Identifying Television Aerial Problems

From incompatible devices to lousy weather to damaged equipment, you can find the solution to some of the most common television aerial issues with TV Aerials Ellesmere Port’s (here) comprehensive guide.

If the picture on your television keeps freezing or breaking up, or the sound keeps on dropping, or if you are struggling to get a signal, then you might be having some aerial trouble.

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How to check if it is your aerial

Before attempting to replace or repair your aerial, it is advisable that you first check to see if it is the aerial, not other equipment, that is the problem:
• If you have any other TVs in your home connected to different aerials, check their signal
• Find out if your neighbours are experiencing any signal issues

If other televisions are affected, then the problem could be with the local transmitter – it could be the signal is weak. Adverse weather conditions like storms and strong winds could also interfere with reception.

If you live in a flat with a communal aerial and are experiencing signal issues, chances are the aerial is faulty. Consider checking with other residents and your neighbours to see if they’re experiencing the same problem.

Several other factors that could affect aerial reception:

  • Check behind your television and ensure that all the leads – to the aerial, the mains, the DVD player or recorder, and the digital box – are properly connected
  • High air pressure can also cause picture break-up or could even lead to a complete loss of reception. This is momentary, and reception should get back to normal once the bad weather has passed
  • External interferences, for instance, signals from illegal broadcasters, could also affect your signal. If you can, check this too.

If your neighbours’ aerials are okay and other televisions in your home are working properly, then some of your equipment is likely defective. To rule out some of the problems that could be plaguing your Freeview box:

  • Restart your TV and Freeview box
  • If nothing changes or happens, try re-tuning the box
  • Check to see that all the plugs and leads are properly and securely connected to the box and TV

If you are receiving channels from another region or are missing some channels, restarting the Freeview box then re-tuning it should help resolve the problem. If this isn’t successful, reach out to your Freeview Box provider as the box might have become faulty.

If none of the solutions mentioned above fixed your signal problems, chances are your aerial is either out of alignment or broken. If your antenna is visible, check to see if it’s pointing in the same direction as other aerials in your vicinity. If it is not, then it needs to be adjusted. Also, consider having the aerial, and all its connections checked for faults by an aerial expert.

When Is It Essential That I Get a New Aerial?

While digital aerials are generally repairable, you might need to replace your aerial if:

  • It’s been damaged or weathered by exposure to the elements
  • It isn’t digital-compatible

In most cases, this is advised as you might find yourself attempting to repair your television aerial frequently. If you are not sure that your aerial is repairable or if you wish to have it replaced, contact us today and speak to our team of experts for more information and advice – we are more than happy to be of service to you.