Stair lift components can wear out over time through frequent use. Proper maintenance can keep your stair lift in top condition and ensure that it will always function reliably and safely. Here are some maintenance tips for your stair lift.
The tracks on your stair lift should be lubricated every three months. Be sure to disable the stair lift before you lubricate the tracks. Wipe the tracks with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or pet hair before lubricating them. If you have an indoor stair lift, you can use Lubriplate brand lubricant. If you use a stair lift outdoors, petroleum jelly is recommended. You might need to lubricate your stair lift tracks more often than every three months if you use it outdoors or in a dirty environment.
Check the tracks and wheels to be sure they are in good condition. If a wheel does not rotate freely, it should be replaced.
Check the swivel seat for any broken components and replace them if necessary. A swivel seat should be greased every six to 12 months, depending on the environment and how often the stair lift is used.
If the stair lift has trailing cables, check them for cracks. If you have indoor trailing cables, lubricate them with talcum powder. Use silicone spray for outdoor trailing cables.
Check your owner’s manual to find out how often the batteries in your stair lift should be replaced. Batteries generally last one to two years.
Inspect all mounting bolts and screws to be sure they are tight, and make adjustments if necessary.
Read your owner’s manual before performing any routine maintenance on your stair lift. It will have instructions on any specific maintenance requirements for your particular model of stair lift and will tell you how often components need to be inspected, serviced, and replaced. Failing to perform certain routine maintenance could void your warranty.