Test your antenna

A television antenna is designed to receive over the air broadcast signals to help you enjoy entertainment channels as well as keep up with current affairs without having to pay cable bills or charges for streaming services. The signals are uncompressed and give a high-quality output as compared to cable providers that give compressed signals. TV antennas can actually improve the quality of your image reception which is desirable if you are setting up a home theater system. TV antenna installation cost in Sydney can vary as they depend upon the weather conditions prevalent in your area as well as the type of antenna that you are getting installed. If you are living in a mountainous terrain or in an area with a lot of high buildings then it is better to get a roof mounted antenna so that the signals are not interrupted by such obstacles. These antennas can also be placed in attics where the surroundings are dry as it will increase the life of the antenna. There is also the option of an indoor antenna which is quite affordable and usually placed on top of the TV set. However, these have a low range and are better suited to rural areas. Other types of antennas include unidirectional ones that have a strong range in a certain direction and multidirectional that can pick up signals from different angles but provide lower picture quality as they can also pick up some distortion. Amplified ones are also available but the tv antenna installation cost is higher because they need connection to a power outlet. 

One of the main advantages of TV antennas over cable and satellite tv is that it gives you access to channels that are free and you don’t have to pay any subscription charges. It is a much more cost-effective option and also gives you access to local stations and news services that is more relevant to your area.  They also receive high definition signals and receive better picture quality as a result. However, the reception may be weak in remote areas and those that have difficult weather conditions. They are also more cumbersome to install especially the roof mounted antennas and you may face some problems adjusting them later on. It is always better to get a professional electrician to install the antenna as doing it yourself can be time consuming and difficult if you don’t know what you are doing. You may end up increasing the tv installation cost that you intended to avoid in the first place. The professionals know how to secure is properly so that it doesn’t get blown away by the winds. You are more likely to need fewer repairs as well if you hire an electrician as their installation is more likely to last.  

In some cases, it may be obvious that your antenna needs repair such as if it is bent or not receiving signals. However, there can be other subtle signs that will inform you that your antenna needs repair such as messages on the screen that inform you that it is searching for signals. If the service comes and goes then it is also a sign that something may be wrong. Certain channels may also become unavailable if there is a problem with your antenna. Before you call the professionals to help you with such symptoms, you can always do some testing yourself and see what the problem is. You may firstly want to carry out a visual inspection of the device to see if it has received ant damage. You don’t need to climb to your roof to inspect and can select a good vantage point from where you can see it clearly. Check the input area of the television set and see if it is still working; you can even plug it into another set to check the connection. If you have an older analogue signal then it won’t pick up digital signals and it is better for you to upgrade it to digital to get a better experience. Check the cord and cables of the TV to make sure that they are secure and haven’t deteriorated. If they look worn out or are corroded then they will be unable to transmit a proper signal. You should also tune the TV receiver properly and also check to see if it is the right mode.