When it comes to lifts, you might find that you don’t pay them much attention. After all, they’re contraptions that take us up and down multiple storey buildings, and their primary function is to get us somewhere else entirely. The fact of the matter is that the majority of people don’t know an awful lot about lifts.

Due to the fact that the mechanics behind operating lifts are hidden from public view, this leaves a lot to the imagination. All the general public really get to see are the doors opening and closing, and then the interior of the lift itself. This has ultimately led to a series of common misconceptions about lifts, and we’re here at Elevators Ltd to bust these myths once and for all.

  • Lifts Can Catch Themselves

You wouldn’t see a tennis ball throw itself into the sky and then catch itself in mid-air, and you shouldn’t expect the same from lifts. But there are plenty of people out there who have claimed that they have been in a lift that has fallen several floors and then caught itself, as if it was playing some sort of prank on them. However, this sensation is just a result of a passenger getting into a lift and then it moving in the opposite direction they were expecting, or the lift is moving quicker than expected and has given the impression of falling.

  • Lifts Are Supported By One Rope

A common misconception is that lifts are held up by a solitary rope, which could eventually snap and send any passengers inside careering down. This can cause some people to be a little anxious when getting into a lift, but it’s important to realise that this myth is simply not true. Lifts are supported by multiple steel cables, each of which could support the entire lift by itself- even if it was at full passenger capacity. There is only one elevator in history to fall due to the cables failing- and that was only because a plane crashed into the building.

  • The Doors Will Open Prematurely

Some passengers can really get themselves worked up about the functionality of the lift doors. They believe that the doors can either open when they are inside and the lift hasn’t stopped, or that the doors in the corridor will open before the lift has got there. Lifts are specially designed so that the elevator car itself controls the doors, meaning that it is impossible for the doors to open before they are supposed to.

At Elevators Ltd, we know all there is to know about lifts and the way they operate, and we provide the best lift maintenance services that money can buy. Whether you own a passenger lift or a platform lift, Elevators Ltd are the only call you should make to carry out any checks or repairs. Contact us today to find out more about the services that we provide!