How to Repair a Dish Remote


A Dish Network satellite remote, like any battery-powered remote, is vulnerable to dirt and other contaminants getting into the case and onto the electronics. Repair a Dish remote whose keys are not responding by cleaning off the contacts on the internal circuit board. The procedure requires a few tools that most households will have on hand, but no special skills. An electronic cleaning spray purchased from a hobby shop or electronics store will also be needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Flat-edged jeweler's screwdriver
  • Lint free cloth
  • Phillips jeweler's screwdriver
  • Compressed air
  • Electronic cleaning spray
  • Cotton swab
  • Place a sheet of newspaper on a table. Place the remote face down on the newspaper. Slide the battery compartment lid off the back. Remove the batteries.

  • Insert the tip of the flat-edged jeweler's screwdriver into the seam between the front and back shells at the upper left corner of the remote. Move the tip down the length of the remote until you reach the lower left corner. Repeat this procedure, only starting in the seam at the upper right corner of the remote.

  • Pull the bottom shell off the top shell with your fingers. Place the front shell aside. Turn the bottom shell over.

  • Remove the rubber key pad from on top of the bottom shell. Wipe both sides of the rubber key pad off with the lint free cloth. Place the rubber key pad aside.

  • Remove the screws from the corners of the bottom shell with the Phillips jeweler's screwdriver. Carefully pull the circuit board out of the bottom shell and place it on the newspaper with the contact key side facing up.

  • Blow off the circuit board with compressed air. Spray the circuit board with a burst of electronic cleaning spray.

  • Scrape any visible crud off the circuit board with the tip of a cotton swab. Spray the circuit board with a burst of electronic cleaning spray.

  • Grip the circuit board by the edges. Place the circuit board back into the bottom shell. Reattach the screws. Place the rubber key pad back on the circuit board in its original position.

  • Place the top shell onto the bottom shell. Press down on the sides of the top shell with your fingers to reengage the two shells together.

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