Stairs are too much work, escalators are ordinary, but elevators still retain the glamour of a golden age. They whisk people vertically through a building, often in grand style. All of this is true enough when the elevator is in good working order, but when the unit is stuck on the ground floor, all bets are off. There are many ways to make sure your elevator system will hold up to constant use. These include regular inspections, preventative maintenance, modernization, and quality repairs.
The Main Causes of Elevator Malfunctions
Some elevator breakdowns can be blamed on the human element, while others are due to mechanical problems. So far, engineers have yet to design a perfect machine, and elevators are no exception. Here are the most common reasons an elevator could cease to operate safely and properly:
- Misuse – From rambunctious children to mischievous adolescents to oblivious adults, people don’t always do what they should. Vandalism, smoking, overloading, and other obnoxious behaviors occur every day in elevators. These actions cause parts to be overworked or broken. You can put up signs warning against such behaviors or install a CCTV. Otherwise, order repairs as soon as possible.
- Age – The older a system gets, the more likely parts will become worn and need to be replaced. Older machines may also be using outdated technologies. Getting a new system may save you money in the long run on decreased energy bills and repairs.
- Improper Maintenance – Trying to save money by foregoing inspections and regular maintenance is almost always a bad idea. This inevitably results in breakdowns, inconvenienced tenants, and unexpected repairs. A complete modernization of an old system enables the system and the building to operate more efficiently.
Partner With the Professionals
Whether your elevator is located in a shopping mall, hotel, apartment unit, hospital, or office building, contact the licensed technicians at Keystone Elevator Service & Modernization. Call 781-277-4655 or email us to learn about your options for maintenance programs and inspections.