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We all know what a pain a problem with our telephone lines can be. Most Americans can’t stand to be away from telephone communication technology for more than a few minutes. That’s why it’s important to be able to fix your telephone service when it’s down as quickly as possible. Otherwise, sometimes it takes weeks for a telephone service specialist to make his way to your house to make the needed repairs. Here are some ways you can fix your telephone system on your own.

· Your phone service doesn’t have dial tone. Check all the phones on that line. Is there one off the hook? Also, check the telephone cords. The modular plugs might be dirty or broken. Clean it or replace the plug. There also might be a short in one of the telephone lines. Look inside the jack and see if there’s a bare wire touching the cord.
· The ringer doesn’t ring when there’s a call. You may have a bad bell. Check to see if the clapper on the bell needs repaired. You may need to replace the bell. The other possible problem is that the jack on the phone is bad. You may need to replace it.
· The person who calls you can’t hear you at all. This means you have a problem with either your microphone or your transmitter. Check your microphone and have it replaced. Sometimes microphones can be expensive, and it may be better worth your trouble just to get a new phone. Clean the transmitter on your phone by taking apart the mouthpiece cover and clean it with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.
· You can’t dial. Check your pulse/tone switch. Be sure it’s set appropriately for your phone. Your keypad might be dirty or bad. Take apart the face of your phone and clean the keypad. If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace the keypad.
· You can’t hear from the handset. The cord to the handset might not be plugged in correctly. Make sure it’s secure. The cord may also be bad and need to be replaced. The other possibility is that the receiver needs to be cleaned. Take apart the earpiece and clean the contacts with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. If none of these procedures fixes the problem, you may need to get a new receiver.