Next Day Access has years of experience installing stair lifts in homes and businesses throughout the country and with that experience, we’ve also learned a lot both on and off the job from our manufacturers, clients, and partners.
We often get asked by clients what they need to do to prepare their home if they are interested in a stair lift. First off, stair lifts are not ideal for people in wheelchairs. Consider a different type of lift such as a vertical or inclined platform lift. Here are some other notes and observations you should know before getting a stair lift.
Stair Lift Notes & Observations
- Overloading a stair lift can cause the lift to stop working properly. It is important to choose a unit with the appropriate weight capacity for the user.
- It is possible to buy a straight stair lift for a do-it-yourself installation. Like many DIY projects, it is important to know what is involved before you choose this option. You may need to hire an electrician to ensure power is available where you need it. You will also have to be able to lift the rail and the chair and chassis, and you will need to carefully follow installation instructions including proper and safe securement to the stairs.
- There are additional power features available for some stair lifts such as a power folding footrest or a power seat swivel. These extra-cost features can be handy, but if you do not need them, you may want to forgo them as they add complexity to the ongoing service of your stair lift and can suffer from breakdowns.
Stair Lift Manufacturers
Many stair lift companies have headquarters in Europe including Acorn, Harmar and Handicare. Bruno is based in North America. Bruno also makes other accessibility lifts for home and commercial uses. Next Day Access is proud to carry stair lifts by each of these manufacturers.
Another frequently asked question often regards stair lift servicing and maintenance. Here are some of the most common issues we run into.
- Stair lifts are mechanical devices. They may require service from time to time to keep them running properly. Annual maintenance will usually be in the range of $100.
- One of the most common service calls occurs when the unit is not being charged properly. Make sure to park the stair lift fully into the charging station that may be located at the top and at the bottom landing.
- Some stair lifts feature a diagnostic display that identifies service issues with a number code or a trouble light. This helps the homeowner identify the problem.
- Stair lifts may stop if one of the safety features triggers it to do so, such as the obstruction sensor or the seat swivel. Check for obstructions under the footrest and make sure that the seat is locked into position and not in the swivel position.