How to Reset RCA Converter Box: A Step-by-Step Guide for Rescan Days

If you rely on an antenna to watch local channels on your TV, you may already know that many TV stations across the country are moving to new frequencies from now through 2020. The actual day and time your favorite stations change their frequency is called “rescan day.” This is when you’ll need to rescan your TV to continue watching local channels.

In this post, we’ll guide you through the process of rescanning your RCA converter box. Please note that this guide applies to TVs that rely on an antenna to get local channels, not those connected to a cable box or satellite service.

Step 1: Find Your Remote Control

To begin the process, find the remote control that you use to change your channels. Press the “Menu” button. This is how the menu looks on most TVs or converter boxes.

Step 2: Select Setup on the Menu

Select “Setup” on the menu. If you can’t find the option to rescan this way, check your owner’s manual for specific instructions. If you don’t have a copy of your owner’s manual handy, just search online. You should be able to find one for the manufacturer of your TV or converter box.

Step 3: Choose Antenna, Then Channel Scan or Auto Tune

Choose “Antenna,” then “Channel Scan” or “Auto Tune.” Your TV will automatically rescan the available signal so all your channels tune in again. Once the rescan starts, it might take a minute or two to complete. If the rescan doesn’t work the first time, simply try again.

It’s important to note that the TV stations in your town will most likely have different rescan days. Until all your favorite stations change frequencies, you’ll have to rescan more than once. You don’t have to rescan until these changes take place, by the way.

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In conclusion, we hope this guide has helped you understand how to reset your RCA converter box and rescan your TV. For more information, visit Plan to rescan and you’ll continue to enjoy all your favorite local channels.