Recliner problem

About 15 years ago, I bought a recliner chair (not a La-Z-Boy) recliner at a department store.
The foot-rest has become very hard to raise and lower using the handle. The foot-rest also raises all by itself -- without using the handle -- becoming a tripping hazard.
How can I frix these problems?
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That depends on what the problem is. Could be something loose underneath, like screws holding the mechanism pulling out of the frame. Or a spring getting weak. Or a lever on the pin getting worn, or the fulcrum point getting worn.
Have you turned it over and investigated? Have you seen any parts on the floor under it?
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