Victrola makes entry-level record layers that sell at incredibly low prices.
Obviously, that means low quality components and construction.
We get more questions about Victrola and Crosley (a similar brand) turntables not working than all other brands combined.
The most common issue is a Victrola suitcase turntable skipping.
A Victrola record player not turning on is second.
Luckily, the problem is usually easy to fix.
Keep reading for help in figuring out the issue, and fixing it. In all likelihood, you will find the solution to your Victrola turntable not powering on below.
- 1 Why Is My Victrola Record Player Not Turning On?
- 2 Victrola Turntable Not Powering On: Troubleshooting Steps
- 3 How To Turn On Victrola Record Player If None Of The Above Fixed The Issue
- 4 Victrola Record Player Won’t Turn On: Final Thoughts
Why Is My Victrola Record Player Not Turning On?
If your Victrola record player is not turning on, the fix is usually something simple. You’ll want to begin by checking the outlets and power supply, and then the fuses. After that, start looking at the unit itself.
That’s exactly the order of our troubleshooting steps below. Start from the beginning and work your way down. Hopefully, you will have identified, and fixed, the issue by the time you get to the end.
Victrola Turntable Not Powering On: Troubleshooting Steps
As mentioned, often the problem is something simple, which is why we will begin with the easiest fixes first and work our way up. Check each of the troubleshooting steps below and work your way through them, until you find the reason for your Victrola record player not turning on.
Not Plugged In Or Plugged In Incorrectly
Sometimes the most obvious thing is the culprit of the problem. If your Victrola turntable won’t power on, make sure to check the power supply.
These units have a specially dedicated power supply that converts AC power to DC power by using a small power converter that plugs into a standard wall outlet.
These are sometimes called wall warts because they are big and awkward when plugged in. The Victrola comes with a special DC power supply that supplies the correct voltage to the power system of your turntable.
If the wrong power supply is used, the unit will not power on. In some cases, the wrong power supply can actually burn out your power circuit.
Because they are heavy and awkward, they can often shake loose and become unplugged, while still appearing to be plugged in.
- Check the DC power supply and make sure it is the correct voltage for your unit. The voltage is always there on the power supply in small text. Use the instruction manual to determine if the power supply matches the voltage you need (it should also be indicated on the turntable itself).
- Check the part of the power supply that plugs into the wall and make sure it is not half in and half out of the socket. Push it in straight all the way and try to switch it on again.
- Make sure the other end of the power supply is plugged all the way into the socket on your Victrola turntable. They can get jostled and sometimes fall out.
No Power At Wall Outlet
Some homes and businesses have dead outlets that people have never gotten around to getting fixed. I know there are two in my house that just don’t work, and we never bothered to fix them since there are so many more that we can use.
Each power outlet eventually goes to your power box outside your house that has a breaker attached to it. If the power outlet got overloaded, it could trip the breaker and that outlet will no longer work until the breaker is flipped back.
Some older homes have fuses in the breaker box, so it is also possible the outlet you are trying to use is going to a fuse that has blown.
Certain power outlets may be wired to a wall switch to be used for lamps or other lights. This is common with outlets near doors or bedsides. The switch that controls the outlet is not always the obvious one you think should control it.
- Check the outlet you are trying to use with a voltage tester. If you don’t have a voltage tester the best alternative is to use a night light that you know works or a small lamp that is easy to move around. Plug the nightlight or lamp in and see if it works in the outlet in question. If it doesn’t work, check the next outlet over, if it does work in the second outlet you know the outlet is not hot.
- Check the breaker that your outlet goes to. Many times, the outlet will be wired with the entire wall or the whole room at the breaker box. Go to your breaker box and locate the room or wall your outlet is on and check to see if the breaker is flipped. It will be between On and Off if it is flipped. Flip it back on.
- Get your lamp or night light again and plug it into the outlet in question. Check the light switches in the room one after the other to see if the lamp or nightlight comes on. If it does, then you know that outlet is wired to that switch, and you can try your Victrola again with the switch on.
Record Player Fuse
Most of the popular Victrola units come with a fuse to protect them from people using the wrong power supply. If the wrong power supply is used, it will blow the fuse instead of frying the whole power circuit.
If the fuse is blown, there is a short in the circuit and the power will not flow from the power adapter to the unit’s power circuit.
