If your home or that of someone you help care for is equipped with any kind of lift product to help with mobility and related needs, it’s naturally very important that this item be kept in good working order at all times. A wheelchair lift or other lift type that’s not working properly risks safety and other concerns for anyone who relies on it, and as such it’s important to look out for any signs that a given lift might be wearing down and in need of replacement.
At A+ Elevators & Lifts, we’re proud to offer not only a wide selection of residential elevators to our Cheyenne and nearby clients, but also options like wheelchair lifts and many other home mobility products. What are some possible signs that your existing lift is wearing down and may need replacement? Here are a few to keep in mind.
Constant Repair Needs
In many cases, such as for newer lifts that have only been in operation for a year or two, issues taking place can be easily enough repaired — often at no cost to you thanks to the lift’s warranty. However, if your home lift is consistently requiring frequent repair work and seems to be a constant source of issues, it may be an indication that it’s time to start looking into a replacement.
This is especially true if you’re beginning to notice the same kinds of problems, over and over again, that are leading to constant repair needs. For instance, if the lift has a tendency to get stuck and needs frequent cable replacement, this could be an indication that it’s time to find something better suited for the job.
Strange Sounds Regularly
Another possible sign that it’s time to look into a new lift is if you or the user of your existing lift regularly notice strange sounds coming from within it. From creaking as the lift moves up and down, to grinding noises as parts wear out, this can be an indication that something is wrong — even though the lift may still be working for now.
In many cases, this is a sign that regular maintenance can’t repair the underlying issues and that it’s time to begin looking into a replacement. Again, at A+ Elevators & Lifts we offer not only the widest range of residential elevators in Cheyenne, but also top brands in home mobility products like lifts. Contact us today to learn how we can help you find the right lift for your home or that of someone else you care for.
Have you begun to notice that a lift you have is not only taking longer than it used to in terms of getting from bottom to top or vice versa, but also feels slower and clunkier as it operates? If so, this can be indicative that its motors are wearing down and no longer able to keep up with the demands being placed on them.
In many cases, this particular issue will build up slowly — and could even be tough to pick up if you aren’t paying attention. It’s not uncommon for a home lift to lose efficiency gradually over time, and this is something you should be taking into account during your regular inspections of the product.
If you notice that your existing lift is no longer working as quickly or smoothly as it once did, there’s a good chance that it may be wearing down and in need of replacement — especially if you’re also dealing with any of the other issues listed here (constant repair needs, strange sounds regularly, etc.).
In other cases, you may not necessarily be noticing particular signs that a lift is starting to wear down and may need replacement, but rather simply noticing that it’s been around for over a decade — and may have been installed as far back as the early 2000s. In many cases, this can be indicative of a simple aging process that naturally leads to parts needing replacement or other issues developing with time. And as this is something that’s to be expected with most products, it’s important not only to keep in mind the issues listed here but also consider looking into a replacement on a regular basis.
Of course, you’ll want to work closely with your lift manufacturer and provided manual to determine how long different parts of your lift should last — but in most cases, if you start to notice that your existing lift is starting to show signs of wear and tear well before its 10-year warranty has expired (often provided by the manufacturer), it may be time to look into a replacement.
Needs Have Changed
Finally, one possible need for a replaced or updated home lift could speak not to any issues with your existing lift’s quality, but rather to a changing situation in the home. Perhaps you now have an elderly family member who lives with you and is in need of the lift more than ever, or maybe a new baby has moved into your home and thus requires different mobility mods.
If you’re noticing that your existing lift is not able to keep up with your everyday needs in any way (perhaps it’s unable to hold as much weight, for instance), it may be time to look into a replacement — especially if you’ve had this lift for well over a decade at this point.
At A+ Elevators & Lifts, we can help you find the perfect residential elevators or other mobility-related products for your Cheyenne home and your changing needs. Contact us today to learn more about any of our home elevators, lifts or other products!