How to Get Rid of Old Satellites & Receivers

Updated February 21, 2017

If it's time to upgrade your satellite television equipment or if you no longer need your satellite gear, there are several options for getting rid of the dish and receiver. You may take down the dish yourself instead of hiring a professional to remove it. The receiver can be disconnected in less than a minute.

Position the ladder as close as possible to the satellite dish an recruit a friend to hold the ladder steady while you climb.

Loosen and detach the cable or cables from the rear panel of the dish using pliers.

Extract the four bolts holding the dish bracket to the building, using a screwdriver or hex-nut driver, depending on the type of bolt. The dish can now be removed.

Unplug the power cord from the satellite receiver and disconnect the audio-video cables from the back panel.

Donate the equipment to a charity of your choice or place an online advertisement on any classified ad website offering the satellite receiver and dish at no cost to anyone who wishes to pick up the equipment. Other environmentally-friendly options are linked in the Resources section. You can also try to sell the used equipment. You may get a better price if the dish and receiver still work with local satellite subscription services, come with all necessary connecting cables and include the remote control for the receiver.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Pliers
  • Screwdrivers or hex nut drivers
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About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.