Stairs are a potential hazard for seniors. Stair lifts are innovative devices that make the challenging task of mounting stairs easier for seniors. If you struggle with mobility issues, investing in a high-quality stairlift can make your life significantly easier and safer.
Like with any piece of equipment, continuous use and wear may prevent your stair lift from working properly. This can be avoided by doing regular maintenance. Keep your stair lift is good condition by keeping an eye out for these problems and following these tips.
Are you experiencing any of these problems with your stair lift?
- Odd noises that it doesn’t usually make.
- Error codes being displayed on the device.
- Slow start-time and juddering
- Bumpy rides
- Continuous beeping sound
If you are, that might mean there’s a problem with the machine. You should always refer to the device’s manual if you are experiencing any issues. The manual will help you troubleshoot the problem and come up with a solution.
Simple Maintenance Tips
Here are some maintenance tips to extend the lifespan of your stairlift:
- Make sure you clean the lift track frequently to keep the stair lift running smoothly. Use a damp duster and wipe it over the track and seat weekly. This will prevent excessive dirt and dust build-up. Don’t forget to turn off the device before you clean the track.
- Check the device’s moving parts like the swiveling seat, footrests, and arms. Ensure that your seat is not loose and does not wobble at all while you’re on it. The seat should have a seat locking mechanism which you should also check to ensure it locks properly. Every 3-6 months, you should lubricate the seat.
- Lubricate the track every few months to prevent movement issues. Don’t use any harsh chemicals or detergents because they may be too abrasive.
- Every once in a while, check every screw and mounting bolt and re-tighten them if you need too. Check the wheels and track to make sure they are in good condition and don’t have any damage. If any of the wheels aren’t rotating fully, replace them.
- If your lift has a trailing cable, make sure there aren’t any crack. The cable should always be kept out of the way so you don’t trip. For indoor cables, use talcum powder to lubricate. Silicone spray works best for outdoor trailing cables.
- Replace your stair lift’s batteries every 1-2 years depending on what the manual suggests. Always keep your battery charger in a cool and dry spot.
Stair lifts are a great addition to your home if you struggle with mobility. Not only that, but they are easy to take care of and most models come with a warranty in case of manufacturer defects. That said, routine maintenance is important and it will give your lift a much longer lifespan. But, always refer to your owner’s manual before messing with the inner workings of your stairlift. If in doubt, hire a professional - the cost of which could be covered by your warranty or manufacturer.