How to Keep Snow Off Your Satellite Dish in Two Quick Steps

Ever wondered why satellite are so popular and why their popularity keeps increasing?

That’s because they are better, and in most cases cheaper, than cable TV. An installed satellite dish is aimed precisely at receiving signals superbly from a transponder.

Although a satellite dish generally has exceptional signal reception, it’s normally affected negatively by some weather conditions. The harshest time of the year for a satellite dish is during winter. When snow collects on the dish, it blocks the signal. Sometimes, the snow’s weight even shifts the satellite dish from its position, making channel reception very difficult.

I am going to walk you through a super-quick, 2-step process that will help you keep that snow off your dish so you can keep enjoying flawless TV. Here are the steps to follow:

i.The climb. Set up a ladder to help you access the dish. Ensure the ladder is robust enough to hold your weight. You don’t want to fall, do you?

ii.The clean-up. Using a damp washcloth, wipe the dish clean. Then, spray the entire satellite dish with your regular cooking oil. The idea is to create a slippery barrier that is snow- and rain-proof.

How to Take Care of Your Satellite Dish for Long Lasting and Great Communication

The most important way of taking care of your satellite dish is to clean it regularly; this helps improve the signal reception remarkably. That is why we shall start by outlining a cleaning strategy. Right after that, I will give you a few more tips on optimizing the performance of your satellite dish.

Step I

Power off the receiver.

Step II

Is your dish situated on the roof? If so, you might need a ladder to reach it.

Position the ladder securely on the ground, a few meters away from the house, with its top part leaning on the roof. Do not make it totally parallel with your house as that might cause you to fall backward.

Step III

Once you get to the roof and you’re able to access the dish, wipe both the LBN (low noise block) and the dish using a piece of cloth. Make sure the cloth you’re using is clean and dry.

By the way, the LBN refers to the component with a rectangular shape and a round clear plastic pointing toward the dish.

Depending on what season we might be in, leaves falling from nearby trees might land and accumulate in the dish. If there some, remove them by hand and wipe off any debris they might have left.

Now, let’s go over a few helpful tips on optimizing your satellite dish for durability and flawless communication.

1.Pointing the Dish

The manner in which you point the dish is very critical as it defines how your dish will work. If you’re off by just an 1/8-inch, signal reception might be bad, particularly during unfavorable conditions like rains and snowing. These tips will help you do it correctly:

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    Adjust the dish very slightly – don’t move the dish so much when making adjustments as that might cause getting the best signal a hard thing to pull off.
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    Employ a compass to point the dish properly.
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    Make sure that the upper part of the dish mast is completely vertical – a bubble level will help you do the verification.

2.Resetting the Systems

When you reset the system, you can resolve majority of the problems your satellite might be experiencing. Holding down the receiver’s power button for several seconds is one way of resetting the system. Unplugging the unit from the socket is another way of doing it. This might be very easy but it’s also very effective.

3.Cleaning the Satellite System

You have got to ensure that all the electronic parts of the system stay clean. With regards to cleaning the system, keep in mind that dust is the worst enemy of electronics.

A can of air duster specifically meant for electronic items will be very handy for blowing out the dust.

Use the duster to blow the satellite receiver regularly, maybe once per month; more frequently if you live in areas that have lots of dust. But, before using the can to blow out the dust, unplug the receiver and wait for at least 30 seconds.

After blowing it, wipe off the dish gently with a clean piece of cloth. Take care not to damage the dish in any way. Also, don’t use cleaning agents.

It’s okay to clean your dish but don’t try servicing any of the satellite’s equipment unless you’re okay with voiding the warranty.

4.Protection Against Surge

Don’t attempt running the TV without installing a surge protector. I recommend getting a great one that comes with inputs for the telephone jack and the coax cable.

Then again, remember to give protection to the antenna inputs going into the receiver.

Some people believe that they can get along just fine without surge protection but sooner or later, it comes back to haunt them, costing them money that the warranty does not cover.

5.Location of the receiver

You need to think carefully about where to put your DVR receiver. Ensure that the location provides stability without the risk of the receiver getting wet or knocked off. FYI, newer receivers have hard drives within them, and these hard drives need careful handling.

Don’t position the receiver over or beneath other electronic goods.

Don’t place the receiver in a place that is too cold (under 40 °F). That’s because when it becomes warmer, little water droplets might be formed inside, damaging the receiver’s electronic components. In case the receiver grows too cold, unplug it and let it sit for around 40 minutes before turning it back on.

And, whenever you want to move the receiver, unplug it and wait for around 30 seconds prior to moving it.


Similar to a computer, a receiver has fans for the maintenance of optimal temperature levels. Therefore, ensure that the place where you put the receiver provides enough air for good ventilation.

Final Word

During winter, snowing seems almost ceaseless depending on where you live. Therefore, it’d be advisable to check the dish from time to time, and when you notice the oil barrier is wearing off, do another application. Sometimes you might have to apply more oil, based on the intensity of the snow.

Richard B. Torres

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