Can Recliners be Repaired? (Answered)

Everyone uses their recliners. It’s one of the most popular pieces of furniture in homes today. It’s a great way to relax, watch TV, and unwind from a long day at work — but can your recliners be repaired?

In this article we will tell you everything you need to know about recliners. Read on.

What is the Average Life of a Recliner?

Most recliners have a life of about ten years. However, there are some recliners that can last as long as twenty years or more. The average life of a recliner is determined by the materials it is made from.

If the recliner is made with high quality materials then it will last longer than one made with cheaper materials. The average life of a recliner is also determined by how often it is used and cleaned. If the recliner is used every day then it will not last as long as one that is only used occasionally.

Can Recliners be Repaired?

Generally, recliners can be repaired, but there are a few instances where the repair work may cost more than replacing the recliner entirely.

If you’ve had your recliner for several years and have another 5-10 years use left, it’s certainly worth repairing.

However, if your chair is showing extreme wear and tear or is more than 10 years old, you may want to consider replacing it.

What would cause a recliner to stop working?

There are many reasons a recliner might stop working. A recliner is a complex device with many parts that can fail.

There are actuators or motors, gears, and other mechanical devices that can fail causing the recliner to not function. There may be electrical issues with the wiring or the switch that causes the device to fail.

The most common failure is with the actuator/motor mechanism. The motor may just need lubrication, but I would recommend replacing it if it has reached a certain age as these mechanical devices degrade due to age and wear.

Is it expensive to repair recliners?

Repairing a recliner can cost as little as $100, or as much as $400.

This is a relatively inexpensive repair that can save you thousands in comparison to the cost of buying a new recliner. Most of the time, you won’t have to replace the entire recliner, just a single part of the mechanism.

There are a few common problems with recliners, such as broken handle springs, broken or worn out cables or broken motorized mechanisms.

The key is to look for the problem and then determine if it’s an easy fix or something more serious.

How do you fix a recliner mechanism?

A recliner that won’t stay in the upright position is a common problem. Usually, the cause is a damaged or broken spring. The springs are attached to the chair frame and help keep the chair in an upright position.

They also hold the chair back in place when it reclines. To fix a recliner mechanism, you must remove the seat and back cushions of the recliner. The screws that hold the cushions in place are usually located on the bottom of the chair or underneath the armrests.

After removing these screws, you can usually pull up on the seat cushion to remove it from its hinges and then do the same with the back cushion. If you see broken or damaged springs on your chair frame, you can replace them with new springs.

You can call a local furniture repair company if you don’t want to attempt this work yourself; most companies will be able to order replacement parts for your specific model of recliner.

Is it Better to Fix or Replace a Recliner?

There are two things you need to ask yourself when it comes to a broken recliner. First, is it worth fixing? Second, do you really want to fix it yourself?

Let’s say your recliner isn’t working properly. There are many reasons why this might be the case. It could be that the part has worn out, or maybe just broken — either way, the part needs replacing. Or it could be an electrical issue with the motor and wiring.

In either case, asking yourself whether or not it’s worth fixing is a good place to start. If your recliner is relatively new, then replacing broken parts would probably be worth it. But if it’s old and worn out, then spending money on parts may not be as worthwhile as investing in a brand-new recliner.

Where to repair your recliners

You can take your recliner chair to the manufacturer directly or an independent furniture repair shop in your area. There are pros and cons to each option. When it comes to warranties, going directly to the manufacturer is more convenient.

However, if you go with an independent shop, it will come at a high cost; Also, you can check for the nearest repair services online that is close to you. The choice is yours.


In general, many older recliners can be repaired. Whether it is something that you decide to do yourself, or hire a repairman, I would recommend giving your recliner a try.

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