If you have an exterior tv aerial, your aerial is likely to have undergone some damage after the storm. However, there are a few things that you can check yourself before calling in some help to fix the problem.
Check All Your TV’s
It is a good idea if you notice that one of your TV’s aren’t working to check them all. By doing this you can determine whether it is actually your aerial or your TV who is the culprit in this scenario.
Lightning can affect your TV too so it is likely that only one of your TVs has suffered a hit and that your aerial is perfectly fine.
If you find that multiple TV’s in your home are just losing signal it could be that your aerial has come out of alignment rather than damaged. However, if you aren’t receiving any reception on any of your TV’s it is probably more likely that the antenna system itself has been damaged.
If there was lightning nearby your aerial could have been a victim to amplifier damage. Close lightning strikes can in fact fry the components in mastheads – power spikes can also damage your amplifier too. If you happen to have an amplifier in your TV cabling system and you find that all your TV’s have stopped working after the storm you should have suspicions that it is your TV’s amplifier that is the cause.
Some older properties still use older antennas which have a balun – which can also be fried by lightning. The balun is the coil that connects the antenna to the cable which runs inside your home. These only tend to fry when there are very close lightning strikes. In some cases the balun can be replaced if the antenna is in good condition, however, you may want to look for a replacement just in case.
Wind, Hail & Rain
It’s good to remember, if you can see physical damage to your antenna, the likelihood that you need to replace it is high. So rather than shelling out for components to keep your current antenna going, it is worth just getting a new one altogether.
Again, older antennas may have a problem with the balun with water getting into it or other parts of the antenna which can stop the aerial from working. This can sometimes be tricky to identify but important that you do replace due to added corrosion of the internal parts.
To save you time and money we always recommend replacing your aerial if it does become damaged in stormy weather – however, we will always do our best to fix the problem if it is possible.