Many households often face the problem of discarding old and unused stairlifts at home. Most of the time, it is because the users have passed on these equipments can make way for more physical space in the house. Therefore, the most convenient way out is to sell it to dealers of used devices. Most of these dealers will refurnish the used equipments before selling them to other home owners. However, if you were to buy direct from original home owners, you can get a more attractive and cheaper price. The catch is that you will have to pay for the removal service and learn how to recondition yourself for use. I will share with you some of the more important things to learn to recondition old stairlifts until they are as good as new.
Things to note about reconditioning
First, you need the correct set of tools to start the work. Stairlift is an electro-mechanical device that appears to be simple to the end user but, in fact, it can get quite complicated when you open up the system. Therefore, you need the right tools to do the right job. Tools such as spanner, wrench and screwdrivers are necessary to loosen the major parts. It is advisable not to touch the circuit board with your bare hands in case of electrocution. You should always use the tools to test first.
Second, you need to polish the track and remove any dirt or hair that are commonly found stuck at the edges. These will impede the movement as it moves along the track and accumulating a thick layer of hair will cause the device to jam while moving, posing a danger to the user. After removing the dirt, you can add some lubricant to the track which helps to smoothen the movement and provide anti rust protection.
Third, though not necessary, it is advisable to always change a new set of batteries, especially if the old one have not been changed one before. You can approach the manufacturer to find out the compatible battery models and replace accordingly. Old batteries have the tendency of leaking and causing short circuit to the, sometimes even fire.
Lastly, you can open up the side cover to view the circuit board and clean up the inside of the with a dry cloth. It is better if you have a dust remover that cleans the surface of dust completely with a swipe.
These tips should save you some money from hiring the experts for a simple job that can be accomplished with some tools and a little bit of hands on experience. These skills are useful for owners and can be applied to wheelchairs of any brands.
Owners of stairlifts often have to choose between self repairing or engage repair service whenever their devices give them problems. Some of the problems that you might have out of can be repaired yourself thereby eliminating the need to call in a repair service. There are a few things that you will want to do in order to know if the problem that you are having is one that you will be able to fix yourself or if you will require the assistance of a mechanic to get the problem fixed. There are certain repairs that you can learn to fix and there are certain tools that you will need to make some repairs.
Before you try to repair your own stairlift, it is important that you check the warranty. If you try to make the repairs needed you could void the warranty such that your product will not be covered if something major happens to it. Then you will have to pay for the major repairs out of your own pocket. We always advise customers who purchased older models to pay slightly more for a warranty. This is inexpensive and guarantees a peace of mind for owners in the first few years.
One minor problem that you might have is a power issue. Some users have power problems that disable the device. In fact, when there is a power issue the lift will not work at all because there is no power going to it to operate it.
Another problem that you might experience is a safety switch that is not functioning properly. If the safety switch is malfunctioning you will be putting your safety in jeopardy, so you will want to make sure that it gets fixed as soon as possible.
These are two minor repairs that you can make yourself without having to call in a repair service to fix them for you. In order to solve any power issues that you might be having you will want to check the power supply. If you are using an AC power supply then there could be something wrong with the wiring that you need to take a look at. If you are using a DC power supply then you might just need to check the battery to make sure that it is charged or does not need to be replaced. If there is something with the wiring of the AC power supply then you might want to call in a repair service and have them take a look at it if you are not experienced with electricity.
When you are making repairs to the safety switches, make sure to consult the owner’s manual. Each safety switch is different depending on the manufacturer and will require different steps in order for you to repair it.
If you are trying to decide whether to call in a repair service or to troubleshoot yourself, make sure that you check these two things out. You might find that the problem is a minor one which you are able to repair on your own and will be able to save a lot of money as a result.
There are some people who would rather do the repairs themselves while others would rather call a repair service and hire them to do the repairs. Either way you probably want to know how difficult it is to repair different parts of a stairlift, and how costly it is if you have to call in a service. There are different aspects that you will want to know about when it comes to the maintenance and repairs that have to be done.
Knowing the Parts Involved
It is important that you know what all of the parts are that might need to be repaired at one point or another. Either so that you can do the repairs yourself or so that you can describe them to the repair service that you call. Here are a few different components that make up every system.
One part that you need to know about is called the track. This is the part that facilitates the movement of your chair from the bottom of the stairs to the top of the stairs and vice versa. This is a very important part of the system, and if something goes wrong with it you will have to get it repaired before you can start using again.
Another important part of the system to know about is called the drive. This is what is used to give the motor power to move you along the track. Without the drive the motor will not be able to work and you will be stranded either at the top of the stairs, bottom of the stairs, or in between the top and bottom depending on where the drive stops working.
The power source is another important part of your stairlift and is needed to give the power to get you where you want to go. If your power source fails you will be stuck wherever you are when it goes out. You will not be able to get anywhere else if your power source stops working unless you have a backup battery.
These three components are the ones that people most frequently have troubles with. This is not to say that these things always go wrong, but it is saying that when something does go wrong it is usually one of these elements that is the problem.
If you have trouble with any part of your stairlift then you will need to have the expertise to be able to fix it yourself if you do not want hire someone to fix it for you. However, by hiring a repair service you will be able to use their experience and knowledge to get your equipment fixed quickly and the right way. If you own or are thinking of owning a stairlift then make sure you have a plan for the repairs that are going to need to be made.