Tips for Home Elevator MAINTENANCE
Don’t lose sight of the regular preventative measures needed to keep your home elevator in peak condition.
Common Repairs for Home Elevators
Without proper maintenance, it’s possible unresolved problems now could turn into a huge headache later. Keep an eye out for these common repairs.
Generally, it’s best to trust the certified pros with repairs. A handy homeowner could handle some minor issues, but these are limited to what you can access from inside the cab. Examples are items like elevator entry doors that become difficult to close or if a door bumps into the door jamb.
Remember to never adjust the elevator’s locking system.
Professionals should carry out any other necessary repairs, including any problems in the hoistway. If your elevator is malfunctioning and the issue isn’t readily clear, call a trained service technician to inspect your elevator and determine the solution.
1. Follow Safety Rules and Keep Up with Repairs
It’s always a good idea to keep an updated log of any necessary repairs so you can takeappropriate action quickly and contact a professional if you notice repeating issues.Plus, you can always share your log with your elevator repair company to keep them up-to-date on how your elevator is functioning.
Keep these safety tips in mind to help prolong your elevator’s lifespan and avoid additional repair expenses:
- Pay attention to the elevator’s weight limit—don’t overload it.
- Keep all contents at least two inches away from the cab gate and cab walls.
- Always keep the landing doors closed unless you’re getting in or out of yourelevator.
- Don’t operate your elevator if the car gate or landing door locking system seemsto be malfunctioning.
- Never tamper, bypass, disable, or remove door locks or other safety features.
- Don’t operate your elevator if you hear strange sounds or if the ride seemsunusual.
- Make sure the elevator stops completely before entering or exiting, and be sureto watch your step.
- Don’t open the car gate while the elevator is moving or put your hands or feetthrough the openings in a scissor-style gate.
2. Schedule Regular Maintenance
This golden rule will never fail you: scheduling regular yearly maintenance is the best way to keep your home elevator in the best condition. While homeowners can take some steps to help prolong their elevator’s life, it’s still challenging for the everyday person to pinpoint an elevator malfunction and know what to do. When in doubt, always contact a repair company before you attempt repairs. By scheduling regular yearly maintenance with an elevator repair company, you stay on top of potential issues before they happen. Routine maintenance can also improve your elevator’s functionality and make for smoother rides. Between regular appointments, keep track of any minor issues you experience to help the professionals pinpoint the problem at their next scheduled visit.
3. Perform DIY Inspections Between Services
Between scheduled professional inspections, you can personally inspect your elevator. These daily inspections are one easy way to keep up with elevator maintenance. Scrutinizing every aspect of your elevator isn’t required; leave those details to the pros.The next time you step inside, think about how the elevator is functioning:
- Are the buttons working as they should?
- Does the door open and close properly?
- Do you notice any obvious interior damage?
In short, you don’t need to go through a long, daily list of things to check—just keep an eye out as any significant issues could be a safety risk and end up costing you if they aren’t addressed immediately.