Although some problems with modern televisions do require professional services, there are a number of fixes that can be done on TVs that don’t require anything more than one tool and a little know-how! Here are some secrets to consider before reaching for the telephone.
1.Let’s get fundamental!
The first thing technicians learn in their training is that troubleshooting begins at the physical level. This means that the television is still a device, and a device needs a power source and good connections to function. Check all the connections to your television. Is it securely plugged into the wall? Are the cables all in the right place? Making sure your basics are covered is a quick way to check for a simple fix and will always save you time and money.
2.Dear Mr. Coaxial Cable…
Often when your satellite or cable goes out, it’s the result of a bad coaxial cable, which is the cable that runs from your box to your television. Most installers won’t tell you this, but a coaxial cable is one of the cheapest cables to purchase, and if you take the time to buy one and replace it yourself, you’ve just saved yourself a good chunk of cash.
3.Going Forward with Caution
If you need to move your television to do a repair, you’ll need to be cautious in moving the device away from the wall. Don’t rip the television from its place, as you could cause more damage to the electrical connections. Often, what could be a simple repair without the help of a professional will turn into a professional service call because the owner simply became too impatient in attempting to deduce the problem. Take your time!
4.A Television is Not a Coffee Table!
All too often, people complain about a television that keeps shutting off, only to find that they’ve turned the top of their tube into a makeshift desk! Many models of televisions require air vents out of the top and back, and putting too much clutter over those vents can cause the TV to overheat. When electronics overheat, they break and stop working. Make sure your television is in an environment that allows it to breathe.
5.It May Not be the Television
Although that final episode of Lost may have blown your mind, it probably didn’t blow the TV’s. Often people will see a bad picture on the television, only to find out that it was their satellite dish or cable box that caused the bad imaging. Test out your television without cable – in its natural state – and see how that looks. Looks sharp? Contact your cable provider, because you’ll need new cable equipment – not a new television.
Although that final episode of Lost may have blown your mind, it probably didn’t blow the TV’s. Often people will see a bad picture on the television, only to find out that it was their satellite dish or cable box that caused the bad imaging.