When an office chair breaks, most people opt to buy a new one rather than fix or repair the old one. Once your chair breaks, the first thing that you should do is consult the chairs’ manual. You should never ignore minor problems as they can lead to discomfort when seated and even cause health problems. Most ergonomic chairs usually come with a manual that consists of guidelines for fixing minor office chair malfunctions. In most cases, these minor malfunctions do not require the assistance of a professional. With just simple tools such as an adjustable wrench, screw driver, pry bar and pipe wrench, you can repair most of this malfunctions easily at home with the help of the manual.
If the malfunction involves making an adjustment, ergonomic office chairs are often fitted with numerous adjustment knobs. These knobs help to adjust the seats height, tilt as even the armrests. The manual of your chair provides step-by-step guides and detailed diagrammatic representation of every part of the chair that may ask for minor repairs. When buying your chair, you must check that the manufacturer has provided a manual for the chair. Besides the manual, there are other essential tips that can help you in repairing and fixing minor office chair malfunctions.
One of the most common office chair problems is broken caster wheels. This is mainly due to use of the chair for heady duty purposes or even multi-tasking jobs. When you have had a hard time steering or rolling your office chair, the only solution is changing them. Turn over the chair and determine the cause of the problem. You may realize that the wheels were being hindered by a small rock. The wheels can also be stuck by hair, which you will only need to remove to get your chair rolling smoothly again. In case you do not identify the hindering object, you will need to detach the casters.
Taking off the caster wheels will help you find the hindering object better. In addition, you will be able to clean the wheels properly as well as lubricate the chair. Turn the wheels to distribute evenly your lubricant. Remember also to lubricate the wheel’s rod and even the hole it goes into.
Having a stained or ripped office chair fabric can devalue the appearance and quality of your executive chair. One of the best ways of solving the problem is by placing a cover over the ripped fabric to give your chair a new appearance. There are numerous online tutorials that you can use when putting a chair cover. You only need to buy your preferred fabric, cut it into shape and then staple or sew it over the old fabric. On the other hand, you can buy a ready-made cover from the store, and get a professional to fix it for you.
Most ergonomic office chairs will often give a warning when their gas cylinders need to be changed. For instance, you may notice that your chair lowers when you sit on it, right after using the chair’s lever to raise the seat height. Another common warning is when your chair lowers or raises even when the lever is not being used. You may also notice that your chair does not respond when using the adjustment lever. These defects are often as a result of leaking gas cylinders or faulty seals.
You do not need to toss your office chair away when its lift mechanism is broken. To rebuild the lift mechanism, you will first need to disassemble it so that you can measure your cylinder size before ordering a new one. To disassemble, you will only need a pipe wrench and needle-nose pliers. After replacing your gas cylinder, remember to slide on the rubber bumpers and install the telescoping trim bezel. Before installing the bearing back on their rods, lubricate it properly and place the column and the pedestal base. Secure the piston rod with a spring clip and a washer and turn the seat up. When you sit on it, your weight will help drive your replaced gas cylinder back into the seat retainer.
Other common office chair problems such a loose armrests and back can be fixed using a screw driver to tighten the screw, bolts as well as turnstile. If you find the bolt too hard to turn, you can loosen them up by spraying a lubricant on them. Stripped bolts should be replaced immediately so that you can easily tighten them in future.
I am James Crook, 31 years old from the United States of America. I am a blogger who love writing about chair and related topics.