Broken Lazyboy Recliner? Here’s What You Need To Do

All Lazyboy recliners have top-of-the-line mechanisms that allow you to lock them into various different positions with minimal effort. As long as there is nothing loose or broken, your chair will work perfectly, and you won’t give the whole process a second thought. When something does go wrong, on the other hand, you’ll notice right away. And you’ll want to know what it is that you can do to fix it. If you have a broken Lazyboy recliner, chances are that you have either a broken trip wire or broken seat springs. Here are the lists of steps that will guide you through the process of fixing both problems.

Broken seat springs
Seat springs can be found on the bottom side of your recliner’s seat, and usually get worn out or broken first, since the seat is the part of the chair that undergoes the most pressure. Regardless of whether they are broken or simply weakened, they will need to be replaced in order to get the recliner back in its original state. To replace broken seat springs, you will have to:

1. Remove the back rest of your Lazyboy recliner to get to the seat.
2. Remove the seat so you can get to the seat springs.
3. Turn the seat upside down and, using a staple puller, remove the fabric that hides the seat springs.
4. Take a picture so you won’t have any trouble putting everything back in place.
5. Loosen the clasps that connect the seat springs to the supporting wires.
6. Unscrew the mechanism that connects the seat springs to the sides of the seat frame.
7. Take out the new seat springs (you can buy them off Amazon) and install them where you’ve found the old ones, reversing the process with the help of the picture you’ve taken.

Broken trip wire
The trip wire can be found under the seat of your recliner, and is connected to a short metal rod with a hole through its center. To replace it, you will need to:

1. Remove the seat of your Lazyboy recliner.
2. Take a picture of the mechanism so you have no trouble putting everything back in place.
3. Locate the rod that is connected to the trip wire and unscrew the bolt that secures it in place.
4. Remove the rod and take both ends of the trip wire out.
5. Pull the trip wire out of the slot that can be found on the opposite side of the part with the rod.
6. Take out the new trip wire (you can buy them off Amazon) and install it where you’ve found the old one, reversing the process.

Apart from buying a new one, you can also opt for making it yourself. Three feet of piano wire, either #19 or #20, can be used as a replacement, but you will have to use pliers to bend it into the shape of the old trip wire.

NOTE: We will continue to update this page with more step-by-step guide on how to fix your broken Lazyboy recliners. Looking for parts for your repair? You can find lazyboy parts here.

19 comments | Add One

  1. MARIE - 04/19/2016 at 2:39 pm

    We have a lazyboy recliner from which the base has been removed.
    can we get a replacement base and do it ourselves – what do you suggest?

  2. Lynn Woodall - 04/22/2016 at 7:21 pm

    Need to purchase the control box for my recliner that has electrical, heat and massage. Can you please help?

  3. Bill Green - 05/14/2016 at 4:42 pm

    Where can I purchase a PAWL for a Reclina-Rest, ACK 801210225?


  4. Gary - 06/1/2016 at 3:32 am

    Recliner footrest suddenly will not lock in place.

  5. Lucille Hovland - 06/30/2016 at 10:23 am

    Need instructions on how to fix/replace parts on Lazy Boy swivel mechanism.

  6. Deb - 07/4/2016 at 2:16 pm

    A bolt sheared off on the bracket of the foot rest. We love the chair & want to fix it please help. We bought the chair at homemakers in Des Moines, Iowa about 4 years ago. Please tell us how to get a replacement bolt.

  7. Francis Hendrix - 08/8/2016 at 6:20 pm

    The web site tells how to fix my pawl and rachet but not how to order the part.

  8. Greg Trumphour - 09/8/2016 at 9:35 am

    I have power recline XR+. The plastic connector that allows the foot rest action to happen broke. I cannot find an exploded view of the lifting mechanics to obtain a part #. Your help with this is greatly appreciated. Best Regards Greg

  9. Richard Lyon - 09/26/2016 at 1:38 pm

    I had my chair reupholstered and now the back won’t recline. Where do I start?

  10. Franz Koch - 10/10/2016 at 7:34 pm

    I’m trying to find the swivel for a lazy boy recliner rocker 6 3/4 x 6 3/4″. any ideas?

  11. Lois kunstek - 11/20/2016 at 7:30 am

    How to replace the main shaft on recliner? The shaft that connected to the handle is broke…

  12. Linda Moore - 11/27/2016 at 10:10 pm

    Have a lazyboy recliner that is about 10 years old. Need a diagram of the mechanism that opens the footrest. SKU05512.
    ACK312090270-004-025. C clamp with spring broke. Need to know how it goes back on?

  13. Sandy addison - 05/10/2017 at 8:35 pm

    Cannot get my buttons to work letting chair recline etc

  14. cookie - 07/10/2017 at 11:18 am

    Not sure what is wrong. The back of one side of the laz y boy has separated. Any ideas as what it could be?

  15. Dawn Turnier - 08/6/2017 at 9:13 pm

    Our pull handle keeps gaming off. How do we get it to tighten again? Is there a wrench or rachet?

  16. Sherry - 06/23/2018 at 7:26 am

    So when we put foot rest up half way it falls down some. Can here it slipping ratchets We did find a metal piece under chair no clue where that goes. Any advice where to start

  17. Tom IGE - 10/19/2018 at 1:21 pm

    I bought my recliner at Monrovia on or about 5-6 years ago. I can’t locate the
    papers but it is not reclining and I want it repaired. Who or where can I contact?

  18. Dennis - 10/29/2018 at 6:38 pm

    A shoe got caught under my power recliner when it was being put down and now the foot rest will not go all the way down. What can I do to fix it?

  19. CHARLEY l CHAMBERLAIN - 03/20/2019 at 10:17 am

    I have a powered recliner on which the frame has broken away from the metal support structure on the bottom left. It appears to have sheared off of 3 studs or perhaps metal screws. Is there a manual or specific repair procedure for something like this.

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