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Can My Old Stair Lift Be Fixed? Troubleshooting a Stair Glide

The life of a stair glide, also known as a stair lift, can vary, depending on several factors, such as the brand, model, usage, maintenance, and environmental conditions. In general, a well-maintained stair lift can last for 10–15 years. Some high-quality models can even last up to 20 years or more with regular maintenance and occasional repairs. It’s important to note that regular maintenance and timely repairs can significantly extend the life of a stair lift. Additionally, the life of a stair glide can be affected by factors like the weight of the user, the frequency of use, and the operating conditions (such as exposure to moisture or extreme temperatures). If you’re considering purchasing a stair lift, research different models, brands, and customer reviews to get an idea of their average lifespan and durability.

To determine if an old stairlift stair glide can be fixed, consider the following steps:

  1. Contact the manufacturer or a professional stair lift repair company The manufacturer or a professional stair lift repair company should be able to provide you with information about the model, age, and repair options available.

  2. Conduct a visual inspection Visually inspect the stair lift to see if there are any obvious signs of damage, wear and tear, or malfunction. Look for loose or damaged parts, frayed wires, and other signs of wear.

  3. Check the warranty If the stair lift is still under warranty, you may be able to get it repaired or replaced at no cost. Check the warranty documentation to see what is covered and what is not.

  4. Assess the cost of repairs Get a quote from a professional stair lift repair company to see how much it would cost to fix the stair lift. This will help you decide if it's worth repairing or if it would be more cost-effective to replace it.

  5. Consider the age and condition of the stair lift If the stair lift is very old and has a lot of wear and tear, it may be difficult to find replacement parts or to repair it. In this case, it may be more cost-effective to replace the stair lift.

Ultimately, the decision to repair or replace an old stair lift depends on a variety of factors, including age, condition, and cost of repairs. Consulting a professional stair lift repair company or manufacturer can help you make an informed decision. Lifestyles over 50 readers are encouraged to call Power Stair Lifts at 484-895-11188 for a free consultation and in-home estimate.

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