To keep your recliner operating properly, here are a few dos and don'ts to keep in mind.
Proper Use (Non-Powered Units)
Pull the handle firmly, yet smoothly to extend (open) the footrest. Avoid jerking or violent tugging motions.
If you have a push-button or flush-mounted handle that has no cable tension and cannot raise the footrest, be sure the footest has been fully closed to restore tension to the cable. Many cable-release units make a distinctive "click" or "snap" sound when closed completely.
When closing the unit, avoid using excess force. Operation should always be smooth and fluid. If the mechanism feels like it's binding or catching, do not force it shut. Open it fully and try again.
Tip: With some models it helps to bring the back to a fully upright position before closing the footrest.
Power Recliner, Massage Units & Lift Chairs
Route all electrical cords away from chair parts that can damage them. This includes reclining mechanisms and rocker and floor bases.
Use a proper surge protector to safegaurd your electrical system on your recliner or lift chair. Lightning strikes and power surges can damage electrical parts. And if your warranty has expired, you'll be responsible for the repair bill.
No Jumping Jacks (or Jills)
Children jumping onto the footrest while it's in the extended position can result in mechanism damage. Teenagers and adults can also manage this trick with even more damaging force.
Something's Not Right
As time goes by you and your recliner will become well-acquianted. You'll be the first to notice when something doesn't feel right. Whether it's something that feels a little loose or a soft clunking sound that wasn't there before. These are clues that it may be time for some recliner maintenance.
Take Advantage Of Your Warranty
If you notice any problems within your first year of purchase, but sure to contact the retailer right away. Most brands give you full warranty coverage during that time that covers parts and labor during normal use.
Also see, Common Problems