Common Turntable Faults And How to Repair Them

Turntable Repair

Music is part of our everyday life. We strive to listen to music from our favourite musicians and we mostly want to listen to their songs over and over again. Or if you walk into a store and hear a song that catches your attention, you would feel the urge to get the song so that you can listen to it in the solitude of your home.

This is where turntables come in as they are that circular revolving plate supporting a record as it plays and a very important part of your record player.

Record players and turntables were popular in the past as most popular songs did use this audio music playback technology. Therefore if you do have a record player, with time, the turntable might get faulty and break down. The fact that your Turntable breaks down should not mean the end of its life as you can take it to the Turntable Repair Service for its full repair.

But not all Fault needs to be taken to the Repairer as what is affecting the turntable might be something you can easily repair yourself without taking it to the Turntable Repairer.

Continue Reading as we tell you how to troubleshoot your turntables and repair common faults all by yourself. 

5 Common Faults Of Turntables And How To Repair It By Yourself

  1. Residue On The Needle Tip

If the sound does not play despite it being connected well, it might be due to the Turntable needle having accumulated dirt over time, this can be resolved by cleaning it with a record player cleaning solution.

But if the Needle has not been cleaned for years, then you should replace the needle with a new one. So as to prevent such from happening again, learn to clean it at least once a week.

  1. Stretched Or Broken Belt

One of the thorny faults to a turntable is when the belt snaps and it breaks. If you notice the turntable does not spin and play despite the fact that the record player is on, then it is highly likely that the belt is stretched or broken and needs to be replaced.

To be sure of the problem, you might need to check it out by yourself, this can be done by removing the dust cover and platter mat, and rotating the platter so that you can have access to the pulley through the Access hole.

Use a screwdriver to lift the belt off the motor pulley, and remove the platter. If you need any fastener, do use a screwdriver to slide up the fastener clip. After doing that, you can now lift the platter and remove the belt. 

Do check the belt if it is only slightly loose or if it is stretched or broken. If it is slightly close, just apply some rubber revitalizer, clean the platter rim and pulley and fix it back.

But if the belt is stretched or broken, you would need to replace it with a new one taking note that you get the same size.

In other cases, the belt might actually be ok and the problem might just be as a result of a faulty motor or defect in speed controls. If that is the case, then you should take it to a Turntable Repair Service. You can have your turntable restored back to good health in no time.

  1. Bent Needle

The needle still remains one of the most fragile parts of the turntable, therefore any little external force can get it bent.

If the Needle is bent, then you would need to fix it before playing any record. Otherwise, the needle can easily damage the record plate causing substantial damage.

You can fix it by simply replacing it.

  1. Bouncing

There are instances where the needle of the turntable starts bouncing along with the record. When this happens, it would affect the sounds coming out of the record and can even damage the record.

If this happens, then you should take it to the Turntable Repair Service for extensive Repairs.

  1. Scratchy Sound

If your Turntable is giving out scratchy and erratic sounds.  Do check the wire connectors of the cartridge as the clip-on connectors might be loose.

Remove the stylus, lose the locking band around the cartridge headshell and remove it from the tonearm. Take note of how the wires are connected to the cartridge before removing each one.

Having done that, clean the metal contacts on the cartridge before reattaching the connectors. Once they are reattached, make sure they are firm, insert the needle back and reassemble the torn arm. Then your turntable will be back to giving you the quality sound you desire.

Turntables give out quality sound and just because of a little fault, you don’t need to abandon your record player, check it out and repair it yourself. And if you can’t, reach out to Top Turntable Repair Service.

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