A power wheelchair can allow people who are disabled to have the complete mobility they long for without the struggle of manual wheelchairs. Knowing how to care for these special motorized chairs can help to prolong their life and keep them working as they should. Proper care can also help to prevent voiding the warranty.
One of the most crucial areas that need to be maintained on a power wheelchair is the battery. If the battery is not properly maintained, it can lead to malfunctions with the chair. The battery of a wheelchair needs to be kept charged. It is best to charge the chair each night while you sleep, even if your chair is not being used for long periods. For long-term storage, the battery should be removed.
Once a week, owners should perform these maintenance chores:
* Check the wheels to make sure there is no damage or too much wear. The tire pressure also needs to be checked and air should be added as needed.
* The manual brakes should each be checked to make sure they stop the operation of the wheelchair.
* All wiring should be inspected to make sure there is no damage.
* The electric wheelchair should also be cleaned to ensure it stays in good shape. Any spills need to be cleaned up immediately so they do not cause permanent stains or damage.
It is a good idea to have an electric wheelchair professionally inspected at least once a year. This will help to safeguard against any problems that may cause unsafe operation. If any issues are found, they can be repaired so the chair is fully operational.
Using these tips can keep a power wheelchair working properly so it provides safe and reliable service. When in doubt on how to maintain a chair, always refer to the owner’s manual or speak with the manufacturer for assistance.