If you’re having a problem with your remote control for your Polaroid brand television, then you’re in luck. TV remote controls that are not working are actually a common problem that we encounter with any televisions.
With this in mind, we lay out simple and quick solutions on how to fix your Polaroid TV remote that’s not working.
How to fix Polaroid TV Remote Not Working
Here are some simple tricks to quickly fix your Polaroid TV remote control and make it work again:
One of the most common issues that we tend to overlook at times that causes our TV remote control to not work is the batteries. We tend to ignore these sometimes and all we have to do is to replace the old empty batteries with new ones.
If you don’t have some spare batteries to check if it is the battery that’s causing the problem, we recommend borrowing the batteries from some of your devices at home such as your wall clocks, timers, etc. Worst case, you need to buy new ones.
To replace the batteries of your remote;
- Remove the cover that holds the battery compartment of your TV remote.
- Gently remove the batteries one at a time.
- Look and take note of the orientation of the batteries indicated inside the compartment.
- Put in new batteries one at a time.
- Put the cover back.
Once done, this should give your Polaroid TV remote a new life and should be working again. If this does not fix the problem, see the next step.
Check whether or not the TV is in operation
One of the silliest reasons that one can find themselves having trouble with when trying to use their TV remote is when the television itself is powered off or unplugged from the wall socket. Situations like this will surely render any TV remote to be useless and some can easily assume that their remote is broken.
For situations like this, it’s best to check if your Polaroid TV is actually powered ON.
- Check the power cable if it’s properly plugged in on the wall socket.
- Verify that there’s power from the wall socket by using a different appliance.
- Check if your Polaroid TV is in standby mode by powering it ON using the power button of the TV.
- Once your TV is powered ON, verify and check if the TV remote is working.
Pets, kids, or sometimes even us can accidentally unplug the television from the wall socket. That includes cleaning, organizing your stuff, and more. If this is not the case for you then proceed to the next step.
Another worth checking that might be quite uncommon but can still cause problems for you is to check with your local power provider.
There are cases where you will not notice any issues with the power that goes into your house. But in reality, there’s an issue with it such as having a lower power than what you would get on a daily basis.
What this means is that your TV will still be able to function but due to limitations of the power that goes into your TV, however, some features may malfunction such as the range of your TV receiver.
A television remote is a simple electronic device with simple functionality and that’s to control your television. But it’s not safe from wear and tear. Over time, some of the buttons will get jammed, broken, and malfunctioned.
If you’re not certain that this is the case for your Polaroid TV remote, then here’s what you should do:
- Remove the batteries from your TV remote.
- Press every button available on the remote. Make sure to press all of them multiple times.
- If you’re technical or confident to dismantle your TV remote, you can do so. Simply remove the screws and check the motherboard of your remote for corrosions, cut copper lines, or missing components.
Functioning buttons should have a haptic click or feedback when you press them. Jammed or broken buttons will not usually have this feedback when pressed and that’s the indication that the issue is present.
In some cases, buttons are functioning properly and the problem is the contact between the button and the motherboard of your remote TV.
If this is the case, then there’s nothing much you can do about it. You can either have a certified technician look into it and fix it for you or buy a brand new TV remote.
Attempt to reset the TV remote
In some situations, TV remotes may not work temporarily due to poor contact of the battery or in some cases, due to static electricity.
To fix issues like this, all you have to do is:
- Remove the batteries from the remote.
- Press the power button of the remote for three seconds.
- Once done, install batteries into the remote.
- Make sure to clean the remote control terminals as the remote control battery terminals may be dirty.
When it comes to cleaning the remote, we recommend using an ample amount of Isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Wipe off any dirt from the terminals, batteries, buttons, and the infrared sensor.
We recommend using a cotton bud (Q-tips) or soft cloth, then placing the batteries back into the remote control. See if that does the trick.
Attempt to reset the TV remote
If resetting the remote did not do the trick for you, and you already tried the other fixes we mentioned above. It’s best to consider at this point that the TV might be the culprit.
In some cases, TVs just for no reason will not work with the remote that came with it. This issue is more common for those that turn OFF and ON their television by unplugging/plugging the socket from the wall on a daily basis.
For issues like this, your best solution is to perform a TV hardware reset. To do this, all you have to do is follow these simple steps to reset your Polaroid TV.
- To reset your Polaroid TV, power it ON and proceed to the settings menu.
- Look for Factory Reset.
- Once found, perform the process and wait for a couple of minutes.
- Once the Polaroid TV has been factory reset, verify if your TV remote works now.
Performing a factory reset can vary from TV to TV and model to model. We highly recommend checking the user manual that came with your Polaroid TV to determine the correct procedure for factory resetting your TV.
If you do not have the user manual anymore, you can simply search how to factory reset your Polaroid TV online.
Furthermore, a factory reset can sometimes fix pending or concurring issues that you may not be noticing. This process will restore the system of your television to how it was on the first day you bought it.
Check if the display is dead
A dead television display panel can sometimes be the issue, not the TV remote. Of course, this one can be difficult to troubleshoot but the easiest way to determine if the display of your TV is dead or not is to look at them closely.
In most cases, a blank display is caused by dead LED lights and these LET lights are responsible for the brightness behind your TV. If these LEDs are dead, then you will not see a thing on your TV unless you really look closely at it. By doing so, you will see pictures on a very dark scale.
The only solution for this is to have your television serviced. Service centers or technicians will be able to replace the LEDs and fix the problem for you.
Have it serviced
If all of the solutions we mentioned above did not work for you, then it’s best to consider that the issue is bigger than what you assumed it to be. In this case, we highly recommend having it serviced and fixed by a certified technician.
Another option is to call Polaroids customer service and request their assistance. However, in most cases, doing so will only result in an unfavorable outcome. This means that there’s a good chance that Polaroid will require you to purchase a brand new remote for your TV.
Another option that we can recommend if all these fixes did not do the job for you is to purchase a 3rd party TV remote. Most 3rd party TV remotes available in your local retail electronic stores would usually support the majority of the televisions on the market including the Polaroid branded TVs.
Depending on the severity of the problem, it might be cheaper to just buy a 3rd party TV remote control than to have your old TV remote serviced. 3rd party TV remote controls have prices ranging from $4 to $20 depending on the functionality that comes with them.