Can a TV cable port on the wall break after not being in a while?

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So after 13 years of not having a TV in my (now out of college) kid's bedroom, we've decided to install a TV in his room so he can watch his channels when he's home on holidays. But I was wondering, since that cable port on the wall hasn't been used in so long...is there a chance the port or the wires underneath the port/plug be broken? I know that for some items, if you don't use it for a while, it'll break or not function. I'm not sure if that'll the same for a cable port.

Just don't want to buy a new TV and then find out he can't watch channels with it. We don't have any spare TVs or cables to test it out right now.
 

armirol

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The connector might be corroded or eaten by rats... it's very unlikely that termites or ants or any other insects have done any damage to a cable ;)
You can check the continuity with a multimeter or similar tester.
Anyway, if that cable was installed in a wall many years ago, it might be outdated and no usable with modern TV sets... use it to pull a brand new HDMI cable, that should do it.
Good luck
 

armirol

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The connector might be corroded or eaten by rats... it's very unlikely that termites or ants or any other insects have done any damage to a cable ;)
You can check the continuity with a multimeter or similar tester.
Anyway, if that cable was installed in a wall many years ago, it might be outdated and no usable with modern TV sets... use it to pull a brand new HDMI cable, that should do it.
Good luck
 
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