Routine stairlift maintenance is essential if you would like it to work like it should and last a long time. Taking care of the routine elements can prevent serious problems from developing that you have to pay for. Such repairs can be expensive and sometimes, you may need a brand new motor or other replacement item. Often, that all could have been prevented if it was cared for right.
At the very least, stairlift maintenance should be done annually. However, if it is used daily or frequently, that is a long time to between checkups. You are better off getting it done every six months. If you have an older model, you may be encouraged to get it done quarterly. The price of such an inspection is generally very low cost so it is easy to budget for.
Find a service provider who you can trust and they have a good reputation. Ideally, one with longevity which shows they have been doing a great job for people with this type of product for a long time. They can share with you the service schedule recommended for your stairlift maintenance needs. It will depend on the brand, type, and other factors.
They should have a checklist of features they go through each time they come out to do the servicing. They can give you a full report and discuss anything that seems out of place. They can let you know if there is an issue they are concerned about and that needs further attention. Hopefully, all goes well and you can forget about it until the next scheduled service.
The product shouldn’t be altered in any way when it comes to the speed. The setting is consistent with safety testing and with the motor for the mechanism. If you alter it, you are compromising the value of what it will offer. You also put undue stress on that motor and it is likely to have to be replaced soon.
Alternations can also void any warranty you have remaining on the product. When stairlift maintenance is conducted, they will notice such changes so you aren’t going to get anything over on them. You don’t need to be in such a hurry to get up or down the stairs that you compromise the value of it or your own personal safety.
Report Anything Unusual
Even though you have stairlift maintenance on the schedule, you need to pay attention to the way your product works. If it is moving slowly, there are any odd smells, something doesn’t sound right, or you notice anything loose you need to get help for it immediately. Contact your service provider and let them know what is going on. They can make a house call to take a look.
When you notice anything out of the ordinary, it is best not to use it until it has been looked at. You can be compromising your safety as well as your ability to keep the product working like it should if you continue to use it under such conditions. Most service providers can come out in a day or two for a review of it.
Check it out on your own too for things such as loose bolts or it sounds like it may need to be oiled to stop a squeak. Since you use the lift often, you will know before anyone else when something just doesn’t seem right. Don’t ignore those issues as they will get worse as time progresses. Proper stairlift maintenance can save you money and add years to the life of the product.