Ways to Modernize Your Elevator

Elevator modernization involves upgrading the important parts of the elevator so it is better able to handle new technology, enjoy better performance, improve safety, and provide updated aesthetics.

Recent Elevator Technology Innovations

As your elevator gets on in years, many components will require upgrades due to parts being obsolete or to accommodate advances in technology. When you modernize your elevator, you are enhancing the safety and reliability of your equipment while increasing the value of your building.

If you are a building owner or property manager, you may have considered remodeling the space but chances are, you were more concerned with the cosmetic aspects of those remodels, such as flooring choices, décor, carpeting, and all the latest bells and whistles. But don’t forget your elevator system. These are critical aspects of any building and must be updated regularly to remain compliant for codes and safety regulations.

Bringing your elevator up to date also increases your property value and increases your customer satisfaction rates due to enhanced reliability.

Making Upgrades

Not sure where to start on your modernization project? Here are a few critical components to concentrate on and the benefits you will receive:


  • Emergency fire service compliance
  • Accurate floor leveling
  • Energy efficiency
  • Faster response times
  • Increased rider comfort

Door Equipment

  • Efficient door speeds
  • Improve passenger safety
  • Reduce operating noise
  • Enhanced aesthetics
  • Electronic door reopening device

Cab Enclosure

  • Meets American with Disabilities Act (ADA) codes
  • Improves passenger comfort
  • Low voltage lighting helps with energy efficiency

Signal Equipment

  • ADA-compliant
  • Vandal-resistant
  • Upgraded emergency lighting and communication systems
  • Updated aesthetics

Hydraulic Power Unit

  • Improved elevator performance
  • Reduced noise and vibration
  • Energy savings
  • Accurate floor leveling
  • Reduced overheating issues

Traction Upgrades

  • Boosts efficiency
  • Enhances ride quality
  • Eliminates DC motor generator and replaces that with an efficient AC design
  • Improved braking system for safety
  • Increased up direction protection
  • Safety upgrades to meet codes

It’s All About Timing

It’s not just the way your elevator looks when it’s time for a facelift. You’ll also want to heed these signs that it’s time to upgrade:

  • Unsure if your elevator is in compliance with latest codes.
  • Unsure when you last updated.
  • Passenger complaints are increasing.
  • Passenger wait times are too long.
  • Passenger needs are not being accommodated.
  • Passengers complaints are rising re: strange noises, discomfort while riding, uneven floor leveling, etc.
  • Approved use and zoning of the building has changed since elevator was first installed.
  • Elevator is more than 10 years old.
  • Elevator is overcrowded.
  • Frequent repairs necessary.
  • Experiencing reduced rental and property values. 

Contact Mowrey Elevator

Curious about the latest elevator products so you can kickstart your modernization project? Don’t hesitate to look through our product catalogs online or call our repair hotline at 800-441-4449.