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Why Invest in Elevator Maintenance

In the hustle and bustle of day-to-day business operations, it is normal to forget about the things that become routine. Most business managers or owners do not give much thought to their elevator maintenance plan, but failing to focus on elevator maintenance is a critical safety mistake. Here at Keystone Elevator, we understand that there are many reasons elevator maintenance is important, and here are a few of them.

1. Consumer and Employee Safety

An elevator is an expected piece of machinery in multi-floor establishments. Consumers and staff don’t typically give too much thought to their operation or how often they’re maintained. To most clients and employees, the elevator just does what it does. They expect it to open when they press a button and carry them to the desired floor without issue. Unfortunately, if an elevator is not in optimal condition, problems can occur, like malfunctioning doors or getting stuck between floors. By working with us to create a maintenance solution that works for you and your establishment, we can ensure that your elevators remain fully functional and in pristine condition.

2. Less Managerial Concern

Preventive maintenance equals peace of mind. Business operations take up enough of an owner’s or manager’s time. Those additional precious hours worrying about preventable elevator repairs when an elevator is shut down can dramatically affect business operations until fixed.

3. Cost Efficiency

While a majority of elevator repairs are inexpensive, especially when they are corrected right away, when problems are left to fester, repairs can become exceedingly expensive. It’s a compounding effect that is better avoided. When choosing to work with our company, we create a maintenance strategy so that any potential problems are dealt with when they are still minor issues.

If you would like to get ahead of any potential elevator problems, do not hesitate to contact a Keystone Elevator technician and schedule an inspection. Our technicians are both certified and qualified to assess any potential mechanical issues and provide you with a proposed maintenance schedule. Call 781-277-4655 or email us today to learn more.

Understanding the Life Cycle of an Elevator

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Elevator Life Cycle Factors 

Elevators come in a variety of styles, types, and models. These differentiating factors may affect the elevator’s maintenance requirements and overall life cycle. However, despite the differences, there are ways to increase the life cycle of all elevators.

How Modernizing Affects the Life Cycle

If you want your elevator to last, you need to have regular maintenance performed. If you don’t invest in regular maintenance, your elevator’s expected life cycle will decrease drastically. An elevator that is expected to last 20 years may now last only 15. While regular maintenance will keep your elevator in working order, it is not always enough to prevent the technology from becoming obsolete. This is where modernization comes in. Modernization is a great option when your elevator needs more than just repairs but hasn’t quite reached its end. Modernization allows you to upgrade your elevator by replacing any outdated components.

How Inspections and Maintenance Plans Make a Difference

Work with your elevator service provider to manage your elevator’s life span. We perform inspections, create maintenance plans, and upgrade an elevator whenever it begins to lose its efficiency. Without a maintenance plan, your elevator is a mystery. There may be seemingly small problems that go unnoticed, but over time they will grow into large, costly problems.

How the Environment Damages Elevators

One of the many things that can affect your elevator is the elements. If moisture finds its way into your elevator, it can result in severe water damage, mold, or rot. Water can completely sabotage any metal structure and mechanical device. Other elevators, such as hydraulic elevators, are vulnerable when it comes to seismic activities and harsh temperatures.

Servicing the Greater Boston Metro, we provide elevator service to office buildings, hotels, hospitals, shopping malls, and more. If you invest in maintenance and modernization for your elevator, you can push the lifespan far beyond the typical 25 years. Start extending the life of your elevator today by contacting Keystone Elevator.

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How to Keep Your Elevators ADA Compliant

When you install an elevator, you have to follow the Americans with Disability Act guidelines. The ADA ensures that those who have disabilities can access elevators and safely operate them. As a property manager, it is your responsibility to ensure that the ADA’s regulations are upheld.

Door Opening and Closing Requirements

Your doors must remain open for at least three seconds at a time. Additionally, there should be a reopening device detection point, in case someone gets stuck between the elevator doors. In the elevator, passengers must have a clear sign that the elevator has arrived at the destination. There must be visible signs, lights, and a verbal or auditory signal.

Button Requirements

Numerical buttons have to be in ascending order and must be reachable to someone in a wheelchair. There should also be a two-way communication system that anyone can safely reach. Door open and close buttons have to be above emergency buttons, and there should never be any symbols that could be confused for another. All buttons should also have braille beneath so that those with visual impairments can also access the controls.

Dimension Requirements

In addition to button and door requirements, all elevators must be in an accessible place in the building. The cart must be big enough for a wheelchair to enter comfortably. An elevator should be at least 80” by 54”. When it comes to door width, a wheelchair requires at least 36” width of clearance. Not only does this help wheelchair users, but the width of the door helps when multiple passengers are boarding at the same time.

If a company chooses not to follow ADA regulations, they may face a fine of up to $75,000. When you work with Keystone Elevator, we can help you stay up to date on the changing regulations. To find out more about elevator servicing in the Greater Boston Metro, call 781-277-4655 or email us today!

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!