How To Repair Office Chairs
When it comes to vital office equipment, ergonomics is probably the most neglected yet essential piece of office furniture. Yet, despite this, many individuals grumble that their office chair still sinks, contributing to their declining productivity. Luckily, even today’s most advanced office chairs won’t stay upright forever after several months of use. Fortunately, there are some quick and easy remedies that can be used to easily fix a chair lift problem.
Most office chair lifts consist of two components – the bottom pedestal and the top suction cup. Usually, all that needs to be done is to make sure that these parts are always properly oiled and greased, and that any dirt or debris is removed from both components. If these parts are not properly maintained, then over time they will become clogged with grease and dirt, which will lead to an increasingly sluggish functioning of the chair lift. This is why it is important to keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear on these parts, as well as to regularly clean them.
The other element of a good office chair lift is the cylinder, which connects the bottom of the seat to the underside of the rotating shaft. It is also responsible for holding the chair upright when the seat is lowered. The most common cause of a worn-out cylinder is dirt or sludge that has accumulated in between the teeth of the poly insert coupling, which holds the cylinder in place. In order to lubricate this coupling, most cleaners rely on mineral oil; however, using a synthetic lubricant can prevent corrosion.
To remedy an office chair lift that constantly seems to sinks, the first thing you should do is to ensure that the two halves of the shaft are kept parallel to each other. To do this, you can simply apply a small amount of silicone to the connecting polyethylene tubing that connects the two halves together. To make sure the shaft is parallel to the surface of the floor, you should place the chair on a pivot point, such as a chair lift pedestal, and slowly lower the chair back down until it is firmly resting on the ground. To keep the polyethylene tube in place, it is recommended that you use some epoxy putty that can be purchased from any home improvement store. Once the tube is firmly in place, you should apply even pressure to the base of the chair up to the screw that attaches the base to the chair.
If your office chair lift continuously sinks, you may need to clean the cylinder using compressed air. Before cleaning, make sure the moving parts are turned off and all moving parts are disconnected. To clean the cylinder, you should place the cylinder in a pan filled with warm water, which is slightly acidic. You should also use a degreasing agent that prevents rust from forming. Do not clean the metal shaft with water as it may cause damage to the tubing.
Severely damaged office chairs may require more drastic action. If the bottom of the shaft or the entire piston has sunk, you will need to replace the entire device. This usually involves removing the bolts that hold the cylinder in place and replacing the pump, the hoses, and the hose clamps. While this repair is more expensive than the other two options, it can save your company money in the long run as it can be replaced in less time and with less expense than replacing the entire chair.
For more severe damage to your office chair cylinder, you may need to replace the pump and hoses. Pump failure often causes the bottom part of the shaft to sink, which forces the chair into a negative tilt. In order to prevent your chairs from becoming completely submerged, you should always ensure that there is good drainage inside of the cylinder. To check whether the drainage is working properly, you should lower the chair and allow it to fall flat. If you notice water on the floor beneath your chairs, you may have a leaking hose clamp.
Many companies choose to replace their chair lifts with a universal gas pneumatic system. A universal gas pneumatic lift system offers all the benefits of an air and water powered lift mechanism at a much lower price. You will have more flexibility in the choice of lift heights and speeds with a universal gas pneumatic system, as well as the ability to use the device in any location. A universal gas pneumatic system typically requires only one installation and manual setup. Once installed, it can quickly and easily raise and lower your chairlift with manual control.