issue, check out our other support videos on YouTube or for assistance.

To start, check that your receiver’s power cord is plugged into an electrical outlet and tightly connected to the back of the receiver. If your power cord is plugged into a power strip, ensure the strip is turned on. Once you’ve confirmed your receiver is connected to a working power source, look for a green light on the front of the receiver to indicate that it’s on.

If you don’t see a light, ensure that your receiver has proper ventilation to avoid overheating, or it may turn on. Your receiver should not be enclosed in a cabinet, and there should be at least four inches of space between it and other electronic devices.

If the problem remains, a simple power reset will fix most technical issues.

To perform a power reset, unplug the receiver from the power outlet for 10 seconds, and then plug it back in. The power cord usually has a red tag on it, so you can easily identify it. If you are unable to easily reach your power cord, press the Reset button on the front of the receiver or hold down the Power button for 10 seconds.

It’s also a good idea to confirm that the wiring from your Hopper to the wall is connected properly.

If you’re still experiencing an issue, please chat with us online at or call us at 1-800-333-3474. We’d be happy to help you, and together, we’ll get you back to enjoying your favorite shows in no time.

Even if your receiver isn’t working, you can visit or download the DISH Anywhere app to watch shows on your computer, tablet, or phone.

Thanks for joining me, and I’ll see you next time!

Resolve this issue by completing all the steps below:

  1. Is the power light blinking?

    If the power light of the DISH receiver is blinking then the receiver is in recovery mode. Recovery can take up to 4 hours to complete; please wait for the receiver to finish before continuing troubleshooting.

    If the light is not blinking or the light has been blinking for more than 4 hours, continue troubleshooting.

    Power light on front of receiver
  2. Check ventilation

    Your receiver needs ventilation for proper operation or it may not power on. Make sure it is not in an enclosed cabinet and has at least 4 inches of space from other electronic devices.

  3. Reset your DISH receiver and bypass surge protectors

    Faulty surge protectors or power strips can introduce additional problems. Try bypassing them temporarily for testing purposes.

    Unplug the electrical cord of your DISH receiver (typically has a red tag).
    Wait 10 seconds and plug it directly into a wall outlet, bypassing any power strips or surge protectors.

    The reset process my take up to 5 minutes to complete.

    Power cord with red tag
  4. Contact Us

    Please contact us for further assistance. Our technical experts will confirm the steps you've done and continue troubleshooting with additional steps.