Maintaining A Lift Chair
Maintaining a lift chair is important to the dependance and if of the chair. This comfortable and convenient chair is a highly used item in many households. The chair has many mechanical parts involved in making it work properly such as motorised elements like a control box and remote control. You need to make sure it’s always working correctly and the best way to do that is to maintain it.
The following information will provide you with tips on maintaining a lift chair and when to repair your lift chair.
- Keep it clean. Chances are your Lift Chair gets dirty from time to time. You can clean the surface and surrounding area with products that are safe for the specific type of material. Always test a small area before cleaning to assure it does not permanently dis colour or stain the chair. The Ambassador Lift Chair fabrics are Scotch Guarded in production and cleaning can be achieved by removing the backrest, seat and leg rest cushions from the chair. Unzip and remove the foam inserts. Instructions on this can be seen on these video links. Hand wash in cold water and drying in the shade. Custom vinyl and leather Lift Chairs are easier to maintain and clean due to their smooth surface. Refer to fabric supplier instructions for their recommendations.
- Keep it plugged in. Many consumers often think their Lift Chair is broken because it doesn’t work. A common mistake is forgetting to plug in the Lift Chair. The cord can accidentally get removed from the electric socket by mistake. Check it’s plugged in correctly before assuming the chair is damaged or broken.
- Test the remote control. The remote control is specifically designed to work with the motor. If you notice signs such as a hesitation after pressing the remote control or strange sounds coming from the motor, it’s a possibility there is an internal wiring issue. All wiring issues need to be handled by professional service technicians only.
- Back up batteries. Almost all Lift Chair designs have two 9-volt batteries located inside the supply box. However, Ambassador Lift Chairs source Linak Electrics and all chairs are fitted with 1 or 2 rechargeable back up battery systems.
- Be aware of common issues. The most common issues consumers have with many models of lift chairs are issues with the power supply, cut wires, scissor mechanisms and remote. It’s important that an experienced professional determine the cause of the issues as well as fix any problems to prevent interruption of use or further damage.
- Lubrication. The Australian climate can be extreme and we have found homes with excessive heating and cooling can dry out the actuators and bronze bushels. Regular servicing by a technician will avoid this. Alternatively areas with the noise can be lightly lubricated when needed.
- Treat with care. Maintaining a lift chair is important and the proper treatment will assist in the longevity of the chair. Do not sit or stand on the footrest. Do not “drop” into the lift chair when sitting if it is in a partially raised position.
Always remember if the mechanical part of your Lift Chair is not working correctly you will not be able to get up out of your chair. If this ever happens to you make sure you always have a phone nearby. You can prevent being stuck in a non-working Lift Chair by conducting maintenance and repairing the chair on a regular basis.
Call your retailer or Ambassador Motion Furniture for assistance.