Like any piece of machinery, lift chairs need a certain amount of regular maintenance to keep them functioning properly. While there are some maintenance issues that need to be addressed by a trained professional, there are plenty of things you can do at home to keep your lift chair in good shape.
If you own a lift chair and want to make sure it lasts as long as possible, make sure you keep the following tips in mind:
- First and foremost always unplug your chair before cleaning or performing maintenance. If your lift chair has backup batteries (most do), make sure to remove those too.
- When your lift chair is plugged in, make sure it is plugged into a grounded outlet to avoid power surge issues. Additionally, never plug your chair into an extension cord of any kind.
- Almost all lift chairs have backup batteries. Most use 9-volt batteries that don’t work very well or very long, so consider swapping those out for a lithium-ion backup battery to ensure you can use your chair whenever you need to. Those 9-volts only work one time guaranteeing you an inconvenient time swapping out your batteries.
- Take care of the fabric by cleaning up spills and messes as soon as they happen. Make sure your chair is unplugged and that you’re using a cleaner appropriate for your chair’s fabric before you begin.
- Dust the motor, hand control, and cord once a month. Put your chair in an upright position, unplug it, and use a damp rag to remove dust buildup.
- Never let water or any other liquid touch your chair’s electronic components. If your chair is plugged in and liquid is spilled, it could cause your chair to malfunction and result in an injury to the user.
- Keep your remote in good shape by testing it frequently and inspecting the remote cord for frays or tears. If the cord is frayed or your remote quits working, contact Certified Medical for help.
- Keep your hand control on the chair seat or in the chair pocket if your lift chair has one. Leaving it on the floor can result in your control getting stepped on or broken!
Most Important Step with Your Lift Chair
Last but not least, listen to your chair. Strange noises or funny sounds can be an indicator of a problem. If you notice anything that seems odd about the way your chair is functioning, Certified Medical has you covered. We have plenty of lift chair parts in stock, including motors and remotes, and our service department is filled with trained professionals who are happy to help.
If you need help with medical equipment or lift chair repair in Ocala, FL or The Villages, give our team a call at 352-237-4146.
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