If you have limited mobility, a power wheelchair can improve your quality of life and help you get back to doing things you enjoy the most. Whether you have qualified for a power wheelchair through insurance or purchased your equipment out of pocket, a power wheelchair is a major investment which is why it is important to pay close attention to any and all maintenance needs for your chair. If you have questions on how to care for your power wheelchair you’re in the right place!
Does my power wheelchair have a warranty?
Most power wheelchairs come standard with limited warranties. A common limitation will apply to any damage the power wheelchair sustains outdoors; excessive dirt build up, water damage,etc. When caring for your power wheelchair it is important to understand that your power wheelchair is not meant to be used in lieu of a motor vehicle so using it to drive to and from errands is a liability and more than likely will not be covered for repairs should any damage occur.
When caring for your power wheelchair it is important to understand your chair’s warranty, however, most warranties will cover replacements of loose armrests, damaged joysticks, and torn seat cushions, but will not extend warranty coverage to owner negligence.
Power wheelchair battery care
A major component when caring for your power wheelchair is battery replacement. If you qualified for a power wheelchair through insurance you are in luck! Medicare in particular will cover new batteries for your power wheelchair after you have owned the device for one year, and then once every six months following.
The battery in your power wheelchair is an intricate component and if not properly maintained can lead to many other problems with your power wheelchair. The battery in your power wheelchair can become over-worn if you operate your device at top speeds frequently or leave it plugged into the charger for longer than recommended. When caring for your power wheelchair be sure to avoid using top speed unless absolutely necessary and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging your device.
Other considerations when caring for your power wheelchair
- Address any moisture or spills that occur immediately. The electronics of your power wheelchair will be compromised by excess moisture or liquid.
- Check the wheels of your power wheelchair monthly to ensure they are properly attached and still maintaining their intended shape. Should your wheels become uneven, check the nuts and bolts that are holding the chair together to ensure they are tight.
How you care for your power wheelchair will affect the longevity of your device. These tips and tricks should help; however, if you have more issues or questions when caring for your power wheelchair, our repairs department is available to walk you through any issues you are having. And not to forget, if you or a loved one could benefit from the use of a power wheelchair, we are here to help! Fill out the Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our certified Mobility Specialists will contact you regarding your insurance benefits and discuss your options. We look forward to hearing from you!