Can you perform maintenance on your massage chair at home, or is it recommended to have a professional handle it?

Can You Perform Maintenance on Your Massage Chair at Home?

Many people invest in massage chairs, but are not sure if they can perform basic maintenance tasks at home or if it is better to seek professional help. In this article, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of each maintenance path.

DIY Maintenance

Taking on a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to massage chair maintenance tasks may seem like a good idea initially, but there are several risks associated with it. Doing your own maintenance could void the warranty, lead to worse performance, and even endanger the user if caution is not taken.

Warranty Disclaimer

Before attempting any maintenance jobs on your massage chair, it is essential to check the manufacturer’s warranty. Most companies who sell massage chairs will explicitly state that the user must utilize professional technicians to understand warranty coverage. Most warranties consider DIY maintenance a breach of the contract, leaving the user with little to no protection against the risks associated with repairing the massage chair.

Adequacy of Repair

When replacing components, it is important to ensure they meet the same specifications as the original part. Small mistakes often go unnoticed, and the massage chair may appear to be working correctly, but the user may still experience unanticipated performance. Minor repairs, such as cleaning and replacing certain parts, may be carried out by the user, but greater caution is required when working on mechanical and electrical elements of the massage chair.

User Safety

Finally, many massage chairs contain powerful electrical components that are highly sensitive and require specialized working knowledge. Incorrect electrical maintenance often leads to broken parts, electric shock, and even fire hazard.

Leave It to the Professionals

Given the risks associated with DIY maintenance, it is highly recommended to have a qualified professional handle the massage chair repair.

Low Risk

With a professional massage chair technician, you can rest assured that the maintenance will be performed according to the manufacturer’s guidelines to safely and effectively repair your massage chair.

Comprehensive Check

In addition to the repair job, a qualified massage chair technician will be able to run comprehensive diagnostics that checks the functionality and safety of the chair, ensuring the user will not be exposed to any hidden faulty components.

Reliable Work

Most professional massage chair technicians guarantee the satisfaction of the job, and will quickly replace any parts or repair any issues encountered due to their work. This is a great alternative as long as the warranty is still valid.

What are the negative effects of massage chairs?

Excessive use is known to lead to muscle damage, inflammation, and bruised tissues in addition to causing harm to the internal massage chair motor. So, take it slow and easy with your massage chair, especially when you’re using it for the first time. The cost of overuse does not outweigh any perceived benefit. Also, people who are pregnant, have significant injuries, and those with fragile bones or at risk for blood clots should speak to their doctor before using a massage chair.

How long does a massage chair last?

In general, Massage Chairs have a life expectancy of around 10-20 years. However, regular maintenance and upkeep can greatly extend that timeline. To ensure the best longevity of your Massage Chair, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for care and maintenance.

How do you service a massage chair?

How to Maintain a Massage Chair If you can remove any of the upholstery or cushions, do so, Clean those piece thoroughly away from the chair, Sweep out any dirt or animal hairs in the nooks and crannies, When your chair is made with natural or delicate materials, use a mild soap with water to clean the surface , Dry completely before you put the pieces back in place, Vacuum the rest of the chair, Use a soft brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner in order to avoid scratching the fabric or any painted surfaces, Wipe down all of the surfaces of the chair with a dry microfiber cloth.

Are there any specific tools needed to perform maintenance on a massage chair?

Yes, depending on the type of massage chair, the specific tools can vary. Generally, some basic tools you should have on hand include a Phillips-head screwdriver, Allen wrenches, a ratchet, needle-nose pliers, and a small vacuum cleaner. Additionally, massage chair manufacturers often sell specialty tools that are designed to perform specific types of maintenance such as adjusting components, lubricating parts, or replacing certain parts. It is important to consult the owner’s manual or speak to the manufacturer to determine what type of specialty tools are necessary.


In conclusion, DIY maintenance is not recommended for massage chairs due to warranty considerations and user safety risks. To ensure your massage chair is working correctly and safely, it is advisable to hire a qualified professional massage chair technician. Doing so will not only guarantee a reliable repair job and comprehensive checkup, but also provide peace of mind that your warranty remains intact.


BME. Wajih Habrah

BME. Wajih Habrah

I'm a passionate biomedical engineer with a love for writing about medical and wellness equipment. I have been fascinated by the intersection of engineering and wellness, and pursued my education in biomedical engineering to learn how to design, develop and maintain medical devices that improve patient health and well-being.

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