How to Remove Gas Lift from Office Chair
A functional office chair will boost your productivity and cushion you from challenges such as back pains. A lever that is positioned at the lower section of the set allows you to adjust the height freely using gas lift. The gas is stored in a cylinder and covered with a telescopic cover. Apart from adjusting the height, the gas lift makes it more ergonomic and comfortable.
Over time, the chair may develop issues with the gas lift thereby making it uncomfortable and difficult to adjust the height especially if the valve is broken. You can fix this problem by removing the gas lift. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to do it successfully.
Tools that are Required to Remove Gas Lift
- A screwdriver
- A releasing agent
Steps of Removing Gas Lift from an Office Chair
As with any other physical activity, the first thing that you need to do is find a space where you can work freely and safely. Turn the office chair upside down, raise it to the highest height but make sure that you have access to all parts of the chair.
Make sure that the chair is not only fixed in the right position, but also it is firmly rooted. If it keeps moving as you spend more time and may even not achieve the expected results at the end. If possible, request someone to hold the chair stable for you as you work on the valve and supporting mechanism.
The section between the castor and chair need to be well lubricated at all times. Loosen the connection between the castor and chair to be sure that there is enough lubrication. If the section is rusted, use WD-40 and if rusted leave the releasing agent there for a few minutes to get rid of the rust. You might have to tab the wheelbase using force to get the job done.
Separate the castor from the wheelbase then apply force to remove the gas lift from the castor. Be gentle though as you do this to avoid damaging the gas lift. You may have to also do this step several times of the gas lift does not protrude.
As you do this, it is recommended to place a padding or soft material on the floor to prevent scratches and other of damage. You definitely don’t want to spend thousands of dollars repairing the floor after the procedure.
Now that you know how to remove gas lift, the next step is learning how to maintain your pneumatic office chair to get the most utility from it.
How to Maintain a Pneumatic Office Chair
Dealing with Dust and Debris
It is recommendable to vacuum dust and other form of debris off the office chair several times per month. The wand attachment on the vacuum cleaner should be soft to avoid damaging the surface as it sucks up the dust. Make sure that the cleaner is set at “low suction” to avoid tearing the material.
Replacement of Gas Cylinder
If you are having challenges adjusting the height of the chair or it sinks back down after raising it, there is a high likelihood that the gas cylinder is faulty. The cylinder holds air that allows the chair height to be adjusted freely.
You can easily replace the gas cylinder by flipping the chair upside down and using a screwdriver to remove the existing cylinder to install a new one. Once intact, test the chair by raising and lowering it to different heights to be sure that the cylinder is functional.
Chair Fastener Should be Tightened
Regularly inspect the chair fasteners such as bolts and screws to increase its stability. Check the user’s manual provide by the manufacturer to know the exact location of the fasteners. Be careful when unscrewing or screwing the bolts back to prevent damaging the holes or threads on the bolts.
Don’t Expose it to Direct Sunlight
Direct sunlight has UV rays that are known to cause damage to materials and fabrics used to make office chairs. Even though the damage will not be visible overnight, you will soon notice that the material is fading or weaker after several months.
This, however, does not mean that you should work in a dark space. Just make sure that the office chair is position in an area that receives minimal sunlight but its still well illuminated. You can also invest in new blinds or curtains that block excess sunlight.
Casters Should be Regularly Cleaned and Lubricated
Regularly cleaning and lubricating the casters will ensure that the office chair rolls/moves smoothly on the floor. Some of the materials used to make casters are steel, aluminum, cast iron, plastic, and polyurethane.
To clean them, you will need to turn the chair upside down to get access to the debris locked inside the wheel housing units. A vacuum cleaner can help suction out the debris even better and in a shorter period of time.
After cleaning, apply WD-40 on each of the casters to lubricate each unit. Experts recommend lubricating and cleaning the housing units every six months.
Bonus Tips for Maintaining Pneumatic Office Chairs
The humidity in the office or working area should be between 40%-50%. If the humidity level drops below 40%, the leather material will take a beating. If it exceeds 50%, the material will be saturated with excess moisture. If possible, apply a leather protectant product to further protect the leather material from wear.
Removing gas lift from office chair is not a complicated task, just make sure that you follow the steps highlighted in this guide. The maintenance tips will also help you to get maximum utility from the chair and cushion you from additional repair expenses. If you decide to replace the gas cylinder, make sure that you get one from an accredited seller. Most sellers give customers a warranty – ask for one to be on the safe side. Good luck.