6 Tips on How to Maintain Your Power Wheelchair
Posted on April 13 2020
Here are 6 tips on how to maintain your power wheelchair.
1. Keep It Dry
Keep your power wheelchair dry and away from moisture. If liquids spill on the wheelchair, clean them up right away.
2. Check the Wheels/Tyres Regularly
Make sure wheels are in good functioning order. For power wheelchair with air tyres (pneumatic tyres), check and maintain the tyre pressure; for solid tyres, make sure the tyres have good tread. Replace the wheels/tyres if needed.
3. Check the Parts Regularly
Make sure bolts and electrical connections are secure at all times. Go to a repairer if something begins to loosen or does not seem right. Refer to the original manufacturers and dealers if you are going to replace the parts as otherwise the power wheelchair might not work or worse damage it.
4. Charge the Batteries
Try not to let batteries drain entirely before you recharge them. Better yet, avoid depleting batteries over 80% as that will damage the batteries quickly. Always keep the batteries at room temperature. Refer to the original manufacturers and dealers if you are going to replace the battery as cheap imitations might damage your power wheelchair.
5. Listen for Odd Sound
Familiarize yourself with the sound that your power wheelchair makes. If you hear an odd sound coming from your power wheelchair, make sure to check to see what is wrong. Go to a repairer and have it checked before the situation getting worse.
6. Keep the User Manual
Don’t throw away the user manual. You can keep it in the pocket at the back of the power wheelchair so you can refer when an emergency need arises for it.
Follow these tips will help to maintain your power wheelchair for a longer lifespan. However it is expected that eventually you will have to replace your power wheelchair due to age and tear.
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