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Can a TV Screen Break on Its Own?

Can a TV Screen Break on Its Own?

Yes, your TV’s LCD screen can break on its own.

Unless you built your home over an ancient burial ground, a ghost was probably not responsible for it breaking. 

Still, a TV’s LCD spontaneously shattering isn’t unheard of, and it happens more often than you would think.

It could be a real drag if you planned on binging the latest Netflix original series. 

We have remedies for what’s ailing your TV, whether you can physically feel the TV’s cracks crawling through its exterior or see discolorations on the screen. 

You have probably scoured the net for answers and we assure you, it’s nothing to lose your head over. Here are some techniques that actually work.

What Makes a TV Screen Break?

Đa and son stading in front of breaking TV

Typically, LCD screens breakthrough applied stress. 

There are plenty of things that apply stress to your television’s hardware. 

Here are two of the most common physical stresses your TV may encounter:

  • Impact
  • Pressure

Like our own stress, they typically come from external factors. 

However, our devices can also generate internal stress that can damage their hardware due to other underlying issues.

Let’s talk about these factors.


A family standing in front of a broken TV

You aren’t the only one stressing about your kids bouncing off walls, kicking, and screaming. 

Your children’s rough-housing can also put stress on your LCD TV by bringing it undue damage. 

If it gets kicked hard enough, it may fall off its stand or TV mount and shatter from the pressure.

If no one owns up to it, the scene of the crime may give you an insight.

  • Is it out of its place?
  • Are there dents anywhere else?
  • Have the wires come loose?
  • Is it unplugged? 
  • Are there any misplaced or missing components?

You may also deduce the point of impact depending on what the TV crack looks like.

If the crack spread like a spiderweb, look for its center. If it spreads evenly in all four directions, that’s most likely the point of impact. 

Centralized impacts come from projectiles hitting the screen more often than not. 

If the point of impact is at the bottom corner, your TV may have taken a fall causing the screen to shatter. 

Even cracks isolated on one side mean they may have taken a hit from a heavy object. 

You will need to inspect the damage to figure it out, but you can immediately take it to the repair shop. They might have better insight into whatever caused the damage and how much it will take to repair it. 


Two man moving a plasma TV

If you are moving from one place to another and find that your television has cracked, you can bet movers didn’t handle its transport with care.

Sometimes movers and anyone else responsible for handling your devices aren’t as careful as they should be. 

If it’s sandwiched between objects, it can succumb to the pressure it’s underneath. 

An even cracking throughout the screen is more likely due to being pressed between two objects. 

However, external pressures aren’t all you have to worry about. 

Your TV conducts heat and there are certain blockages in its airways. Hot air can expand and become pressurized.

Sometimes, hot air expanding can cause bubbling in your LCD TV, but enough of it can cause internal combustion. 

Its cracks aren’t going to look similar to those caused by external factors. The glass will look like it’s protruding instead of sinking.

Any implosion with pressures high enough can burst through your screen. 

Can a TV Screen Crack From Heat

A broken TV screen

Absolutely. A screen can crack due to intense heat because it expands, causing internal pressure and tension.

Glass particles can fracture and eventually crack due to higher temperatures from external factors. Internally, it can cause shortcircuiting and other problems that may ultimately lead to combustion.

Environments too hot or too cold can disrupt regular pixel activity. It can deaden or freeze pixels causing colored linear formations on your screen. 

We consider these internal cracks, and they are equally disruptive as physical ones.

You should ensure there aren’t things blocking the air vents of your television to prevent internal pressures from building up.

Heating devices, like spacer heaters, should never be placed near electronic devices. 

They may intensify the heat devices are already conducting and cause overheating. 

Additionally, while a colder environment is better for all gadgets, you should never place them directly under a cooling system. 

Any excess moisture from your AC can leak into the hardware and cause more problems. 


If there are cracks you can’t figure out, don’t panic. It’s happening to more television sets than you think. 

Can an LCD Screen Break Out of Nowhere?

A broken TV screen under sunshine

Yes, LCD TVs can break on their own.

As we have mentioned, LCD screens may break from internal pressures. 

However, the other problems mentioned can all be self-inflicted. 

Shortcircuiting on the inside can dislodge small components, and internal pressure can launch them into other areas, including your LCD screen. 

Sometimes, it’s no one’s fault or the result of many different factors. 

It can be a domino effect of various factors leading to internal problems, which can cause your screen to crack.

How Can I Prevent My LCD Screen From Cracking?

Smart TV in a living room with a small sofa

Keep it at least a foot (30cm) away from walls, curtains, sofas, and beds. 

Air vents should always be free to release and receive abundant airflow. 

Proper air exchange is critical for your TV’s functions, and insufficient amounts can hinder its overall performance. 

Energy efficiency will also be affected by a surplus of thermal air pressure. Your TV’s fans and motors can overcompensate to combat excessive heat, increasing utility bills and causing your unit to overheat.

What Can I Do About My TV Falling?

Two kids looking at a failing TV

Please take it to the repair shop.

Unless you are a licensed electrician, you should leave any electrical work to the professionals.

You shouldn’t cause more damage to your unit by trying at-home remedies. 

While duct tape is always a reliable quick fix, don’t tape up your screen! 

Keep your TV in a “no projectile zone” to prevent external impacts from disturbing your movie nights. 


We hope this article helped you crack the case about your mysteriously shattered LCD.

As you have read, it is not impossible for your TV screen to break on its own. However, it could also be the work of a few common culprits, such as projectiles and gravity!

You should take it to the shop and avoid causing any further damage. 

Please don’t dismiss a shattered screen. Any moisture leaks into the unit through the LCD screen can cause extensive damage.

It’s also best you keep the TV area a no-rough-housing zone to avoid living an episode of Unsolved Mysteries in your home.

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