Lift chairs assist the elderly and disabled in being more independent in their living. With a remote switch, the user can raise the chair into an almost standing position in order to safely reach a walker or cane and walk away. When it's time to sit down, the process can be done in reverse so that the individual is gently lowered into a seated or reclined position. Knowing how to repair lift chairs is an important skill, as people rely on them to maintain independence and mobility.
Troubleshoot Your Lift Chair
Do a safety check. If your lift chair is not moving, or if it is moving slowly, the problem may be with the remote. Using rubbing alcohol and a paper towel, clean out the grooves and indentations on and around the remote, allow it to air dry and try using it again.
Replace the 9-volt battery in your lift chair's circuit box. If your lift chair is not moving at all, it may be that the battery needs replacing.
Check all power cords and ensure that they are correctly inserted into power outlets. A half-inserted cord may be cutting the electrical connection to your lift chair.
Replacing a Part in Your Lift Chair
Read the instruction manual prior to attempting any major repair on your lift chair.
Determine the part that needs to be repaired. It may be the hand control, motor, power supplies, accessories, cables or motor parts that need to be replaced.
Review the tools that will be needed to perform this repair. It is possible that a phillips screwdriver, wrench and pliers are all you need to repair your lift chair.
Purchase the parts you need. There are many online mobility stores that carry general parts for repairing lift chairs
Follow the instructions in your manual and replace the part. Depending on the part being replaced, you may need help from a certified electrician. Test your lift chair to ensure that it is operating properly before allowing anyone to use it again.