How Often Do Elevators Need Maintenance?

As a general rule, elevators should be serviced once a month. In addition to light daily and monthly maintenance, you should also schedule safety inspections and repair services once a year. Here’s how often you should perform different types of maintenance, and what needs to be done on a daily, monthly and yearly basis.

Hint: getting on a maintenance plan with your elevator service provider is a smart idea so you don’t miss anything!

Elevator Maintenance Plan

From weird noises to sluggish elevators, there are many signs your elevator needs servicing or even replacement. Nothing lasts forever, even with TLC!

Daily Maintenance

Keep a log of any operational problems with your elevators: Track how often your elevator needs service, which can help you diagnose future problems. Your elevator repair technician can then refer to that log whenever he or she visits the site for an inspection. This log also helps you track any patterns that have developed, such as certain issues or certain times of the day that things go wrong.

Conduct daily inspections: Go through each elevator each day to check the logs and do a general check of the unit. Keep an eye out for even the smallest issues, which can alert you to a potential problem. Check for burnt out cab lights, malfunctioning buttons, dirty elevators, etc.

Clean the elevators: Make sure any mirrored components are wiped down at least once a day. Sanitize all high-touch surfaces every day, such as call buttons and railings. Don’t use strong industrial cleaners, which can corrode metal surfaces and result in internal mechanical failures. Use only recommended cleaners from your elevator company.

Monthly Maintenance

Monthly maintenance should be performed by certified elevator technicians only. It doesn’t have to be exhaustive, but it should hit all the basics, such as the above points as well as adjustments, lubrication, and examination to ensure safe and reliable operation.

Yearly Maintenance

Yearly maintenance should be conducted in the form of a formal inspection. This is what is required by law in most places. Equipment testing, for example, is conducted annually to comply with local government requirements. Engineers usually have to sign and seal certifications.

Here’s a general checklist to refer to:

Inside the Car

  1. The door should be able to open and close properly, without obstructions
  2. Check for damage to handrails, walls, and ceilings
  3. Check and replace broken lights
  4. The emergency phone connected to the elevator cab should be in proper operation

Outside the Car

  1. Inspect all door panels
  2. Replace broken lights at all levels
  3. Test the fire alarms

Top of The Car

  1. Make sure there is no damage to cables
  2. Test the brakes
  3. Ensure the presence of an emergency exit
  4. Check the hoistway for vandalism signs

Machine Room

  1. Check oil levels and ensure proper lubrication in all components
  2. Remove objects that hinder equipment access
  3. Check electrical wiring for fraying
  4. There should be sufficient headroom for technicians

The Pit

  1. This area should have adequate access
  2. Check for clearance
  3. Check for the presence of debris, water or dirt
  4. Look for signs of damage on car frame

Contact Mowrey Elevator

When you need maintenance or inspections, come to Mowrey, where we offer our Mowrey Maintenance Agreement and Mowrey Inspection Service at an affordable price.