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Easy Ways To Avoid Elevator Breakdowns

Ross Stewart

Elevator breakdowns are scary and can be dangerous. Have more than a couple such incidents and your tenants and/or customers will consider taking their business elsewhere. Even long wait times can discourage and annoy customers. Fortunately, there are several easy things you can do to help insure that your elevators are running safely and efficiently.

Ways to avoid elevator problems

1. Take steps to thwart vandals. Vandalism isn't just unsightly, but can cause your elevators to fail prematurely. Avoid such issues by installing vandal-proof interiors and control panels, so that would-be criminals can't get their hands on the critical buttons. Keeping your elevators running smoothly can also help to prevent vandalism caused by frustrated riders.

2. Evaluate wait times and performance. Long wait times are frustrating to visitors and can be a sign of an issue with the elevator's central control panel. A good way to gauge the unit performance is to record the times, both in peak and non-peak hours, and compare them to the manufacturers' specifications. Noticing a consistent variance early can help you address the issue before it becomes an aggravation to your visitors.

3. Don't ignore an aging elevator. Elevator technology is changing constantly. Therefore, most elevators will need to be replaced as the new models outpace the old. Signs that it's time to order a new model include slow response times and higher than average energy bills. Just upgrading your control system to one that uses a micro-processor can reduce your riders' wait times by up to 50 percent.

4. Maintaining good ventilation. Overheating is a common problem with elevators. Since elevator control systems are frequently located in areas that aren't cooled during warm weather season, ventilation is essential to keep humidity and excessive heat from taxing the system. The temperature in uncooled spaces on the upper levels of buildings can get extremely hot in the middle of the summer.

5. Keeping your system clean. Dirt and debris that collect in your elevator's central control system can cause the system to have to work harder to push all of that dust around, thus shortening the lifespan of the entire system.

While all elevators have a problem every once in a while, you can dramatically reduce the problems you and your visitors and tenants have with your elevators by planning for your elevator to become obsolete, maintaining adequate ventilation and taking steps to prevent and control vandalism. To learn more about elevators, contact someone like Golden State Elevator Service Inc.