How to Prevent Static Interference in a TV
By Nina Nixon
Static interference on your TV can inhibit picture quality, and prevent successful recording and playback of programs. Noise including lines, snow and other picture problems often require diagnostics and repair. A few straightforward tips will help you address static interference.
Set the TV away from windows where ignition noises from motorcycles, trucks and cars can interfere.
Move objects that are likely to cause static interference away from the TV. Plug hair dryers, vacuum cleaners, electric drill and microwaves in other rooms.
Verify that the antenna is securely attached to the TV. Install a stronger indoor antenna with a wider reception range.
Confirm that all externally attached video components, such as DVD and VCR players, are correctly and securely connected to the TV.
Check that the cable cord is securely connected to the TV, and that inside wall terminal leading leads to the outside wiring.
Adjust the sharpness level. Press the "Menu" button on the remote control, then use the up and down arrow buttons to highlight "Sharpness." Verify that at minimum, the sharpness level is set at the midway point within the range. Use the right arrow button and increase the sharpness level, if necessary.
Set video noise reduction if your TV has this setting available. Press the "Menu" button" on the remote control, then use the up and down arrows to highlight "Advanced Picture Settings." Press "OK." Select "Video Noise Reduction." Select "Minimum" to display a softer picture without losing sharpness and detail, or select "Medium" for an even softer picture. A "Maximum" setting may be available; however, this setting decreases the picture detail.
- Whenever you plan to relocate or purchase a new TV, plan for static interference free viewing ahead of time. Draft some layout ideas prior to the move.
- If you notice static interference, turn the station to another channel. Confirm that the problem is not related to just one broadcast station. If it is, contact your cable or satellite TV service for repair.
- Most TVs have similar sharpness and video noise reduction settings accessible through the picture menu. Please review your TV's owner's manual for exact steps that apply to your brand and model.
Nina Nixon has more than 30 years of professional writing experience. She enjoys writing about business and technology. Her articles have appeared on Chron, eHow Business & Personal Finance, Techwalla, and other digital content publishing websites.