I am disabled and bought a Hill Rom P1900 Total care bed from a govt auction. The bed work fine for a few months but has now stopped raising almost entirely.
At first I thought it was a hydraulic fluid issue. I had my brother check the fluid level and he said that with the deck and head etc down the fluid level was just barely below the "A" level and that when we was able to coax the bed up it was right around the "B" level.
What is happening is that when the deck up button is pressed there is an initial jump of a fraction of an inch and then it slows to a stop as the motor continues to whir.
If we continue to press and release the up button we can get the bed to slowly raise after many short jumps with the foot being higher than the head.
With the bed in the down position I can lay in the bed and raise the head only in a reasonable fashion and the knee raise function works but seems very slow and sometimes take a couple of tries to initialize.
I tried ordering some hydraulic fluid to see if adding the little bit that it is low would help, but everywhere I have found it has been either out of stock or has a $25 shipping for a quart of oil.
I have 2 questions
1. Is there an off the shelf hydraulic fluid I could use that want be so expensive?
2. Is there any other ways I can troubleshoot and possibly fix my bed?
I would appreciate any help offered. I saved a long time to get this bed.
I injured my spine and cannot lay flat in a bed so I spent 11 years sleeping in recliners. I don't want to go back to my feet hanging off of a foot rest again.
Equipment: Hillrom - Totalcare P1900 RE: Hillrom - Totalcare P1900