Remote Control Repair
Learn common problems with a TV remote control and how to repair them.
A television remote control is an appliance many people in the United States can’t live without. If it’s broken, you want it fixed immediately, or you begin to feel as if life as you know it is over! Remote controls, however, are vulnerable to disaster. They are carried from one room to the next, plopped down on chairs and tables, and thrown around from person to person in a living room. They’re bound to be damaged sooner or later. Here are some tips on how to service your television remote control without getting a new one or making a trip to the repair shop.
· Take apart your remote control. Use a screwdriver to remove any screws and pry apart the device. Keep in mind that there may be some hidden screws underneath the batteries in the battery compartment. You may have to use the screwdriver to pry apart the two halves of the remote in order to open it.
· Clean the circuit board. Spray the board with an electrical contact cleaner and use a clean dry cotton swab to swab the board dry. Clean the battery contacts, also.
· Check the circuit board for damage. Look at the circuit board thoroughly for any signs that the board has been damaged. Look for any bent wires or circuitry. Lightly bend the damaged wires back into place, careful not to break them.
· Clean the keypad. Take the mounting tabs out from the keypad section of the remote. Blow out any dust and debris that may have accumulated there. Wash the keypad thoroughly with soap and water. You may want to use an old toothbrush to most effectively get the job done. Dry the keypad with a clean cloth. Let it dry thoroughly before your assemble it.
· Carefully reassemble the keypad and try out your new clean remote control.