How Much Does It Cost to Repair or Service A TV Antenna?
Most homeowners spend between $140 to $238 nationally.
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Winding down in front of the television is supposed to be relaxing, so it's frustrating when fuzzy reception prevents you from making the most of your free time. The problem is likely to be an issue with the antenna. Hiring a professional is the best option for a speedy resolution, but you need a good idea of what the job is going to cost if you intend to shop around for the best quotes.
National Repair a TV Antenna Costs
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|National Average Cost||$204|
|Average Range||$140 to $238|
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Table of Contents
- Antenna Repair Cost
- How Do You Know It's The TV Antenna?
- Common TV Antenna Issues
- DIY Or Hire A Pro?
- TV Antenna Repair Troubleshooting
- Antenna Replacement
- Find A Pro
Antenna Repair Cost
Antenna repairs range in complexity from replacing damaged or broken components and cables to completely replacing the antenna. The cost of hiring a professional to complete the work usually ranges from $109 to $286 (and averages $183). This includes the cost of labor and materials. Very simple repairs cost around $50, but for bigger jobs that may include replacing the antenna, the price rises to $400 or more.
You may want to complete the repair yourself. This significantly reduces the antenna repair cost, as the only expense is your time, the purchase of any tools you need and replacement components or a new antenna. However, climbing onto your roof and working with electrical components is risky, so it's usually best to hire an electrical pro.
How Do You Know It's The TV Antenna?
If you’re watching television and your picture starts to break up or the screen goes blank intermittently, then you may have an issue with your antenna. Unfortunately, diagnosing a specific fault with an antenna is not always easy. In some cases, what appears to be an antenna fault may be an issue with the television, your home theater cabling or poor reception.
Before calling a professional, check all of your televisions. If the problem only shows up on one, then the issue is likely that television or the connected cables. Check that all of your cables are properly connected and there are no damaged wires. Try swapping out cables if you have spares to see if the picture quality improves. You may need to purchase a new television.
Be aware that bad weather may affect reception. If you notice reception problems during a storm, wait until the weather improves before organizing a repair. Better weather may resolve the issue.
Common TV Antenna Issues
Sometimes, TV antenna problems are immediately apparent from a visual examination, but they are frequently much more difficult to diagnose, and accurate troubleshooting requires the assistance of a professional. Some of the most common problems are:
- Broken or bent antenna from high winds or exposure to the elements
- Broken or touching elements due to age and bad weather
- Corrosion or general wear on cable fittings
- Incorrect location for optimal reception
- Insufficient antenna power for optimal reception
DIY Or Hire A Pro?
DIY enthusiasts may relish the challenge of repairing a TV antenna, but it's much better to hire a contractor in most cases. The most obvious reason not to attempt the repair yourself is the necessity to climb onto the roof. This poses a serious risk to your safety, especially if you are trying to use power tools or are working in poor weather conditions. Furthermore, troubleshooting an antenna is not easy. Some problems may seem obvious, but if there are no immediate signs of damage on the antenna itself, then the fault may lie in some of the cabling running through your house. Tracking down the issue may become a time-consuming process, and you may still end up requiring a professional's skills.
TV Antenna Repair Troubleshooting
In some cases, what may appear to be a problem with the antenna is just an insufficient signal. It is possible to improve your reception by upgrading your cables or purchasing an amplifier. Such enhancements are relatively simple and cost around $100 to $200. To improve signal reception, work through the following steps:
- Check all of your home theater cabling. Replace any cables that are low quality and have thin shielding, kinks or noticeable breaks in the protective sheath.
- Ensure your radio frequency (RF) cable connection is tight and free of corrosion. Replace if necessary.
- Install a signal booster between your antenna and the TV. Boosters are available online and from electronics stores. These can strengthen the signal with the flick of a switch.
- Adjust your antenna. Height is important for good reception, so try to position the antenna as high up on your property as possible. Some antennas are omnidirectional and receive transmission in all directions, but others only receive signals from one direction and must point towards the nearest broadcasting tower. For safety purposes, hire a professional rather than adjusting the antenna yourself.
If your original antenna has suffered significant damage, then you may need to install a new antenna. Your contractor can recommend the right kind of antenna for your location and budget. For example, if there are broadcast towers in several locations near your property, the best choice is an omnidirectional antenna, but if there are multiple towers more than 50 miles away, then a directional antenna with a remote-control to adjust the direction is usually a better option. Antennas are available online, at hardware and electrical stores or direct from the manufacturer, and some of the most popular brands include Antennas Direct, Audiovox and Channel Master.
Find A Pro
Attempting an antenna repair yourself is a way of cutting your home maintenance bills, but involves considerable risk to your safety, and doesn't guarantee a satisfactory repair. Unless you are confident in your abilities, use our free lead generator to connect with a local professional to get the job done correctly.
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Last updated on Feb 10, 2017