There is nothing more frustrating than watching your favourite television show, only for the picture to start freezing. There are a number of reasons that this happens, such as cable issues or just poor signal caused by adverse weather. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to find out what the problem is and even fix it!
Here’s what you need to know about what to do if your TV picture freezes:
What Can Cause Picture Disturbance?
If your picture is consistently freezing, you could have a hardware issue in your TV setup. In that case, the solution is to check your plugs and connections to see if they are loose or damaged. If you notice your picture breaking up whenever you switch on a certain light or turn on an electrical device like a washing machine, it could be electrical interference caused by the aerial connection being too close to the electrical mains.
Wind, rain and snow can also disturb aerials and signals, giving you TV issues whenever there are bad weather conditions. There may even be a low signal in your area, which is causing TV issues. Whatever the reason, there are a number of solutions to try before you ring the manufacturer.
How to Fix Your TV
Check the Signal
A weak signal is a common cause of a freezing screen. Your TV will likely have an on-screen signal strength metre, so use this to see how good your TV signal strength is. If the signal is weak, but you’re in a good Freeview area (you can check the signal strength of your area online), that signals an aerial issue.
Ask Your Neighbours
If you want to get an accurate picture of the problem, it may be worth asking your neighbours if they experience similar issues. If they do, then the problem could be with the local transmitter, the weather or signal in your area. If not, then it is likely a problem with your own aerial or cabling.
Check the Connection
The issue could be with the cables on your TV. If they are not correctly connected, they can cause problems with the picture. Unplug your TV cables for about 30 seconds, plug them back in, and make sure they are fully inserted into the TV and your devices. Check to see if this fixed the issue.
Check the Aerial
The problem could be the aerial, so make sure yours isn’t damaged or misaligned. For optimal results, your aerial should be pointing directly at the digital transmitter. A professional aerial installer will be able to safety check your aerial and suggest any options for improvement to help prevent freezing screen in the future.
The TV picture can be affected by electrical interference. To remedy this, keep your aerial leads and connectors as far away from electrical mains as possible. Ensure your leads that connect your aerial to your receiver are of good quality and avoid aerial joins, connectors or unshielded aerial adaptors as these can cause a weak link in your setup.
Call the Manufacturer
If all your troubleshooting doesn’t yield results and you’ve checked your product manual for guidance, but nothing has worked, it may be time to call the TV manufacturer. They should be able to give you guidance and advice to help fix your issue.
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