REMOTE BUTTONS NOT WORKING? Try our TV Remote Control Repair Kit!
Malfunctioning buttons are the most common ailment among aging remotes. Typically, malfunctioning buttons are caused by a wearing away of the conductive material on the back of each button. Without this material, no contact is made with the remote’s circuit board. Eventually, it becomes difficult or impossible to change channels, adjust volume or perform any number of remote functions.
SIMPLE CLEANING AND BUTTON REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS
1. Make note of the buttons not performing correctly.
2. Remove all batteries
3. Remove all screws, if present. Some times they are hidden under stickers.
4. Use a butter knife or a stiff putty knife to pry apart the top and bottom faces of the remote. You might have to use more pressure than you think. It should pop open and not hurt anything.
5. Take note of any switches or loose pieces that must be replaced during re-assembly.
6. Clean the circuit board with a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol. Make sure its completely dry before putting back together. Make sure you get all the residue off.
7. Clean the keypad with a household cleaner or rubbing alcohol. You can clean it in the sink with a toothbrush or even the dishwasher works good.
8. Wipe all parts with a cotton cloth and allow to dry thoroughly. Again make sure there is no residue or water left.
9. With a torn match apply a thin coat of the conductive paint to the keypad’s contacts that you made note of earlier (it is not necessary to do the whole keypad). The keypad’s contacts are the little black circles on the backside of the rubber key pad (see photo). Do not apply any paint to the circuit board.
10. Allow to dry for at least 1 hour.
11. Reassemble the remote, grab some chips, hit the couch, and click away!!!