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As a staple in most homes, a TV is an endless source of entertainment. TVs have become the focal point of many living rooms as families gather around to watch their favorite movie or TV show. With so many options available in TV styles, many are opting for home theaters where they can truly relax and enjoy.
When a TV isn’t working properly, it can be frustrating to say the least. Finding the cause of the problem is sometimes the most difficult part. To help, here’s a guide to the most common TV problems and how to fix them, so you can get back to your favorite shows in no time!
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Costs To Repair A TV
Since its invention in the 1920s, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that 97% of homes in America have at least one television. Though, due to new technologies, that number is dropping as people favor other screens. Nevertheless, TVs are an important part of the home and when it’s not working properly, it can cause frustration for all. The average cost to repair a TV is between $105 and $344, depending on the problem.
Every TV is different. With smart TV technology taking center stage, it's easier to diagnose and even fix common TV problems. Always check with your TV manufacturer to see if there are any solutions they provide within the system.
1. Lines In The Picture
A distorted TV picture can means a poor viewing experience and a strain on your eyes. There can be various reasons that lines show up in your picture. A spider-like appearance may mean the glass is cracked. Some appear on certain channels while some are permanent.
If the cause is due to a broken screen, you’ll need to get the glass replaced. Often, this type of damage happens during a move into a new home. It’s very important to protect your electronics when moving from any damage and if you’re using a moving company, make them aware of the issue.
For vertical or horizontal lines in the TV, most systems have a picture test function that can help reset the picture or diagnose the problem so you can call for a repair. If the lines only appear on certain channels, you may want to try adjusting your input cord to see if that fixes the problem.
2. Discoloration In The Picture
Similarly to lines in your TV screen, discoloration is a common problem to have. You may see colors begin to fade or one color simply show as another. Sometimes, you may see this start on a certain area of the screen before it goes elsewhere.
Start by checking the area. You may be surprised to learn that older TVs are impacted by the magnetic field from speakers that are within two feet. You’ll need to remove them from the area and contact a pro who can help restore your picture.
You might also want to run a picture test to see if the TV can self-diagnose. For older TVs, discoloration is a sign that it’s time to get a replacement. If you’re ready for a new TV, read How To Select The Best TV For Your Home.
3. Internet Will Not Connect
Newer TV models and smart TVs often have a feature connecting to your wireless Internet. This gives you access to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streaming services where you can watch all your favorite shows. However, sometimes the feature doesn’t work properly. If you’ve installed a new TV, changed your Internet provider or simply had a power outage, your TV might have trouble connecting.
A TV is an investment; that’s why it’s so important that every feature works, especially the Internet. Diagnosing the cause of this problem, however, can be tricky. If your TV has a troubleshooting test, run that first to see if it does the trick. You could also reset your Internet router to see if that helps resolve the issue.
If the problem persists, it's best to contact your TV manufacturer.
4. TV Will Not Receive Digital Channels
In 2009, the U.S. transitioned from analog TV broadcasting to digital, leaving some TVs without their basic cable channels if they used an antenna. While most TVs are made to receive digital channels, some are not and require the assistance of an antenna with a converter box. Digital broadcasting often results in a better picture, however, if you have to reset your TV or inherit an older TV that does not receive digital channels, you may need to do some problem-solving.
Keep in mind, most TVs produced after 2009 are capable of receiving digital channels with an antenna, without the assistance of a converter box. The first step is to check to see when your TV was made. If it was prior to 2009, you may need a converter box.
If you do have a TV that’s capable of receiving digital channels, do a scan to see what channels it can pick up. Check your input to ensure the antenna cables are in the right place. You should also check to see what channels you get in your area with an antenna. Some areas get less channels than others. AntennaWeb.org is a great resource to see what stations can be received in your area.
However, if you’re certain you should be getting more channels, you should contact your cable company.
5. TV Has Sound But No Picture
Not only is it frustrating, but a TV that has no picture on the screen and playing sound is confusing. This can happen to TVs old and new and will need to be fixed right away.
As simple as it seems, unplugging your TV for a significant amount of time can restore it once you’re ready to turn it back on. Check that all cords going into the inputs are secure and the TV is set to the right input.
When it comes to TV picture, it’s always best to contact a pro. If none of the above solutions worked, it’s likely the TV backlight is the cause. A TV repair pro can tell you exactly what you’ll need to get your TV back to its original picture.
A broken TV is always an inconvenience. However, it rarely means you need a new TV. A simple fix could be the key to solving your TV repair problems.
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