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Remote control took a bath
Posted by: abevilac
Date: May 21, 2017 02:24PM
So , the remote got mixed up with the sheets this morning and went through a whole wash cycle in an HE washer. It's now sitting in a plastic bag w 2 silica gel sachets. Does anyone think this will work? And if so, how long do I wait until putting in batteries and trying it?

Thanks!
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Re: Remote control took a bath
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: May 21, 2017 02:28PM
submersing in uncooked rice saved by car remote key set

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Re: Remote control took a bath
Posted by: Carm
Date: May 21, 2017 02:37PM
I would take it apart and dry it with a hair dryer. It should be good to go once dry.
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Re: Remote control took a bath
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 21, 2017 02:37PM
Start shopping for a replacement.



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Re: Remote control took a bath
Posted by: Carm
Date: May 21, 2017 02:48PM
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Speedy
Start shopping for a replacement.
I would do this too. The water/soap started the corrosion process and the remote will eventually go bad. If it isn't already dead.
Amazon and eBay have cheap replacement remotes for older TV sets. Direct from manufacturer will cost about $50.



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Re: Remote control took a bath
Posted by: abevilac
Date: May 21, 2017 02:53PM
Thanks for all the suggestions; I tried the hair dryer and now it's sitting outside in a bag of rice. This is the cable company remote ATT Uverse so I'll have to get it from them.
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Re: Remote control took a bath
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: May 21, 2017 03:04PM
You could likely take it in, tell them it stopped working and they will hand you a new one.

Alternatively, there are lots of universal remotes that will work. I got this one for my mom recently. It allows the user to enter program codes, or it can learn from another remote (a neighbor likely has the same one)



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Re: Remote control took a bath
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 21, 2017 03:20PM
....both rice and silica absorb moisture so both can be used......



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Re: Remote control took a bath
Posted by: billb
Date: May 21, 2017 03:58PM
alcohol is just as if not more likely to mess up the coatings on the LCD screen.
Put the phone remote in the exhaust of your vacuum cleaner and vacuum the house top to bottom.



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Re: Remote control took a bath
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 21, 2017 04:04PM
....try to keep all electronics......in the bedroom (for private).....not the bathroom......



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Re: Remote control took a bath
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 21, 2017 04:12PM
You could set it out in the sun. Or, an advantage to living where our high today is 46F, just set it by a forced air register.



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Re: Remote control took a bath
Posted by: artie67
Date: May 21, 2017 04:37PM
Opening the unit and drying with towels and sunlight works.
Some remotes are easier to open than others.
The easier ones have a small screw on the back and one in the battery compartment. Remove these and any others. Now you need some tools.
If you have ever pried open a mini or iPhone you will use the small putty knife or spatula here. If not, you will need a small blade screwdriver, putty knife or finding something in the toolbox or kitchen drawer.
Once to get in the rest is repetition. Leave the tool in and slide anything that will fit next to it. Now slide the tool down toward the bottom and pry to open the next latch. Work around until open.
Take out the guts and dry everything. The rubber keypad can be cleaned with an old tooth brush. Make sure in backside of the keypad is dry.
Reassemble and test. Super glue is your friend if necessary.
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Re: Remote control took a bath
Posted by: Carm
Date: May 21, 2017 04:59PM
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abevilac
Thanks for all the suggestions; I tried the hair dryer and now it's sitting outside in a bag of rice. This is the cable company remote ATT Uverse so I'll have to get it from them.

They usually replace them for free.
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Re: Remote control took a bath
Posted by: rz
Date: May 22, 2017 12:49PM
Yeah, they probably have a ton of extra remotes lying around to give out. I'd bring it in and say it doesn't work and see if they just give you a new one.
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Re: Remote control took a bath
Posted by: abevilac
Date: May 22, 2017 10:13PM
After about 36 hrs of dry-out time, it works!
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Re: Remote control took a bath
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 23, 2017 02:12AM
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abevilac
Thanks for all the suggestions; I tried the hair dryer and now it's sitting outside in a bag of rice. This is the cable company remote ATT Uverse so I'll have to get it from them.

When it quits, assuming it even functions when dried out, just tell them it won't work. They will exchange it.
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Re: Remote control took a bath
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 23, 2017 06:51AM
....bubble....bath....??



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