How to Repair Signal Loss for a Dish Network TV

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How can I fix a problem that causes interference with with my TV reception? Problems with TV signal and How to Repair Them.

TV Signal Problems

Electrical Question: How can I fix a problem that causes interference with with my TV reception?
Our dish network signal is having problems especially when other things are running.

  • My TV signal gets interrupted when the well pump is running. I was told it might be the pump sending a signal through the power panel. This does not effect any other electrical  devices.
  • I am planning to install a small panel for the well pump, do you think this will fix the problem? or should I put in a switch that is powered for the satellite dish.
  • The problem happens when changing the TV channel which causes the dish to loose connection just long enough to stop the signal. Another thought is to put a filter on the line to the pump so the signal only flows from the panel and not back.
  • The pump is a 30amp 2 pole on a 100amp second electrical service in the basement from a 225 amp panel that is up stairs. We also loose signal when the furnace turns on but only once in a while.

This home electrical repairs question came from: Jim, in Ft. Lupton, Colorado.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical troubleshooting question Jim.

Problems with TV Signal and How to Repair Them

Power Surges and Signal Interruptions

  • Surge Suppression
    From what this question has described the best solution I would recommend is to install a surge suppression power strip which will condition the power and prevent power surges to the dish network receiver.
  • Power Surge from Electric Motor Start
    When electric motors first start this will cause a power surge which may be enough to cause the dish network receiver to drop the TV signal, and that would explain why this is happening when the well pump or furnace motor starts.

Power Conditioning for a Dish Network Receiver

  • Power Conditioning
    Installing a good quality surge suppression strip with power conditioning would help protect the satellite receiver against power spikes and power surges.

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