The average elevator is relatively easy to maintain. After all, most problems are found early and can be repaired quickly as long as the cab is provided with routine inspections and servicing. With this said, it is important that property owners are able to tell when their elevator could use an unscheduled inspection by a licenced engineer as some issues can appear out of nowhere. Read on as the team here at Elevators Ltd go over three unusual elevator noises that shouldn’t be left to fester…

Is your elevator making a clanking sound?

Although the sound of a metal ‘clang’ is not uncommon with old elevator models, it is important that it is investigated in order to ensure that the system is safe for use. After all, there are many different components within an elevator that can make a clanging sound such as the rising and lowering of a counterweight, the movement of the entire system in MRL lifts and also the sound of the brake releasing in traction models. Since this noise can suggest that the brake may need to be replaced, an elevator engineer should be called out to investigate promptly upon discovery.

Is your elevator making a grinding sound?

There are a lot of different metal components found within the shaft of an elevator and the machine room and these require lubrication from oil in order to ensure that they glide over one another smoothly and quietly. This means that a grinding noise coming from an elevator may suggest that there is a lack of oil lubrication. Luckily, this tends to be a fault that affects the bearings and, depending on the severity of the damage, can often be easily rectified with more oil or a replacement.

Is your elevator making a squeaking sound?

An elevator should operate as quietly as possible and this means that the development of a high-pitched squeak is often a cause for concern. With this in mind, the components within an elevator need to be greased regularly as a lack of lubrication can also cause a squeaking noise to develop. In addition to this, trapped dirt and debris can also be the culprit if this type of noise develops suddenly. As a result, an engineer should always investigate to ensure that a squeaking noise isn’t the by-product of a more serious problem.

From a shaking sensation as the cab moves between the floors to severe mis-levelling, it is vital that property owners recognise when an urgent elevator inspection may be required. After all, a subtle grinding noise may not sound very serious but it can actually indicate that there is an urgent issue with the moving parts within the motor itself. To find out more information about making an informed lift maintenance decision, get in contact with a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!