Modernize Your Elevator In Phases

Most people fear the day that their elevator breaks down. If you focus on repairs and elevator modernization, you may never have to worry about that. To make modernization more affordable, consider phasing it in rather than doing it all at once. If you need to upgrade your cab’s interior, but the elevator has no other issues, you can focus on that first. Generally, you do not have to do everything right away.

How to Upgrade Hydraulic Elevators

If your building has less than ten floors, then you probably have a hydraulic elevator. Hydraulic elevators work using a piston and a jack to move from floor to floor. In a hydraulic elevator, you can upgrade different components at different times. You may choose to work on the controls or the interior and focus on other elements later.

How to Upgrade Traction Elevators

If you have a traction elevator, you should expect to upgrade it more often. Cleanings and inspections have to be completed regularly, and the cost of your upgrades will depend on how many repairs you require at any given time. You can focus on smaller elements of a traction elevator. For instance, you may focus on the controls and leave the hoisting machine for a later date.

How to Obtain Appropriate Permits

If you choose to modernize your elevator, you must have regular inspections and the proper permits in place to do so. Even smaller upgrades require permits. Fortunately, when you use a contractor, you do not have to worry about obtaining the appropriate permits for the job. Licensed contractors can make sure that everything with your elevator modernization is above board.

Elevator modernization does not have to happen all at once. Instead, you can focus on a variety of different elements and slowly modernize them. At Keystone Elevator, we service commercial buildings in the Greater Boston Metro. To find out more about elevator modernization, call 781-277-4655 or send us an email!


Elevator Doors: What if the Elevator Takes too Long to Open?

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A slow, sluggish elevator can be frustrating for passengers. It can also highlight deeper problems with your elevator system. If your elevator doors open slowly, there may be a major problem behind it. Over time, these issues will increase in severity if you do not have them repaired.

Errors With the Installation of the Door Operator

If you had someone else install your door operator, you could be facing issues because of it. If your former contractor did not follow the manual, it can lead to sluggish door movement. This is typically a problem with newly installed elevators. The operator has several components and any disharmony can be a problem. We can do a step-by-step adjustment exercise to diagnose the problem. This typically involves closing the door fully, reattaching the connecting link, turning the drive sheave, and manually opening the doors. Once the problem is diagnosed, we can fix it.

Issues With the Door Drive or Door Control

The door drive or door control is what regulates the door operator. Most elevators nowadays have an integrated-circuit powered door control system. When someone presses the call button, it is recorded in the integrated-circuit and causes the door to open or close. If there is a problem with the drive control, we can repair or replace it for you.

Complications From Ignoring the Problem

If you ignore the problem, it won’t just go away. Any unnecessary friction can damage the door operator. Eventually, the door may stick or refuse to open at all. One of the worst-case-scenarios is that someone becomes trapped inside the elevator because you didn’t repair or maintain the door drive or operator. Also, any delays to your door opening can result in higher electricity consumption.

At Keystone Elevator, we understand the importance of a well-maintained elevator. Call 781-277-4655 or email us today to set up an appointment to service your commercial elevator.

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3 Considerations of an Elevator Maintenance Contract

Elevator maintenance is an essential part of keeping your elevator in good condition so tenants and clients can always get to where they need to be on time. A maintenance plan will make your elevator operate up to code, ensure it passes state inspections, help you avoid costly repairs, and keep your clients and tenants safe. When presented with various contract options, there are three considerations you should make.

What Does the Maintenance Plan Cover?

At Keystone Elevator, we realize each of our clients has different needs when it comes to elevator maintenance. You will need to decide what you need most in an elevator maintenance contract. We custom design our maintenance programs, so if there’s something you need that’s not included in what we present, just let us know and we’ll work to come up with a plan that covers other issues more relevant to your circumstances.

What Is the Cost of Maintenance?

It’s understandable that cost might be one of your biggest issues when looking at your elevator maintenance contract. Fortunately, with our custom features, we can put together a contract that is created with your budget in mind. We can discuss the billing cycle and hourly rates, as well as what the costs are for repairs if they are discovered during an inspection.

What Are the Terms and Conditions?

The terms and conditions of our elevator maintenance contracts are upfront and easy to understand. We want you to be successful, so we discuss our conditions with you upon signing the contract. If there’s anything you’re worried or concerned about, just ask and we’ll go over the details.

Contact Us Today

At Keystone Elevator, we are committed to ensuring your elevator is always in the best of shape with elevator maintenance contracts tailored to your needs. Call 781-277-4655 or email us today to schedule an appointment so we can go over your elevator maintenance contract.

4 Benefits of Elevator Modernization

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Elevators are a convenience not many people are willing to live without. If you own a commercial building that has more than one floor, you probably already have an elevator, but have you given some thought to how old it is? Have you installed the modern conveniences of today to keep up with current demands? The following are four benefits of elevator modernization.

Meeting Requirements

When a new elevator is installed, it must comply with the current ADA requirements. Elevators that already exist don’t have to comply with all of the new requirements, but they may need to be modernized to comply with some. Even if they aren’t required to comply with certain ADA regulations, it will make it more accessible for those with disabilities, making your building more of a convenience than others.

