Are you experiencing any of the common TV aerial problems? We have some useful tips for you.

Common TV Aerial Problems

Common TV Aerial Problems


Here are some of the common TV aerial problems:


  • Ghosting. This happens when a double image appears on your screen. This usually happens when your TV signal is reflected from a large building in your area. You are basically getting both the direct normal signal and the reflected signal, causing a ghostly image. Changing the direction in which your aerial is facing should resolve the problem. Otherwise, you may need to get a new aerial.
  • Weak TV signal. This is perhaps the most common of TV aerial problems. You may be located too far from the TV station, or there may be a hill in between you and the station that is blocking the signal. You may look getting a new TV aerial installation done at a higher aerial, or use a booster to get a stronger signal. A weak TV signal can also be caused by a lead that’s broken or disconnected or your aerial may just be facing the wrong direction or badly positioned. Check this out first before going out and installing a new TV aerial.
  • Electrical interference. Some of your home appliances may be causing interference that weakens your reception. Some small appliances, such as vacuum cleaners and razors, are easier to detect when they cause interference as they are turned on. Others that are a little harder to track down, such as your central heating thermostats or your freezer. Try switching each of your electrical appliances off and on one at a time to find out which one is causing the problem.


Below are some common causes of poor reception and common TV aerial problems:


  • Cable deterioration. A damaged cable is a common cause of bad TV reception or pixelation. The jacket of your cable wears away over time. Check to make sure the cables – both inside and outside the home – are intact. Water and other contaminants can cause problems, especially during the rainy season and if the damage is in the part of the cable that is located outside your home. An installation that is more than 10 years old will probably have worn out cables.
  • The aerial. The aerial itself could be causing your bad reception. If it is old, it may be corroded and parts of it could be missing, causing poor performance. Is the antenna situated in the optimal location? There may be trees covering it, or perhaps new buildings have arisen since you had it installed. This can cause the blockage of the reception. The aerial must also face the right direction. If your aerial is not digital ready, it may need to get upgraded to function properly.
  • Aerial outlet. The aerial outlet inside your home can become loose over time. This can cause reception trouble. The outlet may also not be connected properly to the cable that runs outside to the aerial. If the insulation was not fully removed, it will not work properly.
  • Fly lead. The fly lead is what connects the aerial outlet to your TV. It one of the most easy-to-fix common TV aerial problems. Fly leads can get bumped, broken or bent near the plug fitting. If you think it is broken, try using another one that you know is working okay.


Get professional help on any of the common TV aerial problems by calling MediaComs today.

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