If you own or manage a commercial or residential elevator, you know the importance of regular maintenance. Not only does this ensure the long-lasting performance of your elevator, it ensures safe operation. While some maintenance tasks are the same between residential and commercial elevators, some differ. Let’s take a look at the maintenance chores you need to do for both.
Commercial Elevator Maintenance
- Stay on top of elevator regulations: Rules and regulations regarding elevator use are constantly evolving, with the goal of improving safety and functionality. Facilities managers should heed strict code enforcement and effective elevator use guidelines that are in effect across the nation, state and city.
- Be proactive with upgrades: Engage in regular inspections so you know which areas are lacking and need improvement. Have your elevator serviced monthly and as needed. Repairs done when issues are small will help prevent premature aging, promote safety, reduce downtime and save money.
- Create a planned preventative maintenance schedule: Consider peak times, dates where servicing would not be possible, and more. Come up with a mobilization plan that will cover risk assessments, health and safety procedures, and method statements. Notify your tenants and clients of these planned times so they can make appropriate accommodations.
Residential Elevator Maintenance
- Follow safety rules and stay on top of repairs: Keep a log of any repairs that need to be done and when so you can contact a pro if you notice consistent problems. Share this log with your elevator service company and keep it updated.
- Keep safety tips in mind to prolong elevator lifespan: Don’t exceed the elevator’s weight limit. Keep landing doors closed unless entering or exiting. Don’t tamper with door locks or other related safety features. Get your elevator serviced if you hear strange noises when using the elevator. Do not open the gate when the elevator is in motion.
- Schedule regular maintenance: Residential elevators don’t have to comply with the same strict inspection rules as commercial ones do but responsible home owners will have an inspection and regular maintenance once a year. Do not attempt repairs or upgrades on your own. Remember that routine maintenance improves your elevator’s safety and functionality. In between regular appointments, take note of minor issues to help technicians determine the problem at the next visit.
Perform DIY inspections in between service: Inspect your own elevator on a regular basis. Make sure the buttons are working properly, that the doors open and close with ease, and that there is no interior damage. You don’t have to do this on the daily or go through a long exhaustive list. Just be mindful of regular checkups to ensure functionality and safety.