Your power wheelchair is designed to give you years of service — provided you do your part to keep it running smoothly. Here are some things you should do and shouldn’t do to keep your chair in peak operating condition.
- Know your equipment: Read up on your particular power wheelchair’s features and the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. Familiarize yourself with your chair’s various components so that you’ll recognize what’s causing any particular problem.
- Keep things tight: Nuts, bolts and electrical connections need to be securely fastened at all times. If any of these start to loosen up, arrange for a repair visit.
- Stay charged: Your power wheelchair runs best when the battery is fully charged. When a battery is allowed to completely discharge, it can easily be damaged and may even have to be replaced. Make a battery recharge part of your regular routine.
- Allow your chair to get dirty: When dirt and debris begin to build up, a power wheelchair’s performance can start to suffer. Keep your chair clean by wiping down the metal components regularly.
- Get wet: Avoid operating your power wheelchair in the rain. Moisture can damage sensitive electrical connections and tends to promote rust. If you can’t avoid damp weather, bring along a plastic bag to cover your chair controls until you get home and can dry everything off.
- Get overinflated: Never overinflate your power wheelchair’s tires. This can shorten the life of the tires and put you at risk for a blowout. When filling your tires, avoid using a high-pressure air pump like those found at gas stations. Use a bicycle pump instead.
Still have questions about maintaining your power wheelchair? At Power Mobility and Lifts, our highly trained technicians have the answers. Our team provides mobility equipment sales and service in Phoenix and throughout the state of Arizona. And we make house-calls. Contact us for more information on how we can help you maintain your power wheelchair, scooter or lift.
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