This article outlines general maintenance tips, you should review your owners manual for maintenance specific to your stair lift. Always consult your manual to ensure the warranty is not voided by any maintenance you perform. Your owners manual should also define the frequency of maintenance intervals.
The most common components in need of maintenance are movable parts and batteries. Any movable component endures a certain amount of wear and tear and normal maintenance extends the life of the component. The most common movable components in a stair lift are swivel seats and tracks.
1. Tracks should be lubricated every 3 months. Always disable the stair lift, typically by removing the key, before cleaning the track. Before lubricating the track you should clean the track to remove dirt and pet hair. Wiping the track down with a damp cloth should be sufficient. Dirty environments or outside stair lifts many require more frequent cleaning and lubrication. Lubriplate brand lubricants are suggested for indoor stair lifts, and petroleum jelly is suggested for outdoor stair lifts.
2. Inspect the track and wheels. Any wheel that does not rotate freely needs to be replaced.
3. Swivel seats should typically be inspected for broken components and greased every 6-12 months depending on use and environment.
4. Inspect trailing cables for cracks, if your stair lift has them. Use talcum powder to lubricate indoor trailing cables and silicon spray for outdoor trailing cables.
5. Batteries will typically need to be replaced every 1-2 years, depending on use. Batteries should be replaced as defined in the owners manual.
6. Check all mounting bolts and screws to make sure they are still tight.