How to Fix the Lever on a Recliner
The lever is one part of the recliner which is subjected to continuous wear and tear due to its usability. Every time you want to raise the foot rest, you pull it again and again. Over time it can get stripped or broken so that it stops working and you cannot recline the chair anymore. But there is nothing more annoying than your recliner chair stop working when your favorite TV show is about to start. The best thing is recliner levers are simple and easy to fix. By figuring out the problem, you can solve it on your own without even having to call the repair guy.
Turn you recliner chair upside down so that it rests on the floor. Take a good look and see what really happened. Check thoroughly and tighten all the mounting bolts if they are loose. If you feel the need of lubrication, lubricate the parts with some oil or any appropriate lubricant.
If the cable inside the lever is broken, you have to replace it with a new one. Before that, you need to pull out the old lever from the recliner. Use a screwdriver and pliers to undo the screws on the back of the handle which actually helps it to stay in place. You will see the end of the cable which runs from the lever handle. Firstly, unscrew the lever and pull out the cap. Locate the place where the cable is attached to the bottom part of the recliner. By using a plier, try to pull out the lever cable by compressing the clip. Remove the cable assembly carefully from the lever. You need to take the length of the cable and order one from the same manufacturer.
Look for serial number and service customer care numbers so that you can contact them for a replacement if you are still under the warranty. Try whether you can get a free repair service so that everything can be done easily without spending any money. Some parts of the recliner will have a lifetime warranty, so you need to make sure that you do not miss it. If you are buying a new part on your own, note the manufacturer name and buy the right one. If you need any guidance, the furniture store assistants will be able to help you to find out a correct replacement.
After purchasing the new cable, you need to install it which is a simple process. Slide the cable into the place where the lever originally was. Keep it in the correct position and secure it with the clip into the actuator. Place the recliner in an upright position and attach the cable up to the lever mechanism. Finally, test it out to see whether it works properly or not.
If you can manage yourself doing all these repairs, it is better. Whereas, if you are unable to do it on your own, call a professional repair service to seek their help.
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