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.

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A lift chair fits seamlessly into a living room or family room.

Troubleshoot Your Lift Chair

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 1

Read the instruction manual prior to attempting any major repair on your lift chair.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Purchase the parts you need. There are many online mobility stores that carry general parts for repairing lift chairs

Step 5

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.