Not all Victrolas have fuses but the Victrola VSC-550BT suitcase turntable does, and that is the most common unit to experience the problem of not turning on.
Sometimes someone has also installed the wrong fuse. This can be the case if you get the turntable used and the previous owner replaced the fuse with the wrong kind of fuse. The wrong kind of fuse will interrupt the power flow and cause the unit to not turn on.
Inspect The Fuse For Breakage
Check your user manual (you can find them online, if you no longer have yours) and locate where the fuse is housed on your particular Victrola. Make sure your unit is unplugged before you start messing with the fuse and unscrewing things.
Find the fuse and unscrew the plastic cover and pull it out. You can look at the fuse and see if the small filament inside is broken. If you can see it’s broken, then that is your issue.
If your eyes are not great you can usually see some darkness on the inside of the glass fuse, even if you can’t see the tiny filament.
Inspect The Fuse For Voltage
Your manual will tell you what voltage your fuse needs to be. If you look at your fuse and it is not blown, check the voltage. Usually, the voltage will be engraved on the metal contacts on either end of the fuse.
If the voltage you see does not match the manual’s recommended voltage, then you have the wrong fuse in your unit. You need to replace it with the right one.
The motors on these units do eventually burn out. Since they are so poorly made and use such cheap plastic parts, something else usually breaks before the motor. However, if you tried everything else, there is a chance that your motor could be dead.
It is fairly rare for this to be the issue, unless you have been playing lots of heavy old 78 rpm shellac records, which are hard on these cheap little weak motors.
- If you have checked everything else, unplug your unit and unscrew the case where the motor is.
- Locate the motor and look to see if there is any black residue on the sides of it. If there is, then the motor has burned out.
- If there are no visual clues, smell the motor. A burned-out motor has a burned plastic electrical smell that you will know when you smell it. If it stinks like burned plastic, it’s been toasted.
If your motor is burned out there is no point in fixing it. It will cost too much. Just buy a new record player, hopefully, one that is well made and lasts longer and sounds good, and not a pretend player like a Victrola or Crosley.
This is generally even true for the somewhat more expensive models, like the Navigator 8 In 1 Stereo System, although even that one is still crazy cheap.
How To Turn On Victrola Record Player If None Of The Above Fixed The Issue
If none of the issues above were the reason for your Victrola turntable not powering on, I have some bad news for you. You’ll need to get a new one.
Yes, you could have a professional take a look at it, but why bother? That would likely cost more than the cost to buy the turntable in the first place. You’re better off just buying a new one.
However, I would advise against getting another Victrola turntable. Yes, they do have some advantages, mainly the low price, but they are also cheaply made.
Given the high cost of vinyl records these days, it makes no sense to play them on such a cheap player. And you don’t want to find yourself back here in a few months asking “Why won’t my victrola record player turn on?” all over again.
Instead, save up a few hundred dollars and get one of the best record players aimed at the entry level market. Some of my favorites are the Audio Technica LP60 (review here) or the House of Marley Stir It Up turntable (review here).
Victrola Record Player Won’t Turn On: Final Thoughts
Usually, if you have a Victrola record player not powering one, the problem is something simple. That’s why you should start from the beginning of this article and work your way down. Hopefully, you will have found the issue by the time you get to the end.
As mentioned, if nothing above has helped, you will probably have to replace your turntable. You could get another Victrola record player, but you would be much better off spending a bit more and getting a decent machine that will work without issues. It will sound far, far better, too!
There is an error in your troubleshooting, regarding the fuse. It states “If the fuse is blown, there is a short in the circuit…” which is not correct. If the fuse is blown, a short may have caused that to happen. However the blown fuse is an “open” in the circuit. Not a short.
Christine Beals says
“If your motor is burned out there is no point in fixing it. It will cost too much. Just buy a new record player, hopefully, one that is well made and lasts longer and sounds good, and not a pretend player like a Victrola or Crosley.”
What the heck kind of society are we when you suggest we just buy a new one instead of repair-disgusting. Throw away culture needs to end.
David Richard says
If you’d rather pay more to fix an old player than to buy a new one, you’re perfectly free to do that. And just because you buy a new one, that does not mean you need to throw the old one away. You can keep them both.
I’m wondering if anyone had luck locating a service manual for model 600B (the navigator). I think mine has blown a fuse but there is zero information in the user manual about fuses.
Hi – where is the fuse located on the VSC-550BT? Thanks.