All electrical appliances are prone to malfunction and often require the help of a professional to repair. Power wheelchairs are no exception! When your wheelchair suddenly stops working, it can be a real inconvenience. It may even be the most important electrical appliance you use, as its primary function is to help you get around safely and efficiently. In this guide, we will talk about the most common electrical wheelchair issues and their solutions.
Blinking Lights or Beeping Sounds
Electrical appliances usually have a notification system in place. These consist of flashing lights or beeping sounds that are designed for the sole purpose of alerting the user that something is wrong. Your electrical wheelchair’s manual should point out these notifications and explain what they mean. The error could be anything from a low battery to a serious internal error.
A powered wheelchair’s joystick can become stuck or locked for a variety of reasons. Your owner’s manual should have detailed instructions on how to both lock and unlock your controller. If the instructions in the manual do not remedy the issue or if you no longer have the manual, it’s best to contact a local Maryland power wheelchair repair service for help.
The older your power wheelchair gets, the more wear and tear is done to its parts. Wheels and controllers get the most use and are the most common parts that need replacing. Consult with a professional wheelchair repair company to determine what’s safer and more cost efficient for you: replacing the part(s), or replacing the wheelchair itself.
Wheel Rotation Issues
Rugs, debris, and other items can easily get caught in the wheels of your power chair. If your wheels suddenly stop turning and you are unable to move around, have someone near you check under the chair to see what has gotten stuck in the wheels. You may also do this yourself if it you are able. Make sure the floor area around you is clear before using the chair again, and always be cautious when using the chair outside where the ground is more likely to collect debris. If you’re having a problem with your electrical wheelchair, Freedom Mobility Solutions is here to help! We are a Hanover, MD wheelchair repair company dedicated to assisting you with all your mobility needs. For the convenience of our customers, we offer both in-store and in-home diagnostics and repair services. Contact us for more information, or to schedule your repair today!