How to Repair a Phone that Stopped Working
How to Repair a Telephone that Stopped Working: What to Check to Get Your Telephone Working, Telephone Problems and How to Fix Them.
Telephone Problems and How to Fix Them
Electrical Question: Our phone suddenly quit working because of the wiring to the phone jack.
- I have my home phone service which is bundled with my TV and modem.
- Our phone suddenly quit working and the service company told me it’s because the electrical wiring to the phone jack in the house is bad and that an electrician would have to replace it.
- In everything I’ve read, the phone provider is responsible for the phone electricity.
- Do I need to get an electrician to do this work? My husband is very handy and has installed fans, outlets, etc in our house.
- Is it possible that he could also repair this phone jack outlet?
This home electrical question came from Colleen, in Bradenton, Florida.
Thanks for your electric wiring question Colleen.
How to Repair a Telephone that Stopped Working
Application: Wiring for a Telephone.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a Certified Electrician or Telephone Technician.
Tools Required: Basic Straight Slot and Philips Screw Drivers, wire strippers for 20 to 24 gauge wire.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools and small phone wires.
Precaution: If installing or relocating additional telephone wiring, or replacing a phone jack the main phone cable or the Test Jack should be disconnected before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional telephone cable wiring and replacement parts should be done using approved phone cable and phone jacks that are approved and compatible with the local telephone company system specifications.
Procedure for Repairing a Telephone that Stopped Working
- What to do When Your Phone is Dead
- Our telephone service can stop working if a phone jack or the telephone wiring has a problem.
- New telephone service plans may not cover the repair of the telephone wiring when it goes bad, so you are left with a few options.
- You can either replace the phone jack or repair the wiring problem yourself, or you can call an electrician or a telephone repair technician who will take car of the repairs.
What to Check to Get Your Telephone Working
- Telephone wires are small and can become damaged, the first thing that should be checked is the phone cord from the phone jack to the telephone.
- Make sure that the phone cord is plugged in fully at each end.
- If the phone cord appears to be damaged or worn out then the phone cord should be replaced.
- If you have a wireless phone then the phone has a separate power supply that plugs into a wall outlet.
- If the telephone power supply is unplugged at one end, or the wall outlet is controlled by a wall switch then the loss of power will cause the telephone not to work.
- If the phone jack has been found to be damaged then it will need to be replaced.
- When to Find Telephone Parts
- Most all of the components needed to repair a telephone can be found at your local electronics or hardware store.
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