It can happen to any one of us. You get a new lift chair, and it is working great - until it isn’t.
There is nothing more frustrating than hitting the button that tells your chair to put you back onto your feet and then realizing that the chair is no longer working. Not only can this mean a lot of money and headaches coming your way, but it can also leave vulnerable people trapped in their chairs unable to get up.
Luckily, a broken lift chair no longer means having to shell out hundreds of dollars for a brand new piece of equipment. Getting a lift chair repaired is easier, and cheaper, than ever. You just need to know where to look - and in this quick guide, we explain where to get your lift chair repaired, along with essential tips for getting it done right.
Common Problems with Lift Chairs
The most important, and the most vulnerable, part of a lift chair is the central motor. The rest of the chair is typically a standard recliner built around the lifting motor.
Without the lifting motor, the chair is effectively useless as a lift chair (though it may still function perfectly fine as a regular recliner). The motor also takes the most daily stress and has the most forces put on it at any given time. Motor failure is the number one problem that lift chairs suffer from.
Secondary problems that could arise include a problem with the power supply, including the main power cord. The metal framing pieces inside the chair and in the reclining parts can also occasionally bend or break. These are often simple fixes that most furniture repair places should be able to manage easily.
How to Find Lift Chair Repairs Near Me
There are three distinct places that you can look for in order to find quality lift chair repair in your area. These places include furniture repair shops, scooter repair shops, and the manufacturer.
A. Furniture repair
It may not seem like it at first glance but many furniture repair shops are equipped to handle lift chair repairs nowadays. Just like everything else, furniture has gotten more and more complicated and high tech forcing furniture repair places to keep up with the times.
Lift chairs are not the only pieces of furniture to include electric motors that need service every once in a while. Looking up local furniture repair shops is an easy, and affordable, way to locate easily accessible lift chair repairs near you.
B. Scooter repair shop
Mobility scooters and golf carts have very similar inner workings to that of a lift chair. In fact, many mobility scooter companies build both in equal measure because they are so similar.
This means that you can ask your local scooter repair place if they also do work on lift chair motors. The answer many times will be yes. If you have found that local furniture repair places will not do lift chairs, your next best option will actually be a mobility scooter or golf cart repair outfit.
C. Manufacturer repair
Depending on the brand and model of your lift chair, it might come with a warranty or technical support that will help you get your chair fixed without having to use local places. This option depends entirely on the kind of service the brand of your chair provides.
If you are stuck and have seemingly run out of options get in contact with the company that built your lift chair. If they do not offer warranty repair service or have their own technicians they might be able to point you in the direction of local places that can fix their products. It never hurts to ask and the manufacturer, theoretically, should be the most knowledgeable about their product repair process.
Where to Get Your Lift Chair Repaired?
Getting your lift chair repaired by a qualified technician is easier said than done. Unlike other household appliances, it’s not as simple as calling a handyman; because lift chairs are less common, many appliance repairmen don’t know much about them.
Therefore, it’s helpful to go to the nearest local dealer for your brand of lift chair. Most of these dealers have service and repair departments that can help you out. These service departments are often the ones who help fulfill the terms of your product’s warranty, and they can be trusted with repairs and parts installation.
Here are some links that will help you find your brand’s nearest dealer:
Amazon-Only Lift Chairs
If your lift chair is only sold on Amazon, you won’t be able to locate a dealer. However, you can call around to your nearest appliance and furniture stores to see if they will take a look at your chair. Similarly, you can search for a handyman or appliance repairman on Angi (formerly Angie’s List) and potentially find a qualified technician in your area!
How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Lift Chair?
The cost of a repair is going to entirely depend on what is broken.
Oftentimes, the motor is what is going to need work but even that will depend on the severity of the repair. If the motor just needs a tune up or a small adjustment then the price could be as low as $100 for a repair. However, if the motor needs to be completely replaced the cost of the part alone can start as high as $300 leaving you on the hook for a $500 or more cost for the repair.
Price ranges for common lift chair repairs
Will Medicare Pay for My Lift Chair Repair?
Under typical Medicare rules, they will cover 80% of any repair costs incurred while fixing a medically necessary, prescribed piece of durable medical equipment. They will cover this cost up to the full cost of a new replacement before the coverage runs out. That leaves more than enough room for a single repair, and sometimes, multiple repairs if needed.
What to Look for in a Lift Chair Repair Shop
Some of the things you want to look for in a repair shop are good reviews, steady business, and timeliness.
If you find a place that only has a few reviews or is run out of someone’s house it could indicate that this is more of a side job than a full time business. Repair places with established storefronts or offices are a good sign of a healthy business.
You also want to ask about timeframes. Some places can do the repairs for cheap but if they are quoting you a two week lead time on repairs, it could reduce the effectiveness of a repair - especially when the item in question could be medically important.
If you find a repair shop with an official office you can visit, a handful of positive reviews, and an assurance of quality and timely fixes you should be in good shape.
Best Places to Buy Lift Chair Replacement Parts
Replacement parts are pretty easy to find, believe it or not. Sometimes, they’re available through the manufacturer’s website or on dealer websites. Many times, however, you can find them on Amazon! Just be sure to use your owner’s manual and replacement parts list to make sure you’re getting the right parts.
Here, you’ll find links to replacement parts for popular lift chair brands:
One more thing: make sure that you are getting OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts for your lift chair. This means that they are parts made in the same factory as the entire chair- it’s the best way to know you’re getting parts that work and fit. Aftermarket parts (those made by third parties to match the standards of the original) aren’t entirely reliable for products like lift chairs.
Finding Online Manuals for Your Lift Chair
If you purchased your lift chair on Amazon, check the product page to see if there is a link to the manual. This link, if it’s available on your chair, is usually located in a section called “Warranty and Support”. Note, however, that owner’s manual links aren’t listed on every product.
Below, you’ll find help locating the product manual for various models from popular brands of lift chairs: