maintain elevators

Why Is It So Important to Maintain Elevators?

When an elevator is not working properly it is a major inconvenience, and some people may not be able to access certain floors of your building without it. It is vital to maintain elevators by scheduling routine maintenance and have a professional inspect the machinery. By doing this in your building, you reap several benefits.

You Prevent Frequent Repairs

Elevators rely on numerous components to work properly. If even one of these parts breaks down then the unit becomes inoperable. You do not want to have to put an “Out of Order” sign on your elevator even once. With routine maintenance, you avoid breakdowns because of a licensed professional that looks for anything that could cause problems.

You Guarantee Safety

Although elevator accidents are rare, they have been known to happen. People sometimes get seriously hurt if they are inside an elevator when it suddenly stops working. In certain cases, some people have spent hours inside an elevator until the proper authorities could let them out. This is especially concerning if someone needs medical attention and shows how important it is to maintain elevators in your building to prevent accidents. Without professional elevator maintenance, you could open your business up to lawsuits if a similar situation happens in your building.

You Prolong the Lifespan of the Elevator

Most elevators are designed to last about 20 years before they need to be replaced. Although that seems like a long time, you might get even longer use out of your elevator if you properly maintain it. With regular maintenance, there is no reason why your elevator would not be able to last 25 or 30 years. A total replacement is expensive, so you save your business a lot of money by repairing instead of replacing.

To schedule routine testing, inspecting and repairing, get in touch with the experts at Keystone Elevator. Contact us today at 781-277-4655 if it has been a while since your elevator has been serviced. With our help, your elevator will operate as it should, and continue getting people where they need to be within your business.

Which Commercial Elevator is Better: Traction or Hydraulic?

Hydraulic or traction elevator

Deciding which elevator is best for your building is not as easy as pushing the “up” button. When considering between traction or hydraulic elevator, a few factors such as space, cost and how it will be used may simplify the decision-making process.

Hydraulic vs. Traction

Commercial hydraulic and traction elevators may both lift passengers and cargo, but they do it in very different ways. A hydraulic elevator uses an electronic pump that pushes oil into a cylinder where the pressure is increased, pushing a piston and causing the elevator to rise. A traction elevator, on the other hand, uses a system of cables, pulleys, and counterweights to lift the cab.

Space Requirements

One deciding factor in choosing an elevator may simply be the amount of space you have. Many hydraulic elevators can be installed with the machine room at the top of the shaft. This is helpful not only as a space-saving technique but also in keeping the temperature of the oil high enough that the machine runs smoothly. Traction elevators, even the newer machine room-less style, require much more space.

Cost Differences

The cost differences between hydraulic and traction elevators are not black and white. Though a traction elevator is more expensive to install, once in place, it is more energy efficient than hydraulic elevators because it uses counterweights rather than an electric pump to lift the cab. However, a hydraulic elevator costs less initially and is usually less expensive to maintain.

Common Uses

Though hydraulic elevators do not provide as smooth a ride, they can carry much heavier loads than a traction elevator. They are also slower than their traction counterparts, which is why they are commonly used in buildings with five stories or less, while traction elevators are often used in mid- to high-rise buildings where speed is more essential.

Contact Keystone Elevator by calling 781-277-4655 today for help in deciding which elevator will meet your buildings needs.