Improving Aesthetic Appeal

If an elevator looks old and rundown, it’s going to give the image of not working well, even if it does. Modernization can improve the aesthetic appeal, giving your entire lobby a new look. If your elevator looks well-maintained riders will feel safer.

Staying Technologically Current

Many of the elevator modernization techniques offer more modern conveniences. Technology is always changing, and people in society expect everything to change with it. Whether that means changing the destination-selection controls or including a more digital system, it can make a huge difference when the technology is up to date.

Saving Energy

Elevator modernization is one of the best ways to increase efficiency and save energy. What was once considered an effective way to get up and down may not be the best way anymore. With energy costs always on the rise, it’s smart to do what you can to save money. A more modern system will cut down on costs.

As you can see, elevator modernization can make a big difference in the way your commercial building is run. Contact Keystone Elevator by calling 781-277-4655 or emailing us today!

What to Do When You’re Stuck In an Elevator

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Getting stuck in an elevator is a rare occurrence, but it does happen. If you find yourself in this situation, there are some things you should know so you make the right moves.

Press the Emergency Button

Every elevator has an “emergency” or “alarm” button. When the elevator gets stuck, push that button first. It will notify someone who can then handle the situation from there. If there is anything the property manager can do, he or she can get it done now that they are aware. If it requires emergency personnel, they can be notified.

Stay Calm

Getting upset is only going to make the situation worse. When people get excited about something, they often act irrationally. Stay as calm as you can. If you are claustrophobic or have other anxieties, close your eyes and practice some slow breathing. Staying calm will also help others in the elevator to stay calm as well.

Get Out of the Way

When emergency workers or an elevator repair person arrive to open the elevator door, you should move out of the way. If there is space, you and everyone in the elevator should move toward the opposite side of the doors.

Leave the Doors Alone

You might be tempted to try and pry the doors open on your own, but that could cause more damage to the elevator, making it harder to open eventually. If someone does pry it open and the car begins to move again, someone could fall out and get injured.

Keeping Your Elevator in Good Shape

If you are a property owner or manager who is responsible for an elevator, it’s important you keep it in good shape so you can avoid this situation altogether. Contact Keystone Elevator by calling 781-277-4655 or sending us an email for elevator service today.

Keep Your Costs Down With Regular Elevator Maintenance

Elevators, like all equipment, require maintenance to remain in the best condition. Despite the necessary repairs, building managers and owners may forego maintenance because it can be inconvenient. The problem with this mindset is if you forego the repairs, then the elevators will eventually stop working as efficiently. Most of the time, elevator servicing contractors do not receive a call from building owners until the problem is already obvious and more expensive.

If you want to keep your elevator running and cut down on costs, then you’re going to need preventative maintenance.

Routine Contracts May Be More Affordable

If you enter into a routine maintenance contract with an elevator service company, then you can save on maintenance throughout the year. A contractor will visit your building according to the schedule that you set and will offer detailed reports about your elevator. If there are any issues, they will catch them and repair them right away, rather than waiting for them to get worse.

Major Repairs Stop Elevators for Longer

You may worry about stopping your elevator for maintenance, but routine maintenance is quick, whereas if your elevator breaks down, you are going to have more lengthy repairs. Your guests, staff, or tenants are going to have to wait even longer for an alternative elevator. This can dip into your building’s productivity or cause complaints from your guests.

Doors and Rollers Need the Most Upkeep

To maintain your elevator system and otherwise lower your repair costs, focus on the doors and rollers. Doors are the most heavily used component in your elevator. They undergo a lot of wear and tear and may need to be aligned regularly. Issues with the doors and rollers can lead to performance issues.

Do not let your costs go up because you didn’t receive preventative maintenance on your elevators. Contact Keystone Elevator by calling 781-277-4655 or emailing us today!

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3 Signs That Your Elevator Needs Repairs

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If your building has an elevator, then odds are your guests and staff rely heavily on it to transport them throughout the building. It is your responsibility to ensure a safe and convenient ride.

Elevators have a long lifespan, so how do you know when something is wrong? When is it time for you to invest in repairs or a new elevator? Here are three common warning signs.

Extended Wait Times

How long do passengers have to wait for your elevator? Elevators are supposed to be convenient and quick. Guests and staff should not have to wait a long time for the cab to arrive. If your elevators are too slow, it will cut into the productivity of your building. The long wait times could also indicate an issue with the cables, motor, pulleys, or other mechanical components in the elevator.

Unusual Noise Making

Most elevators operate in silence. A modern elevator should be as quiet as possible. Most passengers feel uncomfortable in elevators that make too much noise. If you hear any clanking, this might mean that you could have several different mechanical issues. Some building owners and managers will shrug off any noises from the elevator. Unfortunately, the sounds will worsen and the problems could become worse over time.

