You’ve been waiting for this moment all day… you’re finally sitting or lying comfortably in front of the TV to relax and unwind. But imagine, the remote has decided to ruin your evening. You pressed all the buttons, nothing to do, it refuses to obey you. What a misfortune! You no longer know whether to laugh or cry. But one thing is for sure, throwing in the towel is out of the question, whether she wants to or not, she will work eventually! And we want to make it easy for you. Here are some ways to fix the problem without getting upset. 

Why isn’t the remote working? 

Settling down in front of the TV to zap or watch your favorite show is a moment of grace after a long day of hard work. So, when the remote starts whirring or categorically refuses to work, there’s obviously something to be annoyed about. First things first: we breathe easy and stay cool. Because anger won’t solve anything. On the contrary, you need to think calmly to try to determine the cause of the problem. And this, even if your game is to start in 10 minutes! Very often the reason is not immediately obvious. Various causes can explain this sudden blockage. The good news is that the solution is usually very simple. Here are the options available to you. 

  • Check the batteries of the remote control 

It may seem trivial to you, but very often it is simply the batteries that are dead. When the battery is drained, it’s normal for the controls to stop responding. So, before anything else, you need to make sure that in the first place. So, remove the batteries and insert new ones. Sometimes you even have to turn them over if you don’t have spare batteries on hand. However, if the problem is not solved, there is another option you can try. Test your batteries on another device. Do they work properly? Well, in that case, go back to the remote-control compartment and clean it a bit. Sometimes it’s just the dirt’s fault and it’s blocking the contact. Use a cotton swab soaked in a liquid product suitable for this type of electrical device. Usually, the problem will be solved! 

  • Check the signal 

Your remote control is more capricious than you thought? If the battery replacement was not glorious, now is the time to check the signal. Most models are infrared remote controls: Technically, a corresponding light-emitting diode is built into the front panel and sends a signal (invisible to the naked eye) to the TV. But how do you know if it’s there? The maneuver is very simple, don’t worry. Take your smartphone and turn on the camera. Point it directly at the front of the remote where the LED strip is located, an area that can be seen through semi-transparent plastic. Press any button on the remote and when it emits a signal, you’ll see the LED light up or flash. If you don’t see any blinking, it means that the remote control is not emitting a signal. 

What to do if the remote control does not work? 

Well then, how do you get out of trouble if the battery replacement didn’t work? Don’t worry, we won’t leave you in this mess, there are other options you can try. Starting with this one: 

  1. Take your remote control, a pencil, pliers and a sharpener.
  2. Carefully sharpen your pencil. And cut off a section of it and try to make a cutout that is the same length as a stack.
  3. Sharpen it with a cutter to have a very sharp point.
  4. Then take the old battery and with the pliers, remove the top part of the positive side to be able to insert it into the “wrong” battery and make it easier to insert. It is a small concave piece of metal.
  5. Then carefully insert the new battery and place this small piece on the positive side. Place the battery next to it and check if the remote control works.

Normally, since this trick has already been proven, it should work. But be careful, this is only a temporary trick. Sure, you’ll save batteries for a few days, but it’s better to fix the problem permanently once you have the chance. 

Another trick to fix your remote control 

Before you consider throwing away your remote or incurring the cost of buying a new model, try repairing the old one first using the following method.  

  • Open your remote control. To do this, pry the case shell aside with a thin knife or loosen the small screws inside the battery compartment.
  • Then check the inside of the remote control and electronics for dust or dirt. The contacts or the conductive rubber mat can easily become dirty. In this case, a little cleaning is necessary!
  • Prepare a mixture of water and spirit vinegar.
  • Moisten a clean cloth (preferably soft microfiber) with a small amount of this liquid. Caution: never pour vinegar or water directly on the contacts or the rubber part!
  • Now dab this area with light pressure on the contact points and the electronics.
  • Finally, leave your remote uncovered so it can dry properly before reassembling it.

Logically, it should work again after a proper cleaning!