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Remote Control Help: Water Water Water

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by jedi5, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. jedi5

    jedi5 Mentor

    Mar 25, 2010
    Ok, get all the laughs and giggles out now...

    So this morning we're doing laundry, washing the sheets on the bed.
    In taking the sheets off, we didn't notice the remote control went missing.

    Long story short... remote control was put in the washing machine by accident.
    How do I know if it is shot and need another one?
    It can still turn the TV on/off no problem.
    It can't control the receiver though.
    Nothing happens.

    Does it need to dry out?
    Is it ruined?
    Should I wash it again? :bink:

    Plus side... it smells Downy fresh now!
  2. sigma1914

    sigma1914 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Try the cell phone drying method of putting it in uncooked rice; it absorbs any extra moisture.
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  3. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    first rule: remove batteries !!!
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  4. RBA

    RBA Active Member

    Apr 14, 2013
    Instead of washing it again throw it in the dryer.
  5. DoyleS

    DoyleS Icon

    Oct 21, 2002
    El Dorado...
    You can try setting it in the sun for a day.
    If you can open the remote, you can rinse the board with Isopropyl alcohol and then let it dry then reassemble.
    There is a good chance that it is damaged beyond easy repair especially if it went through an entire washing machine cycle.
  6. jsk

    jsk Icon

    Dec 27, 2006
    I had a USB drive that went through the washer and dryer and still works fine, but I wouldn't recommend putting it in the dryer ;)

    Your best bet is the rice idea and let it sit for a day or so.
  7. bigglebowski

    bigglebowski Legend

    Jul 27, 2010
    You mention it works TV, you sure its just not in TV mode? If not put in TV mode and see if ch up and down work on the TV (will probably have to be on the tuner input of TV). Could be if its an RF/UHF remote that the water has only killed that part of it.
  8. mitchflorida

    mitchflorida Godfather

    May 18, 2009
  9. jedi5

    jedi5 Mentor

    Mar 25, 2010
    Thanks all the help and suggestions.

    Yeah, it did go thru a whole washing cycle.
    Surprisingly, after 4-5 hours, the remote control started working again... somewhat.

    TV on/off worked from the get go and then later on, the receiver was working again.
    A few numerical buttons still don't work but meh... better than nothing.

    I was not expecting the remote to work at all.
    Even the batteries that went thru the wash cycle were working as well.

    Hopefully tomorrow it will be working better.
  10. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    If you would imagine of electrolitic corrosion, then you must 1) remove batteries, 2) dismantle the remote, 3) remove water by soft cloth and give day or two for dry up (or use hair dryer).
  11. tampa8

    tampa8 Godfather/Supporter

    Mar 30, 2002
    Yes, just disassemble, and use a hair dryer, then let it dry even more a day or two.
  12. Ray C@DISH Network

    Ray C@DISH Network DISH Representative DISH Representative

    Dec 28, 2010
    If you continue having issues with your remote, you can order a new remote at mydish.com after logging into your online account. Please let me know if you need further assistance. Thanks.
  13. Inkosaurus

    Inkosaurus Icon

    Jul 29, 2011
    If you do call in to dish regarding this do not, i repeat do not tell them it broke because of something you did lol. It will void any chance you had at getting a free one sent out ;)
  14. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    So you are suggesting he lie to try to get a free replacement remote?
  15. russ9

    russ9 Godfather

    Jan 28, 2004
    Yes, be careful, the tag on the remote clearly states "Dry Clean Only."
  16. jamelar

    jamelar Cool Member

    Dec 30, 2010
    Oh no! My tag is missing. Please tell me it's not one of those with the "Do not remove under penalty of the law" warnings.
  17. Inkosaurus

    Inkosaurus Icon

    Jul 29, 2011
  18. bmetelsky

    bmetelsky Cool Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    You can get one for $12.99 on EBay.
  19. Jhon69

    Jhon69 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 27, 2006
    Central San...
    That's why I keep the DISH Service Protection Plan on my account.Remote quits,DISH sends me another one. :yesman:

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