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Antenna Repair Guide

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Antenna Repair Guide

While most televisions these days rely on cable or satellite connections to get channels, many of us still trust a good old pair of rabbit ears. Antennas have been used for decades to connect us with the outside world, receiving signals for our TVs and radios. We often tweak them to get a better signal, and some of us get creative with wire coat hangers to improve reception. Some of us even have antennas mounted on our roofs!


But what happens when the signal goes permanently fuzzy? Or the antenna stops working completely? This usually indicates a need to replace the part or the entire television/radio itself.


If you’re in love with your radio or television, you might not want to replace “old faithful” and would like it repaired. While the problem may seem simple, it’s a good idea to let a professional take a look at your situation – this will ensure you get back to your shows/programs as fast as possible.

When an antenna is bent or broken, it hinders the antennas ability to receive data properly. This will create a fuzzy or broken signal, no matter how good the condition of your radio or television.

Common Antenna Problems

Since antennas are basically receivers of data, most problems that occur prevent antennas from either a) receiving signals or b) taking the signals and sending them through to your devices.


When an antenna is bent or broken, it hinders the antennas ability to receive data properly. This will create a fuzzy or broken signal, no matter how good the condition of your radio or television. You can attempt to hold the antenna back together with tape or string, but more than likely you’ll just need to get a replacement antenna. Remove your old antenna and take it in to a local electronics shop to see if they carry replacements. If they don’t, you can contact the manufacturer of your device to see if they will sell you a replacement antenna. We recommend going to the shop first, as they may have an after-market part that works just as well but costs less than a retail replacement from the manufacturer. However, if you’re absolutely particular about your parts being directly from the factory, the manufacturer is the way to go.


If you have an antenna on the roof, you must keep in mind that it is exposed to the elements 24/7 and may be broken or off-tilt due to wind and other sever weather conditions.


Instead of heading up to the roof to do your own amateur inspection, connect with a professional. There’s no point in risking injury on your roof if you still aren’t completely sure of the cause of your bad signal. A professional is trained with equipment related to repairing antennas, and can get up there and do the job in a fraction of the time.


If you’re not sure whether it’s the actual antenna causing the problem, vs. the connection between the antenna and television or radio, take it into an appliance or electronics shop to be inspected. Those guys are professionals and work with devices like yours on a daily basis. They’ll be able to show you exactly what’s wrong, and give you detailed instructions on how to fix it. Also, many shops have resident technicians that can complete the repairs for you! Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying your favorite shows and programs again!

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