Signs You May Need a New Stair Lift Refurbishment or Repairs
For those who live at home yet require some extra assistance getting up and down the stairs, a stairlift can be extremely useful. Installing a stairlift in the home can help people move easily and comfortably between floors without the fear of slipping or falling; it’s the perfect addition for those who want to maintain their independence in their own home, yet require that little bit of extra help getting up and down the stairs.
As with anything, there does come a time when a stairlift refurbishment or a service is needed. Over time, stairlifts suffer from wear and tear and their parts can become damaged and worn. To ensure the chair remains safe to use, it’s important to keep an eye out for the tell-tale signs your stairlift needs replacing or repairing.
If you or someone you know owns a stairlift and you’re not quite sure what to look out for, we’ve got you covered. Read on for all the signs that indicate you’re in need of a new stair lift refurbishment.
The lift frequently stops when moving up the stairs
If you’ve noticed your stairlift struggles to move up the stairs or it’s beginning to run slow, it’s time for a service. Even if your lift has no trouble moving down the stairs and only stops a few times when going up, it’s important to ask a professional to inspect it for you. A slow lift that struggles to move up is often a sign the internal lift batteries need replacing – and while this may sound like an easy task, this is something that should only be done by an experienced and professional technician.
When replacing the battery, a technician will also inspect the charging circuit and power supply along with related safety circuits to check there are no further issues and the chair is safe to use.
There are obvious signs of damage
Stairlifts are robust and, often, they’ll continue to work even if parts are cracked, broken or damaged. However, you should never ignore signs of damage; this can be very dangerous and put the stairlift user at great risk. If you’ve noticed any signs of damage, such as a broken seat spring or any cracked or broken parts, it’s important to pay attention to them. The longer you leave a problem, the worse it will get and the more dangerous it will become.
If you notice any signs of damage, you should get in touch with a professional right away. An experienced technician will have the skills and expertise to work out what has caused the damage and replace each part, ensuring you remain safe on your stairlift.
The stairlift is making a beeping noise
A beeping noise is not to be ignored – in fact, this sound is designed to get your attention and alert you to the fact the batteries are not charging correctly. There are a number of things that could be causing this, from a faulty power supply to a lack of power at the outlet entirely.
When you hear the beeping noise, the first thing you should do is check the outlet for power. This could save you from calling out the professionals. However, if you’re not sure what to do or the lift continues to beep, it’s best to get in touch with the professionals to get to the root of the problem.
You can hear a scraping sound
With the above in mind, there are other sounds to look out for too. A scraping sound is never a good sign. Not only is it unpleasant to hear, but ignoring it will only lead to further damage and problems down the line. Getting in touch with a technician to service the chair for you will prevent additional damage to the lift.
A scraping sound can be caused by a number of different things, with the most common causes being worn rollers or internal parts that are out of alignment. The cause of the scraping sound can also depend on the make and model of your stairlift.
There is exposed wiring
Your stairlift should look like it did when you first bought it. This means no loose or rattling parts, no cracks and definitely no exposed wiring. If you’ve noticed exposed wiring, it’s time for a stairlift service or refurbishment. Over time, exposed wiring will eventually break and prevent the lift from moving. This could be particularly dangerous if you are only halfway up the stairs. It’s also possible the wiring could short on metal, leading to even more problems and resulting in even higher repair costs – something you’ll likely want to avoid at all costs.
The stairlift has loose covers
The covers on your stairlift should never be loose, broken or rattle around. This can make the chair more difficult to use and cause problems when moving up and down the stairs. Some covers should move to detect an object, however, this doesn’t mean the covers should be loose at any point. It’s also important to make sure there are no missing fasteners.
If you’re worried about the covers on your stairlift or you’ve noticed they’re broken, a professional can replace them for you to ensure you can continue to use your stairlift safely and easily.
You’ve noticed any unusual movement or sounds
Over time, you’ll become familiar with the normal sounds and feel of your stairlift and how it operates. If you use your stairlift daily, you’ll know what feels normal and what doesn’t. If you notice or feel any strange or unusual movement or sounds when using your stairlift, it’s important to pay attention to them. Unusual sounds or movements are usually an indication there is a bigger underlying problem that requires professional attention.
Even if the stairlift appears to operate normally and with no issues, it’s worth calling out a technician to inspect the chair for you.
Euro Lifts Ltd: Custom-Made New and Used Stairlifts For Homes in the South West
At Euro Lifts Limited, we understand the importance of maintaining your independence in your home. We’re proud to be experts at installing both straight and curved stairlifts for residential and commercial properties. No matter what type of stairway you have, our team of experts can help you improve your quality of life.
We supply, install, maintain and repair a broad range of stairlifts, ensuring we can accommodate any requirement. If you can’t afford to invest in a brand new home lift, we also have a selection of refurbished options available, each of which is rigorously tested and fully approved for quality and safety.
We’re more than happy to visit your home or site free of charge to discuss your requirements and offer recommendations. After installation, we offer extended maintenance services, exceptional warranties and a 24-hour support service to ensure you are always able to move freely around your home.
To learn more about us and our services, visit our website.