With a typical staring cost of around $3,300 for a new straight rail stair lift, many people want to know just how long their new unit will last.
While it is impossible to say exactly how long your unit will work properly, a safe assumption is about 10 years. However, this time frame can vary based on several factors:
- Workload or amount of daily use
- User's weight
- Incline of the stairs
- Quality of the stair lift
- Preventative maintenance
A stair lift that has light use such as 2 to 4 trips a day will last longer than a unit that experiences heavy use. It is also important that users adhere to the operation manual and weight capacities for their lift.
The quality of the stair lift can make a difference too. Brands such as Bruno and Savaria will typically stand up to regular use better than lower cost models.
Most qualified providers are factory trained and will offer preventative maintenance plans for stair lifts that they install. When choosing a provider, look for somebody that offers service and stands by their work. It’s smart to look for recommendations from family, friends, or healthcare providers and online reviews.
It also a good idea to contact your provider if you notice any issues such as an unusually loud or bumpy ride. These are not typical and require a proper inspection.
Common preventative maintenance checks include:
- Cleaning and lubricating the track
- Checking moving parts such as swivel seats and armrests for loose parts or bolts
- Checking batteries – replace every 1 to 3 years with heavy use and 3 to 5 years with light use
- Checking tracks, gears and/or rollers to make sure they are working properly
- Checking mounting bolts to ensure they are tight
While the stair lift workload will vary for each user, choosing a quality lift with good customer satisfaction ratings and scheduling regular preventative maintenance checks from a qualified provider are two things that will extend the life of your stair lift.