What to Do When Electric Wheelchair Parts Break
Electric wheelchairs are one of the most reliable forms of transportation there are, but sometimes, even the most reliable things in life can break down. If your electric wheelchair ever fails to work, the most important thing is not the panic. Most wheelchair parts can be replaced with limited hassle and expense, especially if you have a warranty. And on the rare occasion extensive repairs are called for, there are always trained technicians available to help.
As they age, wheelchair parts may eventually begin to fail. This natural aging process can result in minor complications as well as major ones, although many larger issues can be prevented through proactive repairs. Whenever you notice something doesn’t seem ‘quite right’ about your wheelchair, don’t hesitate to begin asking for help. The sooner a problem is caught, the more likely a quick and cost effective solution is to be found. To begin finding the answer to your electric wheelchair’s problem, start by writing down as much information you can about the issue. Does the error sound like it’s coming from one or multiple wheelchair parts? Does it occur whenever your wheelchair is running, or only under certain circumstances? The more you can tell your repair technician, the better a job he or she will be able to do diagnosing the problem.
When you are ready to get in touch with a repair technician, be sure to thoroughly check their credentials before making an appointment. Anyone who claims to be an electric wheelchair technician should be able to produce a valid service license or other forms of accreditation. Be extremely wary of anyone who fails to produce such documentation, as the repairs they make could both be ineffective and void your warranty. Oftentimes, the best way to find a dedicated repairman is by contacting the company you purchased your wheelchair from. Electric wheelchair companies almost always maintain a list of service technicians whose work has been pre-approved and vetted. They will also likely be able to supply any relevant wheelchair parts to the technician at a fair, established price.
When it comes to paying your bill, most certified technicians recognize the importance of electric wheelchairs and offer flexible payment schedules in response. Just be sure your repair technician is fully aware of any financial issues before ordering parts and beginning work, lest you end up unexpectedly owing a large lump sum. Situations like these also highlight the benefit of extended warranties, which are extremely useful when it comes to replacing aging wheelchair parts. If your wheelchair’s warranty is coming to an end, consider calling your warranty provider and asking about extension options. Or, if your wheelchair can no longer be covered, consider starting a small savings account exclusively for electric wheelchair maintenance. That way, if you ever need wheelchair parts or repairs, you’ll be able to get them taken care of without needless stress.