Our trained staff changing the tires and performing other service work on a Jazzy Select Elite electric wheelchair.
It's Time to Replace Your Powerchair
Repair service is one of the many services we provide. Mobility Equipment Recyclers of New England is your one-stop fix it shop for all your mobility needs. We often get asked the question, “How much maintenance does this chair really need?” Probably much more than the average person would give it credit for.
Mobility devices, such as power wheelchairs, scooters, hospital beds, patient lifts, manual wheelchairs and even walkers require regular service in order to achieve optimal performance and maintain baseline safety standards.
For many of our clients, their manual wheelchair, electric wheelchair or scooter is often their only mode of transportation, so if it's not working properly, these setbacks can really impact their quality of life.
For prompt service you can bring in your device anytime during store hours (9am-5pm Monday-Friday, and 10am-3pm Saturday). Appointments are not needed but in order to better serve you they are recommended. We realize that the majority of our clients are unable to bring in their device for repairs, which is why we also offer in-home, onsite service. Please contact us today for a repair quote.
Our Repairs Save You Money
We offer a wide array of service and maintenance work on mobility devices.
At the core of our business we are a recycling and sustainability operation. We take products that are previously owned, remove viable parts and accessories that can be reused and repurposed, and recycle what is no longer needed, such as scrap metal and plastic.
Because we recycle these power wheelchairs, electric scooters, patient lifts, hospital beds, and more, we have accumulated a huge inventory of spare parts to utilize when we repair equipment for our customers. And the best part is that we can save the average customer 50-90% off any repair job because these parts are used.
If it is the customer’s preference, or if for some reason we do not have any used parts in our inventory for the repair, we can always order them new from the manufacturer. If a device is too old or too far gone, or would be cheaper to replace than to repair, our staff will likely recommend a trade in.
Same-Day and Emergency Services
Our clients’ independence and mobility is of utmost importance to us. Waiting weeks on end for a repair job through insurance to get your device up-and-running again is misery personified. You’ll never have to wait that long when you come to Mobility Equipment Recyclers.
Simply fill out this contact form, or explain the issue to us over the phone at 401-294-4111, and we’ll diagnose your problem and have it fixed for you in no time. Same-day and next-day emergency service is available upon request. When the need arises, just contact us and we’ll take care of the rest. Watch the video below to hear our customers share their experience with our repair team.
Common Repairs - No Job Too Small
Since our inception we’ve come across all sorts of repair jobs. We’ve seen and done it all. There’s nothing we can’t take on. We can do any job, however big or small. Some of the most common repairs are battery and battery charger replacements, but there’s a plethora of others that we encounter on a weekly basis:
The joystick controller on an electric wheelchair is a common part in need of replacement. When trying to maneuver an electric wheelchair in a tight area, you can accidentally slam the joystick controller into the side of a wall. This hard impact can break the joystick into pieces, rendering the entire power chair useless. Moisture and other water damage can have a detrimental effect on the joystick also. If this happens, call (401) 294-4111 with your Make, Model and Serial Number information, and we can send a technician right to your home to replace the broken part.
Loose brakes on a manual wheelchair can put the user in a very unsafe situation. Rollator walkers and manual wheelchairs both have hand brakes installed on them so that the user can safely transfer from different positions. Over time, the hand brakes on both devices will start to give out and no longer touch the wheels. This can present a very unsafe situation, one with a high risk of fall and injury. Don’t let it get that far! We will diagnose the problem and determine whether the brakes just need to be tightened, or simply replaced. This measure will ensure safe transfers and give the user, the caregiver and the family peace of mind.
If your wheelchair tire shows signs of cracking, that means dry rot is prevalent and it’s time for replacement. Much like a car tire, tires on manual and motorized wheelchairs eventually need replacing. Tires will lose tread over time and it’s very important to change them regularly — exactly how regularly is dependent on usage. If tires are bald they will no longer be able to grip the ground and terrain like they should.
Picture yourself on a wheelchair trying to navigate up a handicap ramp with a slight incline. Maybe it was cold the night before, and now there’s some black ice on the ground. What will happen is those tires will not have the right amount of tread to grip the ice and trudge forward, so you will be stuck there — literally and figuratively — spinning your wheels!
Dry rot is another common problem. Dry rot can eventually crack the tire into pieces and all you’ll be left with is a rim. Changing your tires is of utmost importance and we can get it done in half an hour in your home. Call us at (412) 294-4111 to schedule your tire replacement today.
Another need that can arise with your powered mobility device is a motor replacement. The majority of scooters and electric wheelchairs are driven by 24 volt motors. These motors are connected to a gearbox or a transaxle assembly that is the drivetrain of your vehicle.
Over time, the gears, brushes, bearings and brake discs will wear out. How can you tell? If you start to hear “funny” noises coming from underneath your chair, like a grinding or whistling noises, chances are a motor or motors replacement is in your near future.
If your electric wheelchair is starting to pull to one side, that means one motor is starting to go bad, and the other motor is working twice as hard to compensate, hence the noticeable change of direction when driving. New electric wheelchair motors can be priced well over a thousand dollars per pair, but you can get refurbished motors from us for just a fraction of that cost (even including the repair and installation charges).
Wheelchair arm rest pads are easy to replace and provide added comfort and function to all wheelchairs. Besides tires, arm pads, leg rests, calf pads, seat cushions, seat backs, head rests, cover shrouds and other small parts and accessories are the most susceptible to cosmetic wear and tear like dings, dents, scratches, rips, and tears. A ripped arm pad not only looks unappealing, but it can also cause cuts and bruising to the skin — not good! Head rests will eventually lose some of their comfort as the padding starts to wear down, as will cushions and back rests. Contact us today at (412) 294-4111 to schedule a cosmetic repair on your powerchair.
We Work With All Brands
Here is a list of the brands that we work with, including but not limited to:
Sometimes it can be difficult to find replacements for specific parts on your mobility and medical equipment. Below is a list of parts that commonly need to be replaced and can be found in our store:
- Arm Rest
- Base Frame Replacement Parts
- Battery Box
- Battery Charger
- Control Module
- Full Seat Assembly
- Head Rest
- Leg Rests & Foot Platform
- Seat Cushion
- Seat Post
- Utility Tray
- Wheels and Rims
- Wiring Harness
If you know it's time for your powerchair to be replaced, give us a call at (412) 294-4111 or stop into our store at 6802 Post Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852 between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, or 10am-3pm on Saturday. You can also fill out the form below and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
We can't wait to serve you and get your powerchair back to tip-top condition!