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    Default Recliner won't stay back

    I have an H&M recliner that is maybe 6 years old and it leans back and raises the foot rest fine, but then when you push back more to get the back to go down into more of a reclined position, it goes down but then sits back up as soon as you stop pushing. It is like the spring or strut has too much pressure or something and won't stay in the more reclined position. Anyone have any ideas on how I can go about fixing this?

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    Default Re: Recliner won't stay back

    Sounds like it needs a Booster Spring. What model recliner is it? If no model #, then can you post a photo or two so it can be identified?
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    Default Re: Recliner won't stay back

    Thanks Duane. It is a Woodbridge / 1021. If that is what it is, how hard are they to replace? Anything I can check underside to see if things are connected right?

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    Default Re: Recliner won't stay back

    # 1021 has a pair of springs on it one left, one right. Try taking one off - it will only take a couple seconds and all you need is pliers. See how that works for you and if it solves the problem.

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    Default Re: Recliner won't stay back

    Thanks for the photo Duane, very helpful. I disconnected one of the springs and now it stays fully reclined! I guess it had too much tension? Is there a downside to staying with just one, perhaps more pressure on only one side of the mechanism?

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    Default Re: Recliner won't stay back

    No downside, if that works for you then use it like that. The springs are an assist, they are not part of the function of the mechanism in normal operation
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    Default Re: Recliner won't stay back

    That is great, thank you Duane.

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    Default Re: Recliner won't stay back

    Hi Duane. I too have a similar issue as Danw99 with a recliner that doesn't stay in a reclined position and I don't weigh enough to hold it back.

    I ordered and recently received a Bradington Young - Laconica 7050 swivel rocker recliner. I hadn't noticed that it didn't stay in a reclined position while sitting in a model on the showroom floor.

    Do you have any suggestions for this particular model regarding its recliner mechanism? Didn't want to remove any springs since I don't know enough about this particular model. Thanks so much for weighing in on this with your professional expertise.

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    Default Re: Recliner won't stay back

    The 7050 has a wall-hugger mechanism, so it operates completely differently and with a "trip" style mechanism. The spring trick will probably not work on a wall hugger. I recommend all wall huggers be purchased motorized, as the mechanical mechanisms are fussy on them. Sorry, no tips on that one - contact you selling dealer and ask them to call B-Y to see if they have any tips. Good luck.
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    Default Re: Recliner won't stay back

    Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated.

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