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Troubleshooting Your Service

Telephone Service

If your telephone does not work, try these steps first.
  1. If you are using a cordless telephone or some other type of phone which requires an external power supply, double check to make sure it is plugged into an AC power outlet. If it is plugged into a power strip, check that the power strip is also plugged in and turned on.
  2. If you are using a cordless telephone, make sure that your telephone receiver is fully charged.
  3. Double check to make sure your telephone cable is not cut or torn, and that it is properly connected to both the telephone jack on the wall and to the telephone plug on your telephone.
  4. Make sure your telephone cord is connected to a standard telephone jack, and not into a (much wider) Ethernet jack in the wall plate.

If all of the above items check out, and your telephone still is notworking, take a working telephone and cable, and plug them into the jack normally used by the non-working telephone.

  1. If the new telephone and cord do not work, call the Help Desk at 8700 to report that there is a problem with your telephone line.
  2. If the new telephone and cord work correctly, attach the new telephone to the original cord, and then plug the original cord into the jack.
    1. If the connection does not work, the original telephone cord is defective, and should be replaced.
    2. If the connection works, the original telephone instrument is defective, and should be replaced or repaired.

Cable Television Service

If you have trouble with your television service, try these steps first.

No Reception

  1. Check for power to TV.
  2. Check for tight cable connections at TV and wall outlet.
  3. Check TV and VCR for matching channel output and input. In most cases, this should be channel 3 or 4.

Not Receiving All Channels

  1. Make sure switch on TV is set to CATV mode.
  2. Using menu or set-up controls on TV or VCR, run auto-program, and/or add desired channels.
  3. If your television is not "cable ready" – that is, if it does not receive channels higher than 13 – you should rent a Standard Converter Box and remote control from Cox Communications.

If the Problem Persists

If, after trying the above, your problem is not resolved, do one of the following.

  • Complete and submit our online Report a Problem form.
  • Send email to our Help Desk, following the instructions on the Repairs page.
  • Call the Communications Services Help Desk at 8700. Representatives are available from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays. At any other time, you can leave a message on the Help Desk voice mail system, and we will respond the next working day.




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