How to Reset and Repair a Massage Chair?

How do you feel about getting a body massage after a long and hectic day? It would be amazing. Isn’t it?

As refreshing as the thought is, don’t you think visiting a spa every other day is a hassle? Apart from driving to the spa or wellness club, there’s also a hefty amount of money that you’d be paying.

No wonder such practices can take a toll on your bank account. The question is, what can you do about it? How can you get a relaxing massage in the comfort of your home?

Alright. Have you ever considered buying a massage chair? You may not be aware of it, but a massage chair is a complete spa on its own, given the technological advancements these days.

A lot of people now have massage chairs in their homes. Although it seems like a pretty fascinating idea, do you know how much it takes to maintain a massage chair? After all, it’s a machine and requires regular maintenance. Oh, and it requires a little resetting too, not often, but once or twice after a few months.

How can you reset a massage chair? The question is quite confusing in itself. Well, a massage chair doesn’t really require frequent mechanical maintenance, all you need to do is learn a little bit of troubleshooting, and you’ll be good to go.

7 Massage Chair Problems You Need to Know

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First thing first, you don’t need to be a massage chair expert in order to reset or fix minor issues related to your massage chairs. I have been using the Human Touch Super Novo for about two years now, and trust me; it’s doing just fine.

The only thing you require is to learn the basics and be mindful of what you’re doing when resetting a massage chair. That’s about it.

Even though a massage chair is relatively smooth in its functioning, it is a machine at the end of the day. As a family, we have been using massage chairs for years now, so let me highlight a few issues that you may come across.

I’m mentioning it according to my personal experience, so it can be different for you. Still, I believe you should be aware of all these tiny bitsy details.

Although rare, your massage chair can run out of power.

You may experience a few temperature issues with your massage chair, considering the power source.

It may create unfamiliar sounds that indicate an underlying issue.

It sometimes may not respond well to the remote control system or mobile app.

The wiring of your massage chair or the massage chair itself may get overheated due to the electric flow.

The upholstery of your massage chair may fade away with time.

Lastly, the auto timer of your massage chair may not work as well as it should at times.

I know it may sound a little overwhelming but what you don’t know is that you can fix all such issues by yourself without wasting any money on getting professional help.

Also, there are times when your massage chair messes up with you for no reason. For example, when I had a Kahuna LM6800S, it used to make quite unusual sounds. I got it checked several times, and guess what? It was absolutely okay, and the problem was with my power cord.

What I want you to know is that there is nothing to be worried about. Just make sure not to ignore all the signs I’ve mentioned above.

Needless to say, buying a massage chair is a significant investment. Hence, taking care of it is mandatory. I’m sure you wouldn’t want your money going down the drain, or would you?

How to Reset a Massage Chair?

how to reset a massage chair

If your massage chair has any of the above-mentioned issues, you can always reset it to the factory settings. First of all, make sure the massage chair is switched off, and it is not in use.

Okay. Now that you have the massage chair on its own, switch on its power as well as the kneading button. Be sure to hold the power and kneading button for 5-10 seconds.

After that, you’ll get to see an error icon on the remote control system of your massage chair. You’ll also find your massage chair slightly vibrating at this point. Call it a diagnostic protocol of the device!

It will reset your massage chair and remove all the previously set massage programs. It is a pretty convenient step that will save you from getting into any further problems.

Furthermore, the process of resetting a massage chair varies from brand to brand.

A lot of massage chairs are switched on and off by a single button, while others bring along various buttons for different settings.

A Few Troubleshooting Tricks

As a matter of fact, using a massage chair has plenty of health benefits. Yes, a massage chair is a pretty durable device, but it still won’t last for long if inappropriately used. Henceforth, I’d say you must not use it roughly and take the required safety precautions.

Let’s start with assembling the massage chair first. Do you know a lot of massage chairs come partially assembled? Thus, you may have to attach the arms, leg rest, or headrest yourself.

Once your massage chair is assembled correctly, be sure to set a particular massage program using the given buttons or remote. This way, you won’t have to set a new massage program every time while using it. Smart thing, eh?

If you want to remove the preset massage program, simply press the power button twice, and it will be removed. It is precisely what I mentioned above; it is the safest way to reset a massage chair.

Other than that, there is also a STOP button on most massage chairs or their remotes. It is specifically designed for emergencies. In case the massage chair is not working properly, the massage intensity is too high, or it is making unusual sounds, make sure to end the massage immediately using the stop button.

How to Repair a Massage Chair?

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Let’s address the elephant in the room; I hope we’re clear on it that you can encounter several issues while using a massage chair. It isn’t anything to be worried about as you can quickly fix all the tiny bitsy issues at home.

Before going into the details, I would like to ask you something. Do you know what parts of a massage chair are repairable? Well, the following are the four parts of a massage chair that you can fix all by yourself:

  • The massage chair motor
  • The heating system
  • The remote control system
  • The massage chair cord

Now let me shed light on a few common massage chair issues along with their fixes so that you know what you need to do in the following scenarios:

In case the massage features are not working correctly:

If your massage chair makes unpleasant sounds or its features are not responding well, turn it off and perform a little troubleshooting.

For the unusual sounds, refit the air pump by opening the hose tubes of your massage chair. You can also clean the air pump if it has dirt inside. Once done, monitor its sound for a few days to ensure it is correctly fixed.

For the massage chair features not responding, try adjusting the position of the rollers and airbags a little. A lot of times, they don’t respond well just because they’re incorrectly placed.

In case the heating feature is not working:

It is the easiest to figure out if the heating feature of the massage chair is working properly. Try having a chair massage therapy with a heating feature and check if it warms you up properly. If it isn’t working, consult a massage chair expert to get it fixed, or you can get it replaced altogether.

In case the remote is not working:

Your massage chair’s remote requires a proper cable connection, and it is precisely why a lot of times it doesn’t work smoothly due to the issues with the cable connection. So before bringing in a new remote, please ensure you have a stable cable connection.

Also, a number of massage chairs these days offer LED remotes. One of the primary issues with LED remotes is that their LED light sometimes fails to respond. In the event of the LED light not working, you can either get it repaired or bring a new one home.

Oh, and if a massage chair doesn’t work, it is usually not the remote but the massage chair itself.

Although massage chairs are pretty easy to manage, all you need to do is keep the tips and tricks I’ve shared above in mind, and you’ll be good to go for years ahead. Rest assured, a massage chair doesn’t really require much maintenance, so there won’t be an issue in keeping one. Have a wonderful day, my pals.


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