The footrest of a Lazyboy recliner is very important, since it provides much needed support for the legs and enhances its comfort levels, allowing you to achieve maximum relaxation. But one of the most common problems associated with any recliner is that the footrest can get broken, leading to many frustrations instead of enabling you to just sit back and relax. Read on as we discuss tips for repairing a broken footrest, as well as provide a list of replacement parts.
Footrest Stuck in Up Position? Use WD40
When you turn the lever of a Lazyboy recliner, the mechanism located at the bottom should release the footrest and lock it into position. When you turn it again, the mechanism should release it and return it to its original position. But what if this fails and the handle doesn’t release the footrest? Use the lubricant WD40. Do the following steps:
– Flip the recliner over and loosen all the screws that attach the metal to the wooden frame.
– Place a rag or cloth over the material underneath the chair to avoid getting lubricant on the cushions.
– Spray the WD40 on all the chair’s movable joints.
– Try the handle again to see if it will release the footrest, which it should at this point.
– Get a can of 3-in-1 oil and place a drop on each of the joints so that they remain lubricated. Be sure to use another rug or cloth to wipe any residual oil.
– Flip the chair over and your footrest should be able to go up and down with no problem.
Stuck Footrest Adjustments
The footrest can be either all the way down or all the way up with positions in between. Sometimes when it fails to go back down, it could be failing to go down to one of the in-between positions. What you can do, if you don’t mind, is make a few adjustments to the footrest’s mechanism so that it goes all the way up or all the way down without stopping in between. Do the following steps:
– Flip the chair over and locate the ratchet that locks the footrest in the in-between positions.
– Remove the part/bar that is attached to the ratchet and the front of the chair by dissembling it, removing its pins and springs.
– Test the footrest, and you should see that it either goes all the way up or all the way down – no in-between positions – now that the ratchet is free.
Here’a a great video explaining the whole process:
Footrest Won’t Lock in Place or Won’t Stay Up?
Sometimes when you pop the footrest, it doesn’t stay up at all or falls right back down when you put the weight of your feet on it. What you must do if this happens is flip the chair over to inspect the mechanism and see if its spring is okay. The spring is what provides the tension needed to keep the footrest open or closed by holding it in place. It can sometimes break or get too overstretched. The only solution is to remove it and purchase a replacement spring to get the tension back in the mechanism.
Buy Footrest Parts
Here’s some useful items for your recliner footrest that you can buy online.
Purchasing a Lazyboy recliner is a huge investment, and you should be able to enjoy all the benefits it provides without limitations – footrest included. The above mentioned footrest problems are not specific to old recliners, as they can affect new ones as well. This makes it necessary to know how to repair the problem and what replacement part can help fix or assist you in accessing the footrest easier.