Why Your Element TV Remote Doesn’t Work (8 Fixes to Try)


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Sitting down to watch TV after a long day only to find that your TV remote is not working can be frustrating. Sometimes your Element TV remote might stop working and you need to find a quick solution so you can get back to binging your favorite shows. Most of the fixes are easy and can be done at home. 

The main reason Element TV remotes stop not working is because of old batteries. There might also be an interruption somewhere between the cables and TV signals. Changing the batteries, removing objects in front of the TV, and resetting the remote will usually fix the issue. 

You might still have some questions about why exactly your remote is not working and what you can do to fix it. Don’t worry. We will go over all the most common problems in this article and how you can get your remote working again. 

Check the Batteries 

If you haven’t changed the batteries in a while, your current ones might be old and running low. If you are having a sudden issue with the remote, this is probably the issue. Take out the old batteries and replace them with fresh new ones. 

Test the remote again and see if it’s working. If not, you can try some of the other solutions below. 

Check the Light on the Remote 

At the top of the Element Remote, there should be a light that flashes every time you push a button. If you don’t see a light flashing each time you press a button, then the issue is with the remote itself. You might need to contact Element support or buy a replacement. The Google app store also has an app you can use in place of the remote

If you are pressing buttons on the remote and see it working, then the problem is probably not with the remote, but with a cable or connection signal. 

Check for Loose Cables 

If there are any loose cables between the TV, the streaming devices, or the other devices you are trying to use, the TV will not be able to pick up a signal from the remote which might cause you to think there’s an issue with the remote. 

Look around the back of the TV and see if there are any loose cables or cables that are not plugged in. If you see any damaged cables, replace them immediately as this can cause signal issues and can be dangerous. 

Remove Objects in Front of the TV 

Decorating a TV stand can be fun because it adds color and personalization to your sitting room. Having things in front of the TV can block signals from the remote though. Remove items sitting in front of the TV. 

You might also want to remove tall items on the coffee table in between the TV and the couch as well to help signals reach better. 

Reset the Remote 

If the remote keeps disconnecting or just isn’t working, resetting usually helps. 

To reset the remote, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the batteries from the remote. 
  2. Turn the receiver off and unplug it. 
  3. Leave it unplugged for about 10 to 15 seconds. 
  4. Restart it. 
  5. Once the receiver has restarted, put the batteries back into the remote. 

Now try testing the remote and see if it works. If it’s still not working, you can try more of the tips and tricks below. 

Reconnect the Remote 

If the batteries are new and there are no apparent signal interruptions, you might need to reconnect the remote if it’s still not responding when pressing buttons or giving it commands. 

Here’s how:

  1. Press and hold the home button on the Element remote. 
  2. Hold the button for 10 seconds. 
  3. The Element remote should reconnect. 

This is a handy reconnect hack that Element created to make your life easier. 

Run a Power Cycle 

Sometimes you need to cycle everything down and then restart it. This includes the remote and the receivers. 

Follow these steps to run a power cycle:

  1. Turn off your receiver. 
  2. Unplug all devices from the TV. 
  3. Leave everything unplugged for several minutes. 
  4. Plug everything back in. 
  5. Restart the receiver. 
  6. Try using the remote and see if it works. 

Most of these fixes will fix an Element remote. If not, the only solution left is to contact Element. 

Contact Element Support 

If you are having ongoing issues with your remote or the remote is new and not working, you should contact Element support. It’s always possible you were given a faulty remote that never worked from the beginning. 

Element Support will be able to give you more tips as well as send you a new remote if needed. 

Final Thoughts 

Having an Element Remote that doesn’t work is annoying. Usually, changing the batteries, checking for signal interference, and restarting the remote will fix the problem.

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