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Easy Satellite Dish Removal

Easy Satellite Dish Removal

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Does the satellite dish from the previous tenant bother you?

Without the proper installation and removal agreements between tenants and their property owners, removing a satellite dish from a roof could turn into an argument.

So, whose responsibility is it? The satellite provider, property owner, property manager, or tenants?

The answer is in your rental contract. In most cases, the tenant will get rid of the satellite dishes himself.

Check out our article to know more about dish satellite removal, whether you should do it yourself, or opt for removal services.

Why are satellite dishes not removed?

A satellite dish is considered an owned appliance, much like a TV set, refrigerator, washer, etc.

A satellite service provider does not keep records of contractors or recycling centers that might want to take these dishes.

Only the receivers or client boxes are leased and sent back to DirecTV. You just need to unplug and ship them back with their free return program.

Any other hardware, including the antenna, wire, and cabling is customer-owned.

It works similarly as if you were to cancel your landline. They simply switch off the service without needing to take back the phone box and lines from you.

Sadly, most of these all end up in landfills.

Are satellite TV dishes recyclable?

The materials that compose a satellite TV dish are plastic, metal, and a circuit board.

When no longer in use, these are considered electronic wastes and are among the top contributors of trash in US landfills.

Most electronic businesses that sell mobile phones, tablets, and personal computers have a solution to improving this issue.

They allow anyone to return their products to their business centers to be recycled. You can also find local e-waste recyclers in your community.

But how about satellite TV dishes? The satellite TV business industry seems to be unsure about its disposal systems.
Some states like California do not regulate satellite TV parts as hazardous wastes, making it difficult for recyclers to work with them.

If you’re one with us in this concern, be keen on finding a recycling facility that will accept your appliance. You may also find DIY repurposing projects online.

Does DirecTV take their satellite dishes back?

Yes. It’s a great thing DirecTV now has a recycling program in partnership with Goodwill Denver’s Good Electronics program.

You can visit their recycling site, drop them off at any Best Buy, or mail-in services with United Parcel Service for a fee.

Can you remove satellite dishes?

Yes, most definitely.

In the later part, we’ll show you how you can exactly do it yourself. But for satisfaction guarantee, professional roofers or removal services can also be availed.

We do note that dish removal can be done on your own. But re-installation requires technical training and a high-end meter.

Don’t attempt to do this yourself, or else you won’t get service for a painfully long period of time.

How to do a DirecTV dish removal?

If you fancy yourself a handyman, you can definitely do a good job doing your own satellite dish removal.

DirecTV, Dish Network, or an internet service provider has no obligation to remove the appliance for you. If you want to save up on removal services, follow these simple instructions:

Step 1: Locate the Satellite Dish

If it is on the roof, like most cases, plant a ladder against your house’s side, making sure it holds up sturdy. Climb up and locate its two main parts: the dish assembly and the mounting bracket.

Step 2: Remove the Cable

The dish hook up is composed of cables connecting your dish to the inside of your home. Remove this connection before proceeding with the metal parts.

At the end of the satellite dish’s LNB arm, loosen and pull out the two small Phillips head screws.

With some DirecTV dishes, you’ll find this a breeze as they have a lever that can easily release the LNB when pulled down.

A plastic housing holds the cables in place. With an adjustable wrench, loosen these cables, cut any ties, and carefully pull the wires away from the dish.

Step 3: Remove the Dish

To remove the dish properly, you first have to unbolt the footplates.

Loosen the bolts and nuts connecting it to the mounting bracket with the necessary tools. For DirecTV, nuts are 1/2″, while for Dish Network, they are 7/16″.

Gently lift the dish from the mount as to not bend the reflector and its other parts that can still be recycled.

Step 4: Remove the Footplate

Since the plate is attached to the roof, removing this part is crucial. This is one reason why some prefer to keep it rather than remove the satellite dish to prevent roof damage.

Unscrew the bolts attaching the plate to the roof.

With a crowbar, lift the plate up as gently as possible. This will require some strength, which is difficult to control with caution.

Step 5: Fill in the Roof

As a result of the footplate removal, you might need to fill some holes with tar or silicone to prevent any experience with leaks.

Step 6: Re-installing the Dish

In case you will have a new dish installed, don’t mind filling the holes on your roof.

You can re-install a satellite dish at the same location. Just make sure the lag bolts can still be securely fastened, and the service available given the same conditions.

At this part, it would be best to contact a roofer, technician, or the satellite service provider to make sure you get a picture and stable signal. This, of course, comes with extra cost.


One of the concerns with new tenants and owners of properties is the removal of the existing satellite TV dish. First, make sure you discuss this with your property owner or manager in your rental contract.

If it is indeed your responsibility to have them removed, we hope the information we provided in this article will help you get the job done.

We also hope you consider recycling the appliance rather than disposing them to the landfills to help save the environment.

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