Jarring Movements

Your elevator is supposed to have a smooth operation. Jerky movements and sudden stops are unnatural and a sign that your elevator has a problem. The components responsible for moving your elevator may no longer be functioning properly. An elevator that stops suddenly or has rough movements can injure the passengers inside.

If your elevator is showing even one of these signs, you should have a professional inspect it as soon as possible. Keystone Elevator services elevators in commercial buildings, offices, hotels, hospitals, and more. Call 781-277-4655 or email us today to find out more!

How Do You Know If Your Elevator Is ADA Compliant?

As the manager or owner of a commercial building, you are required to make sure your building complies with all codes, laws, and regulations. If it’s been a while since you’ve looked at ADA provisions, you might want to review them to be sure your elevator is compliant. The following are some requirements to be aware of.

Electronic Operation

To be ADA compliant, your elevator must operate electronically. This means the doors have to open and close without anyone touching the actual doors. They need to have a reopening feature that will open the doors without physical contact when someone enters the elevator after the doors have already begun to close.

Floor Space

Your elevators need to have a certain amount of floor space to be ADA compliant. A wheelchair user should be able to comfortably enter and exit the elevator. He or she should be able to reach the controls as well, as they should also be a certain height from the floor.

Hall Signals

Elevators need to have visible and audible hall signals under ADA provisions. If you have more than one elevator in one hallway or location, each elevator should have its own audible, visible hall signal so the user knows which elevator has answered the call button. Ascending and descending directions should have appropriate audible signs, and users should have a verbal signal that shows whether the elevator is headed up or down.

Open Doors

When an elevator door opens, it needs to remain open for a minimum time of three seconds. This gives those with special needs an appropriate amount of time to enter or exit the elevator. If he or she needs more time, the electronic reopening feature should kick in.

Learning More About ADA Compliance

If you’re still unsure whether your commercial elevators are ADA compliant, consult with the professionals. Contact Keystone Elevator by calling 781-277-4655 or emailing us today to learn more!

Is Your Elevator Maintenance Up to Date?

There is no worse time to realize you are behind on elevator maintenance than when you have a liability issue. This may include a customer getting stuck in an elevator or someone tripping and falling after the elevator fails to level. There are a lot of potential risks with unsafe elevators and maintenance is a lot less expensive than the potential lawsuits they might lead to.

Sometimes even keeping up with routine maintenance might not be enough to keep your elevators safe. The maintenance that kept it in shape 20 years ago might not work today. Here are some signs to watch out for.

Overheating Machinery

At some buildings, overheating is such a risk that security officers get tasked with checking the machine rooms while patrolling the floors. Doing this several times throughout each shift helps to provide an early alert to management that something is amiss, so they can call the engineers or elevator maintenance crew to resolve the issue.

Long Wait Times

How long do elevators take to recall for emergencies? Do they all recall with the emergency switch? Have tenants and customers been complaining about long wait times? Check the elevator speed on a regular basis so you can note when each cab begins to take longer than usual.

High Energy Use

If you managed a building before of comparable size with newer elevators, you may have noticed the energy bill was lower. That’s because newer elevator systems are roughly 74% more energy-efficient than older ones. When companies start looking for new ways to cut costs and become more efficient, modernizing is one option to consider.

Frequent Breakdowns

Long before an elevator traps someone behind its doors, it may experience frequent breakdowns. It may not recall at all to the lobby area in emergency mode or may simply stop functioning altogether. This is an indication that something needs to be done and soon.

Keystone Elevator helps property managers across the Greater Boston Metro area to create custom maintenance plans that suit the elevators they have in place. Call 781-277-4655 or email us today for more information!

Choosing the Frequency of Your Elevator Inspections

Having an elevator in your commercial building offers more convenience to your customers, clients, tenants, and other individuals who use the building. Whether someone is carrying a delivery, pushing a stroller, or in a wheelchair, an elevator can be a welcome sight when he or she needs to visit a floor other than the main level.

Did you know your elevator should be inspected on a regular basis to make sure it is safe, up to code, and working correctly? What is a regular basis? The following are some aspects that will help you choose the frequency of your inspections.

The Contract

When your elevator is initially installed, the installers will typically give you a contract that includes maintenance and inspection schedules. It’s possible a certain amount of inspections are covered in your installation cost, and it’s also possible your particular elevator will need more inspections than another. Your installer can help you determine how often to have this done.

The Model

Different elevators are made with different parts. Some are older, while others are more modern. The model of your elevator will help you determine the frequency of your inspections. A newer model may not need an inspection as frequently as an older model. A more complex model may need a more intensive schedule.

The Time

If it’s been a while since your last elevator inspection, you might get one done now simply because of the amount of time it’s been. Many experts will suggest you don’t go any longer than 12 months between inspections, and shorter depending on the first two aspects discussed above. Better safe than sorry, so if you’re not sure how long it’s been, get one scheduled as soon as possible.

Contacting the Professionals

Having your elevator in top shape at all times is one of the best ways to ensure your tenants and customers are happy and safe. Contact Keystone Elevator today by calling 781-277-4655 or emailing us to learn more about regular inspections.