It’s a frustrating experience when your television aerial isn’t working and you can’t seem to fix the problem. You may not know where to start or what to do, but don’t worry – we’re here to help. In this blog post, we’ll give you some tips on how to troubleshoot and fix your aerial, as well as some information on what you can do if it still doesn’t work.
Check Your TV Aerial is Plugged in Correctly
If you’re experiencing problems with your TV signal, the first thing you should check is that your TV aerial is properly plugged in. Sometimes the problem can be as simple as a loose connection. If the cable is plugged in but you’re still having issues, it’s possible that your aerial isn’t configured correctly.
Depending on your location, you may need to adjust the direction of your aerial to receive the strongest signal. If you live in an area with weak or intermittent signals, you may need to invest in a signal booster. This way, you can ensure that you’re getting the best possible TV signal.
Make Sure the Aerial is Pointing in the Right Direction
If you’re still having trouble with your TV signal, the next thing you should check is the aerial. If it’s not pointing in the right direction, you won’t be able to get a strong signal. To find the right direction, you can Google for the location of the nearest transmitter in your area and then you’ll need to use a compass. Once you know where the transmitter is, point the tv aerial in that direction. Then, move it around until you find the strongest signal. Once you’ve found the right spot, you should be able to enjoy clear reception.
Test Your Aerial with Another TV or Device
If you’re not having much luck then it’s worth trying another TV or device to ensure there isn’t a fault within the device. Sometimes, the problem can fall on the device rather than any problems with the cable or aerial. It may also be worth testing the aerial with a signal meter to see if there is any interference that could be blocking the signal.
Check the Source or Input
One of the most common issues is actually an easy fix and is simply the result of pressing the wrong button, which then gives you a message saying there’s no signal. Keep in mind that just because you’re getting this message doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s something wrong with your TV antennae. It could just mean that the inputted source (like HDMI1) connected to your chosen input isn’t on, hence why there’s “no signal” being detected from it.
To fix this, find the “source” button on your remote and try changing it to a few different options and see if you see a signal.
Check Aerial Tuning
This is a bit of an “old fashioned” method, though is a much more common problem on older televisions, especially if the aerial hasn’t been used for a while. With some systems the tuning needs to be manually set to a specific range to allow the aerial to find the signal. Some TVs also have an auto-tuning feature for this.
To test this, first, locate the “auto-tuning” option on your TV and then proceed to select it. Once you’ve completed this, wait for it to finish scanning through all of its available channels. If after doing so you’re still not seeing any signal coming through, it may be another indication that there is an issue with the aerial itself.
Faulty Wall Plate or Aerial Socket
Sometimes, the housing around the aerial or the wall plate can become damaged, which can affect the performance of your aerial. If this is the case, you’re much more likely to get some reception and experience a weak intermittent signal, rather than not getting a signal at all. If this is the case, replacement sockets and wall plates can be bought and replaced with relative ease – but if you’re unsure then it’s always best to contact the professionals.
Weak Signal or Weather
Sometimes, the problem with no signal is out of our control – Bad weather, lots of wind and clouds, storms and trees can all have an effect on the strength of the signal received. In these cases, you may notice that when it’s a particularly bad day outside and there is lots of interference from nature, your aerial will struggle to provide any signal at all. If this does happen then you can try using a signal booster to counteract this issue. Unfortunately though, sometimes you do just need to wait for the weather to clear up.
Replace the Aerial if it’s Damaged or Old
It’s important to regularly check your aerial and replace it if it’s damaged or old. An old aerial can reduce the quality of your television signal, and a damaged aerial can cause picture break-up and sound interference. If you live in an area with a weak signal, it’s especially important to have a good-quality aerial.
There are a few things to consider when choosing a new aerial. First, you need to decide whether you want an indoor or outdoor aerial. Indoor aerials are less expensive and easier to install, but they’re also more likely to be affected by interference from other electrical equipment. Outdoor aerials are more expensive and difficult to install, but they usually provide a better signal. You also need to choose the right aerial for your region. If you live in a rural area like Scotland with a weak signal, you’ll need a different aerial than if you live in an urban area with a strong signal. Once you’ve chosen the right aerial for your needs, it’s important to have it installed correctly.
A professional tv aerial installer will be able to make sure that your aerial is positioned correctly and that all the connections are secure. They’ll also be able to give you advice on how to get the best possible reception.
If All Else Fails, Call a Professional to Check and Repair your Aerial
Television aerials are a necessary part of any home that wishes to receive digital or analogue television channels. There are different types of aerial available on the market, however, the most commonly used are the loft or wall-mounted options. If you are experiencing poor picture quality or no signal at all, and you’re struggling to fix the problem yourself then it’s probably time to contact the professionals, such as ourselves! Get in touch with us today for a free quote or more information and one of our team will get back to you.