The average elevator comes with a 10-year lifespan guarantee, however that doesn’t mean that you won’t ever come face to face with a repair. After all, elevators are a piece of machinery and that means that they have to be taken care of by an expert. With this said, a complete breakdown is uncommon and suggests that there is a deeper problem at fault. Here are three reasons why your elevator may suddenly breakdown…

Lack of Maintenance

An elevator cannot self-regulate its own mechanics which is why it is important to have a professional come and inspect it on a routine basis. After all, a problem is left to develop without maintenance and eventually the mechanics are going to fail, and the elevator is going to breakdown. Often, this will happen unexpectedly however sometimes there may be warning signs that maintenance is required such as squeaking or jittering.


In a well-cared for elevator, a breakdown is often the result of malicious intent from vandals. After all, the majority are available for public use which means that hooligans are given free reign to damage public property, often without any repercussions. As a result, many people are now starting to install CCTV inside their elevator cabs.

Old Age

When an elevator has been in operation for many years, no amount of maintenance can save it from its ultimate demise. After all, technology cannot last forever! This means that a broken-down elevator can be the result of old age and means that it may be time to upgrade to the latest model on the market.

It may be a bitter pill to swallow but it is important to remember that nothing is immune, not even the mechanics of an elevator. After all, they require human intervention in order to stay in tip top condition. If your elevator has started making some unusual noises, it could be a sign that some lift maintenance is required as soon as possible. To speak to an expert, get in contact with a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!