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Common Flexsteel Recliner Problems & Their Solutions

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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There’s nothing better than relaxing in your favorite recliner after a busy day. Flexsteel recliners are known for their comfort and durability, making them one of the best recliners for sleeping, lumbar support, and pain relief. Nonetheless, like any other piece of furniture, they may develop problems with time. Thus, it’s essential to be aware of potential Flexsteel recliner problems that can occur to ensure timely resolutions and maintain their functionality.

In this post, we will explore common Flexsteel recliner problems, from upholstery defects to issues with reclining mechanisms and everything in between, discuss possible solutions, and provide preventive measures. Let’s dive right in!

What is a Flexsteel Recliner?

Flexsteel recliners are manufactured by Flexsteel Industries, an American furniture company. This renowned recliner brand prioritizes both comfort and durability in the design of its recliners, offering a cozy seating option that allows users to recline and unwind in different positions.

What is a Flexsteel Recliner

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Additionally, Flex steel recliners usually come with a strong frame, comfortable padding, and a mechanism that allows the chair to recline smoothly. Some Flexsteel recliners also offer features like built-in footrests, adjustable headrests, and power reclining. What makes these recliners unique is the company’s commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Now that we know what a Flexsteel recliner is let’s check out the common problems associated with this type of recliner.

6 Common Flexsteel Recliner Problems

Common Flexsteel Recliner Problems

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1. Noisy Reclining Mechanism

Over time, a Flex steel recliner may start making weird noises. The issue may be due to its age, loose or worn-out parts, unequal weight distribution, or inadequate lubrication. Whatever the reason, you can solve the issue by lubricating your recliner’s joints and springs, tightening any loose screws or bolts, or replacing the parts causing the issue.

 Firstly, try tightening the loose screws or bolts. Then, apply enough lubricant to the Flexsteel recliner locking mechanism to help reduce noise. Ensure you apply the lubricant gently and clean off the excess oil to avoid a mess.

If the issue persists, consider seeking professional assistance from a repair technician or a certified Flexsteel repair service.

2. The Recliner Isn’t Moving Smoothly or Is Stuck.

Usually, when you press a recliner’s control button, it adjusts to your desired position effortlessly. However, some parts of the recliner may sometimes become stiff and make it hard to move. We recommend applying some pressure to release its stiffness. If it doesn’t work, lubricating its joints and other moving parts is your next best bet.

It may also happen that your Flexsteel recliner is completely stuck. This may occur if the reclining chair is stubborn and does not budge. The situation can be annoying, and you might need to look for professional help.

3. Electrical Problems (in Power Recliners)

Power recliners may encounter electrical issues, making reclining or adjusting positions challenging. The root causes of this issue can be the recliner’s power button defects, faulty wiring, or power supply issues.

To resolve the electrical failure, check the power supply and ensure it’s working correctly. If your recliner’s power switch is malfunctioning, you may use an extension cord or consult an electrician to replace it.

If the issue persists, consult Flexsteel customer service for guidance on troubleshooting or potential repair options.

4. Padding and Cushion Problems

Over time, the padding and cushions in a Flexsteel recliner may sag or flatten, leading to reduced support and discomfort. Although adding more padding or support can help for a little while, we recommend seeking professional help to fix the underlying issue. They can check the state of the padding and recommend suitable ways to fix it.

5. Upholstery Problems

Although Flexsteel is high-quality furniture, the upholstery may experience seam or stitching problems, worn-out fabric, or general wear and tear. These problems can affect both the comfort and appearance of the recliner.

Common Flexsteel Recliner Problems

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Contact Flexsteel customer service for repair or replacement options if the recliner is still under warranty. For minor issues, local upholstery professionals can offer repairs, and additional support or padding can be added to improve comfort.

6. Flexsteel Recliner Control Mechanism Problem

If you have issues with the power button on your recliner, it can be because someone banged on it or something heavy was placed on it. If the button has an issue, you might be unable to switch it on smoothly.

To ensure the recliner receives a suitable supply, try unplugging and restarting it. Conversely, there may be a circuit board issue if you see the power button flickering before you detect the problem. This will need the intervention of a professional technician.

How to Address Flexsteel Recliner Problems

It’s essential to take the proper steps when fixing Flexsteel recliner problems.

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1. Contact Flexsteel Customer Service

When contacting customer care, get all the necessary information, such as the purchase details and the recliner’s model number. Also, describe the problem and provide supporting evidence like photos or videos to help speed up the process.

2. Warranty and Repair Options

Check to see if your recliner is covered under warranty. If so, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for replacement or repair. Flexsteel’s customer service can guide you through the warranty process and provide any further assistance.

3. DIY Troubleshooting and Temporary Fixes

Though not recommended for complex problems, some minor issues like insufficient lubrication or loose parts can be fixed through DIY methods. Applying suitable lubricants or tightening or realigning loose parts may provide temporary relief.

4. Seeking Professional Assistance

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If the problem is more significant or DIY methods prove ineffective, consult a local furniture repair professional or an upholsterer. They know how to diagnose and repair complex issues, ensuring the recliner lasts long and offers optimal functionality.

Frequently Asked Questions on Flexsteel Recliner Problems

1. How Long Does a Flexsteel Recliner Last?

The lifespan and durability of a Flexsteel recliner depend on different factors, such as frequency of use, quality of construction, maintenance, and individual circumstances. For instance, the 1.8-density foam found in some reclining chair cushions usually lasts about three years before losing density. Conversely, many Flexsteel reviews still state that users have owned their Flexsteel recliner for 15–20 years and are still pleased with it.

2. Are Flexsteel Recliners Good Quality?

Yes, Flexsteel recliners are considered good quality. The brand has earned a reputation for producing durable and long-lasting furniture. They use quality upholstery materials, high-density foam cushions, and sturdy frames to ensure comfort and durability.

3. What Are Flexsteel Recliners Made Of?

All Flexsteel chairs and sofas are built with the company’s proprietary Flexsteel technology, which uses all-riveted, high-carbon banded steel for unparalleled durability and comfort. Besides, the company’s original blue steel spring is constantly updated to reflect current furniture construction advances.

4. Do Flexsteel Recliners Have Battery Backup?

Yes. During a power outage, the battery backup system activates automatically. Flexsteel recliners have a backup system powered by two 9-volt batteries (not included) that must be installed in the external transformer.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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