You can replace a standing desk motor, but it's difficult to find original replacement parts.
You can also replace a standing desk motor with a universal version, or you can replace the entire leg for a quick and easy solution.
In this article, we make sure you know when it is time to replace your standing desk motor and point out everything you need to know about finding the right parts.
We also explore alternative solutions that are easier to perform.
Diagnosing the Problem
Before you jump right into replacing the motor of your standing desk, take the time to make sure the problem is not simpler than that.
A standing desk motor usually won’t go out without warning, so a sudden stop relates to other issues.
Start by paying attention to any specifics in your manual that tell you when the desk will go into standby mode or the maximum time it can spend at once.
Standing desks usually conserve energy by entering standby or resting after a few minutes of consistent use.
If you’re just starting to use your standing desk, note that excessive lifting up and down can trigger the desk to rest. It’s more likely the desk is in rest mode than it is you burned up the motor.
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If this is not the problem, move on to check the power connections of the desk and ensure you aren’t past load capacity.
Ensuring Proper Connections:
Even if your standing desk moves up and down, check out all the power connections. These can easily come loose, interrupting the energy available to your desk.
Check first to see if anything is disconnected. If so, return the plug to the right position and test the desk again.
You should also be on the lookout for:
Any of these issues can cause your standing desk not to operate properly, and you should address them before moving to replace the motor.
You can also try unplugging the standing desk and letting it sit for 10 seconds to try a soft reset on the system.
Checking Load Capacity:
Most standing desks list a specific load capacity that you cannot exceed. This number related more to the motor’s capability, not the surface of the desk.
Most standing desk motors are powerful enough to handle loads around 150 lbs, but this changes depending on your specific model.
If you overload the motor, it can shut off as a precautionary measure.
This can happen if you set something on the desk without thinking about the maximum load, or if you keep a lot of heavy components on your desktop.
If you think this is the problem, try removing some of the heavier items and soft reset the desk.
It should function as normal, but if it doesn’t, you’ll need to move on to replacing the motor.
Level of Difficulty
The answer to the question “can you replace a standing desk motor” is a quick and easy “yes.”
The better question to ask is, “do you want to jump through hoops to replace a standing desk motor?”
Most companies source their parts from overseas, and exporters in these countries need to keep up with supplying parts to several companies at once.
Even if you can order a replacement part, it may take weeks or months to get to you.
This is why some opt to replace the legs of the chair instead. These are more available than the motor itself, and you can swap out different legs to use different motors.
You can also try to find a universal DC motor, but it can take some time to find the right size.
You also want to make sure it easily accommodates a high load and moves quietly.
There are plenty of options, but finding something that ticks all the boxes is not an effortless task.
How to Fix or Replace a Standing Desk Motor
There are three ways to address motor problems with your standing desk:
- Resetting the desk
- Replacing the motor
- Replacing the legs
We suggest starting by resetting the standing desk motor because this is the least-intensive solution and you don’t need to invest in new parts.
Resetting Your Standing Desk Motor:
Most manufacturers explain the process for resetting your standing desk in the instruction manual, so start there before trying the steps listed below.
They often use the same process, but it can differ depending on the brand.
Remove everything from the desk and the surrounding area.
This limits variables that can hinder desk movement and will allow you to set positions properly if resetting fixes the problem.
Unplug the desk, then wait at least 30 seconds. Take this time to make sure all the cords and plugs connect properly.
Plug the desk in after waiting for the allotted time, then move it at low as possible. The desk should be properly reset, and you can help it remember the needed positions.
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If this does not work, you need to decide whether you will replace the motor or the legs.
Replacing Your Standing Desk Motor:
To replace the motor of the standing desk, start by making sure you can find an appropriate motor.
Contact the seller to see if they know anything about buying replacement parts.
You can also check with the manufacturer for a quick response and a greater chance of finding OEM parts.
Speaking with a mechanic can help point you in the right direction to find a universal replacement.
This also provides you the opportunity to upgrade the quality of your standing desk.
When you find an appropriate motor, move backward through your assembly instructions until you reach the point where you installed the motor.
Install the new motor, then reassemble your standing desk.
Replacing Standing Desk Legs:
Sometimes it is difficult to find a replacement motor for your standing desk or it will take weeks for the replacement motor to arrive.
Replacing the legs of your standing desk provides you the opportunity to get a replacement part faster and reduces the pressure to find an appropriate replacement.
Again, locate an appropriate replacement through the manufacturer or retailer.
You have more leeway here as long as you can find legs that fit your desk and do not require a 1 for 1 swap.
Remove the legs from your desk and replace them with the new ones, and you can return to normal operation.