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An audio/video receiver (AVR or home audio receiver) is a consumer electronics component used in home theaters that convert signals into sound.

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Why does my reciever say overload

My reciever says overload on the display and no functions work.

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Could you please provide us the make and model of your receiver so we can assist you further?


Do you have the user manual? If not you should be able to find it online. What does it say about that message?

I don't know what it means but the first thing I'd try is to check the speaker connections. Make sure the speaker cables are firmly gripped by the speaker terminals both at the speaker end and the receiver end, and in particular, check for any stray bare wires touching each other and creating a short circuit, or any damage to the cables along their length.


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means: the safety overload protection breaker is clicking on inside making that “clint" sound


1) one of your capacitors on one of the channels inside the unit is blown

2) you have impedance on speakers that is larger than the unit can drive check Max ohms is not greater that the units Output…..this can also happen in reverse, ie: you are using speakers too low to be connected to the unit, as soon as you up the volume you will hear the capacitor shut off and make a “Clint” sound inside the unit, this is the protection breaker and will display overload on the LED panel.

3) you have Wires out of phase (meaning positive is in a negative somewhere on the speaker or rear of the unit)


1) Disconnect each speaker and turn on until the problem ceases, this will determine which speaker is had it, or out of phase.

2) if you are powering speakers A and B External at the same time, turn one off, as the speakers do not match to be run at the same time with A and B running

3) lower volume as well as turn between left and right balance to check those capacitors aren’t fried inside the unit

4) if you disconnect all speakers and inputs and turning on the unit still activates the protection breaker and Overload is still showing…..means your Amp is had it, and one of the main pots (that look like Dcell Batteries on the main circuit board ) are toast. if your competent in checking under the cover, you will see that the top silver area on top of the capacitors are starting to bulge, they should be flat on top, if they appear to be splitting open, means they need replacing. only a qualified service technician can replace and repair those.

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im not a qualified technician by trade and ive replaces many capacitors so definitly not true but youtube how to solder and buy you a kit online i just bought a technics sa-ex140 and blew a capacitor jsut so i can replace it with a fresher one


thank you for you thoroughly and well explained trouble shooting with potential remedies


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Frayed wire was our problem

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