Staying On Top Of Your Elevator Maintenance

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Staying On Top Of Your Elevator Maintenance

24 May 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

When your elevator isn't working properly, your customers will experience quite an inconvenience. When the elevator is out of order it might cause your building occupants to become trapped. To prevent this from happening, you will need to proactively look for problems to repair and understand the condition of your elevator.

Performing Regular Maintenance

If you do not perform regular maintenance on your elevator, it will eventually have to be placed out of service. The best way to predict maintenance problems is to have your elevator inspected periodically by an elevator contractor. Elevators require that parts be examined, lubricated, and adjusted so that the elevator can operate safely. Other necessary steps include the following:

  • A copy of the elevator inspection certificate must be posted
  • The elevator must include a certificate of inspection, a serial number, and a signature of inspector
  • The emergency telephone system must be operational
  • The elevator lighting must be working properly
  • The floor landings must be in good condition
  • The door should be tested to make sure that it opens and closes properly
  • The sensor must be operating properly
  • While the elevator is in operation, it must not be producing any strange noises
  • The call button for all floors must be working properly

Following The Proper Standards

The maintenance that you perform on your elevator should be done with the purpose of maximizing your safety. Elevator maintenance is governed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). There is a written maintenance control program for each device. Following this maintenance program can create a pattern of regular maintenance that can allow you to avoid safety issues. The manual for the Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators should be kept in a location that is easily accessible.

Fixing Non-Functioning Doors

The majority of elevator maintenance issues are non-functioning doors. To reduce the number of instances where you have a non-functioning door, consider getting a closed-loop door operator. This will reduce the cost of maintenance significantly by causing the door to open and close more smoothly and by causing the door to be more reliable.

There is sometimes a simple reason for why an elevator is not functioning properly. For example, there might be trash or debris near the door sill that is disrupting the elevator. You should look to correct these minor problems before looking for more serious causes.

Given the risks associated with an elevator that is not functioning properly, you will want to hand elevator maintenance over to professionals. The best place to look for qualified elevator contractors is the National Association of Elevator Contractors.