Little thought goes into the mechanics of lifting and lowering elevators in apartment buildings or huge high-rises. These essential amenities are often taken for granted, but they are not a simple convenience that goes up and down so that people don’t have to climb stairs. Elevators allow for ease in product delivery, the ability to change floors quickly, and access for maintenance. Without them, our cities and towns would look a whole lot different.
As with any mechanical operating system, the elevator will age over time and begin to require maintenance or replacement. Because of this, it is important to look for signs of deterioration, wear and tear, or unusual noises. Besides the monthly lubrication, maintenance personnel’s inspection should include the following:
- Leaks and unusual vibrations
- Oil level
- Electrical components state
- Door panel clearances
- Test elevator emergency phone service
- Stop switch, rollers, leveling devices
- Cables and connections
- Spring buffer alignment and attachment
- Travel cable
It is not a matter of “if” the elevator will require modernization, rather it is “when” it will take place. Hydraulics can last between 25 and 30 years, while elevator cables have a short lifespan of between 10 and 15. With customer safety at risk, it is better to err on the side of caution when trying to determine the right time to replace the traction, cables, buffer, or electronics. Following the manufacturer’s guide on lifetime expectancy can only offer a general timeline because it depends on the use the elevator gets, the schedule of maintenance, and the humidity to which the parts are subjected.
The elevator is critical to the safety and satisfaction of your customers, clients, and tenants. That is why most commercial building owners have a maintenance contract with a reputable firm that knows when it is time to upgrade the elevator for the safety of all concerned. They also know how best to get the job done quickly, so your customers are inconvenienced as little as possible.
Call Sun Coast Elevators today. They can help with all your elevator needs because they are experts at both maintenance and modernization- 305-690-0955.