5 Common Problems With Satellite Dishes
From time to time, your TV signal can fluctuate depending on outside factors such as the weather or temporary obstacles on or in the line of your satellite dish. However, if you are experiencing prolonged issues with your satellite dish, it might be time to have this diagnosed to see if there is a fault with your sky dish installation. Most of the time any problems can be resolved in a matter of minutes and at a low cost depending on what is causing your sky dish to stop working properly.
Listed below are just 5 of the most common problems that customers tend to experience with sky satellite dishes:
1. Obstructions Blocking Your Signal
Often obstacles that block the line of your satellite dish can affect its performance, this can be something as small as a bird perching on your dish, or as big as a newly built building that is blocking the signal path to your aerial. In this instance, you will need to have your satellite dish realigned. For best results, it is advisable that this re-alignment is to be carried out by a professional. In every instance, a signal meter must be used to ensure that the optimum signal is reaching the satellite dish.
2. Dish Out Of Alignment
If you have significant bad weather such as strong gusts of wind or very stormy conditions, then a satellite dish can slip out of alignment over time. As satellite dishes get older their parts such as the bolts used to secure the alignment of the satellite dish can become loose and a strong gust of wind can change the direction of the satellite dish. Even if only slight, this change in angle can cause the signal to your satellite dish to become weaker and you are less likely to pick up a quality picture on your satellite TV.
3. Fault Cables
Satellite dish cables can become weathered over time; most newer cables are heavily insulated to extend their longevity however this doesn’t make them invincible. Over time, cables will become worn and connections may break, which will cause you to lose signal. A standard free diagnostics check would be a good starting point to finding the source of the problem, and from there the cable can be repaired or replaced quickly and your signal will be restored.
4. Interfering Insects
It may come as a surprise to learn that insects love to climb inside parts of your satellite dish. Spiders and ants in particular love to build nests inside the LNB feed horn. In this instance, if your signal is being affected sporadically without their being a logical explanation for this, it is always best to remove the plastic cover from the LNB and have a quick check. If there are insects inside your LNB then we suggest that the insects be removed, either by yourself or a pest control expert and then a new LNB be can be fitted to restore your satellite signal.
5. Electrical Interference
In an ever developing digital age it is unsurprising to find that other electrical devices such as radios, and even external radar detectors can cause interference to occur. If on your property, we suggest that these items be switched off or moved if they are significantly affecting the quality of your TV signal. In some cases, interference can even be brought on by HDMI cables behind the back of your satellite TV, as these are not screened and so need to be kept away from other cables bundled behind your TV. To alleviate any issues with HDMI interference, we suggest swapping your HDMI cable for a SCART if the problem persists.
We hope you enjoyed reading our countdown of the top 5 common problems experienced with satellite dishes, be sure to check our blog regularly for newly added content and more topical discussion about satellite dishes and TV aerials.