Does your cable TV static often refuse to work? If yes, what do you think is the problem? Well, a lot of things such as faulty cables, weak signal, problems from other electrical devices and problems from the providers can affect it. How can you fix this problem and keep enjoying TV programs? In this article, you will learn how to fix a cable TV Static. Keep reading to learn more.
How Do I Fix Cable TV Static?
- Whenever the problem occurs, check other channels for static. For people who have only static on one or two channels, find out if there is a problem with the incoming signal from the cable company. However, if you have other TVs in the house, check them for static. If all of your televisions are getting the same static-filled picture, then the incoming cable signal may be the cause. Verify from your cable provider to know what the problem is.
- Also, switch off other electronic devices. For people living in a house with old wiring, the problem may be coming from other electrical devices such as vacuums and blenders. Take some time to check out devices with speakers and the ones transmitting a wireless signal.
- Go and cross-check all connections like – the wall jack, the back of the TV, or any connected cable boxes, DVRs, DVDs, Blu-ray players, and home theater systems. Tighten the cable of all loose connections. Please note that quality coaxial cables have a threaded connector that you can tighten with a pair of pliers. For cables with low-quality “push on” cable connectors, swap them for heavy-duty cables with threaded connectors.
- Further, take the coaxial cables away from other cables. You can make use of twist ties, tape, or cable ties to implement a cable-management system. Also, you can try a different cable if the one you have is faulty.
- You can as well purchase and install an inline cable amplifier. Weak signals often cause more static. Your signal can become weak if you have many TVs split off the same cable signal or if you live in a remote area.
- But if after trying every step above, nothing happened, book an appointment with an engineer to find the problem and fix it. Certain cable providers may charge you for this service based on your subscription.
How to Fix a Dead Cable TV Wall Socket
Take the following steps to fix a dead cable TV wall socket:
- Start by removing the faceplate of the outlet. Proceed to unscrew the two screws securing the plate to the wall and pull the faceplate off. Carefully check the cable feeding into the back of the outlet. In case the cable is loose or disconnected, attach it again and make it tight.
- Also, check the source cables. Usually, the primary coaxial cable leading into the house is branched out to feed the outlets in your house. The cable is often fed from outside the house into the basement or crawlspace of your home and split using a cable splitter. Ensure that you carefully check the connections of all of the cables branching off of the primary cable. Connect any disconnected cable to sort this out.
- Note that it is only when you subscribe to cable TV services that you can enjoy cable TV. If you did not subscribe, don’t expect any service.
How to Repair Banding Problems on Sharp TVs
Before discussing this, let’s get to know what banding is all about in TVs. “Banding” is a unique kind of picture quality problem that can be experienced by any TV. There are vertical and horizontal bands. Any of them can appear on the screen. When it appears, it means that there’s a problem in, a cable service outage, a loose physical connection or some other technical problems. Whenever this occurs, seek the support of the technical department of your cable provider. They will gladly help you out.
However, you can do some easy troubleshooting at home to handle it. Take the steps below to help yourself out.
- Unplug the TV from its power cord for 30 seconds and plugging it back in. Power the TV back on and check the picture for any improvements. Do you know that this solves a lot of the most basic picture quality problems a TV may have?
- Also, you can unscrew the coaxial cable that attaches your wall cable outlet to the coaxial input on either the TV or any digital cable box you may use with the TV. Find out if the copper needle running through the middle is bending, dirty, or damaged. You can correct minor bends with your hand. However, for dirty and too bent needles, you need to replace them. Always screw the cable properly into the coaxial input until it is tight.
- Secure the audio/video cables that attach the source device you are trying to watch to the TV. If you are watching a DVD player connected to the Sharp TV via RCA cables, for example, unplug the yellow RCA video cable on both the DVD player and the TV and check for damages. Replace damaged cables and plug the RCA cables back in and check for improvements.
- Go ahead to properly scan all the channel lineup and all of your TV’s video inputs to know the extent of the damage. Check out if the banding affected only some small amount of channels. Check the same channel or channels on the other TVs in your home. If the other ones have the same problem, it means that it could be a broadcast outage. Contact cable provider immediately. However, if all the channels and video inputs on the TV have the same banding problem, service or replace the TV.