By Zach Collins
If you or someone you know has a power wheelchair, you know that an important part of
owning a power wheelchair is the maintenance and upkeep of the chair, in order to ensure that
everything is always in working order. For that, we here at Aeroflow have a couple of handy tips
to make sure that your chair is always running smoothly.
One of the best ways to keep watch of how your chair is doing is to listen carefully to the
sounds it makes when you’re using it. The best thing to do would be to note what the chair
sounds like when you first receive it and everything is working properly. As the chair begins
to age and gathers wear and tear from use, take note of what sounds different now. Does the
motor seem to run slower? Does it grind when you turn right? Anything is helpful in order to
diagnose what kind of issues it has, so that you know what to either fix yourself, or can easily
tell the mechanic what the problem is.
Effects of Location
People who use their power wheelchairs in Phoenix will have a much different experience
than those in Buffalo or Miami or San Francisco. For people who live in wet, humid climates,
it’s important to keep a watchful eye for rust, since the moisture can affect the metal parts
of the chair, much like a car. For those who live in cold climates, it’s important to clean the
undercarriage near where the wires are in order to avoid salt corrosion from the roads.
Whatever the climate is where you live, keep this is mind when maintaining your power
If your power wheelchair has any moving parts, such as an elevating legrest, an adjustable
armrest, adjustable seat or back, or whatever it may be, it’s important to note that these parts
will wear down faster than the rest of the chair, due to the increased usage. In order to extend
the life of these parts, always make sure they’re tight and properly maintained.
If you don’t have a power wheelchair, but are interested in receiving one through Medicare,
click here to qualify through insurance, or call us Toll Free at 1-888-345-1780.