While adjustable beds offer some of the best sleeping positions especially for many medical conditions, there are some downsides. The biggest downside to an adjustable bed is the same downside that comes with many household appliances: they can be very hard to fix without professional help.
This guide will help you locate that professional help, in your area, while avoiding some of the common pitfalls of repair work. Let’s get started!
Common Problems With Adjustable Beds
The biggest issues that plague adjustable beds and their owners occur within or near the motor. These problems arise when the bed has been stressed past its ability (exceeding the weight limit), when the bed is old, or the unfortunate situations where the motor was simply faulty.
- Exceeding Weight Limits
Many of the beds that are used with an adjustable bed frame, weigh upwards of 150 pounds or more depending on size. Most queen-size adjustable bed frames are weight-limited at about 600-700 pounds, like this popular Reverie model. That means two people who weigh more than 200 pounds may put extra stress on the bed frame and motor, making the parts wear out faster.
- Aging Beds
As adjustable beds get older, the motors experience more wear and tear. Using your remote to adjust the position several times per day, for years on end, will lead to even the most well-constructed motors failing.
Generally, the components of adjustable beds should last about 10 years before they start to deteriorate in a noticeable way. If you notice your motor is slow, noisy, or jerks the bed up and down, you should have it looked at as soon as you can.
- Faulty Motors
Unfortunately, some adjustable beds are delivered with mechanical issues, even from the top brands. Adjustable beds are popular, but not quite as essential as other appliances like washing machines and ovens. That means adjustable beds are more likely to be produced in “less-than-reputable” factories, leading to more mechanical issues.
The good news is that mechanical issues are almost always covered by your warranty. So, if your motor is faulty from the get-go, you’ll at least be able to get the repairs paid for by the manufacturer.
How to Find Adjustable Beds Repair Service Near Me
There are, generally speaking, two types of businesses that may be able to help you get your adjustable bed repaired: furniture/mattress stores and general repair shops/handyman services.
Furniture and Mattress Stores
Furniture and stores are, in our opinion, the best way to go. These types of businesses are the most likely to have the expertise and staff to truly meet your needs. Many large furniture stores have dedicated service departments, and they’ll also have connections that enable them to order any replacement parts that may be needed. If your adjustable bed is starting to break down or has completely failed you, get on the phone with your nearest furniture store to see if they can help!
General Repair Shops and Handymen
Though they mostly deal with more common appliances such as washers, dryers, and dishwashers, appliance repair services (like this one in southern Florida) may also be able to help you fix your adjustable bed. They may lack the experience of a high-quality furniture store, but the employees at appliance repair services are usually better with technology than anyone else.
Tips for Finding the Best Adjustable Bed Repair Service
Flatten Your Bed
If your bed breaks when it’s in an upright or reclined position, don’t panic – you can still flatten it and safely use it as a normal bed. You’ll have to reach under your bed and remove a pin from the motor arm, then gently let your bed flatten out.
Then, while you’re setting up repairs or trying to activate your warranty, you will at least have a flat bed to sleep on. It’s certainly not as good as fixing it, but it is better than nothing!
Always Call Ahead
Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee that the repair shops or furniture stores in your area will be able to help you. One of the only things worse than finding out your adjustable bed is broken is loading it into a car or truck and driving it to a store to find out that they can’t help you!
Moral of the story: always call ahead to make sure the store you are thinking of visiting can actually help you fix your bed.
Keep that Warranty Handy
Your warranty is never more useful than in the times when your bed isn’t working. If your warranty is still valid, you can have the repairs paid for by the manufacturer – or receive a completely new bed for free!
And, in some cases, the manufacturer will pay for a repair specialist to come to your home and fix your bed right in front of you. If you’ve still got your adjustable bed’s warranty, don’t hesitate to make it work for you.
Don’t Be Afraid to Replace
At the end of the day, replacing your adjustable bed will sometimes be the best thing you can do. Certain issues are more costly and time-consuming to repair than you may want to deal with. If you start to realize that the cost of repairs outweighs the benefits, it’s time to start shopping for a new adjustable bed.
How to Maintain Your Adjustable Bed to Avoid Problems
Don’t Exceed the Weight Limit
Adjustable beds are built with weight limits, and exceeding them can both damage your adjustable bed and void your warranty. The weight limit is intended to include the weight of your mattress, not just the weight of the people sleeping in the bed.
This means that two people, who each weigh 200 pounds, sleeping on a 150-pound mattress, will almost break the weight limit of an adjustable bed base rated at 700 pounds. If you, your partner, or your mattress is heavier than average, you may want to be careful when using the adjusting functions. If you fit this scenario, it may even be a good idea to get out of bed before you adjust it, then get back in after you’ve placed the bed into the desired position.
Use a Surge Protector
Power surges don’t just harm your computers, TVs, and cell phones – they can also fry the motor in your adjustable bed. If you want to make sure your adjustable bed lasts for years to come, don’t plug it straight into the wall – use a surge protector! This surge protector is inexpensive and very effective, and it will definitely save you money by helping you avoid repair costs!
Avoid The Edges
When you adjust your bed, make sure you are not sitting on or putting a lot of your body weight near the edge of the bed frame. Doing so places a lot of extra pressure on the motor and can lead to it failing or wearing out much faster than normal. When adjusting your bed’s position, do what you can to reduce the pressure it is under, so that the motor is never facing undue stress.
Getting your adjustable bed repaired can be a frustrating process, no doubt about it. But, if you know what type of repair service to look for, take care of your bed, and have your warranty handy, the issues you’re facing can usually be resolved.
Do you have any more questions about adjustable bed repair services? Have any tips for other readers? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!