When it comes to stairlift longevity AC-powered models should last for ten years or more. However, if you are concerned that they will not last long enough, you can take steps to extend the life of your stairlift by regularly replacing the battery and rails.
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Battery-powered stairlifts last around 2 to 5 years
Stairlifts are very energy-efficient devices that use two batteries to lift a person up and down the stairs. They can be plugged into a standard wall outlet and recharged when needed. This is a simple process that requires very little time. Typically, battery-powered stairlifts last around two to five years, and replacement batteries can be bought for less than £100.
Stairlift batteries should be maintained regularly, as these devices are very sensitive to overcharging. Always keep them on the charging point when not in use. Battery chargers and stairlift batteries should be checked by a stairlift engineer. The engineer will check the voltage and current of the batteries to determine whether replacement is necessary. If the batteries are getting low, it is important to get new batteries before they completely discharge and require a repair.
AC-powered stairlifts last around 10 years
AC-powered stairlifts are generally more durable than their battery-powered counterparts. Typically, batteries last for around four years, but battery life will depend on the stair lift’s temperature and weight capacity. The batteries in stairlifts should be replaced if they are older than four years. In addition, the battery life will be shorter if the stair lift is used several times daily.
The average stairlift will make 14 trips per day, which only uses a little battery power.
Getting new rails for a stairlift
There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration when getting new rails for a stairlift. The first one is the design of your staircase. If your stairs are narrow, curved or outdoor, you need to make sure that there is enough headroom to accommodate the rail. Then, you need to determine the location for installation.
Second, you should consider the weight limit of the model you have. If you are nearing that limit, you should consider a stairlift with a higher weight capacity. The last thing you want is for your stairlift to break down while you’re trying to use it.