When older medical hydraulic chairs malfunction, Medicanix is often asked if it is worth repairing these aged but dependable workhorses. Newer medical chairs may be fancy with neat programming capabilities, but that complexity comes at a price when they breakdown. Older medical hydraulic chairs are mechanical and simple, which means malfunctions are fewer and repairs are straightforward. Leaky cylinders, ruptured hoses, and faulty wiring are all common issues but relatively quick fixes.
There are downsides to repairing hydraulic driven chairs, one being that oil tends to get everywhere. While performing a hydraulic chair repair, Medicanix cleans up as much of the leaked hydraulic fluid as possible, though small amounts of residue oil can seep out overtime causing it to appear weeks and sometimes months after the service has been performed.
Once common misconception is that replacement parts are not available for many older medical hydraulic chair models. Actually, repairing these old chairs is often the best option because most parts are still available. Even though a manufacturer may stop producing parts, Midmark, Ritter, and even Cybron medical hydraulic tables have a large aftermarket with many parts still in production. Other less common manufactures often have available parts as well, but it is always best to contact a Medicanix Certified Technician with your chair’s model and serial number to make sure parts for your chair are available.