With the right care and maintenance, an elevator can provide several decades worth of service. After all, these man-made contraptions are designed with reliability and longevity in mind in order to ensure that property owners receive the best value for money on their investment. With this said, mechanical installations cannot regulate their own maintenance which means that an engineer may need to be contracted several times during a cab’s lifespan due to general wear and tear. Read on as the team here at Elevators Ltd go over three signs that a cab is in need of repair work…
What is mis-levelling?
An elevator cab travels within a shaft and the platform is designed to stop flush with the floor in order to allow passengers to enter and leave safely, however, mis-levelling occurs when the cab stops just below the floor or just above it, creating a dangerous and hazardous space that can put passengers at risk of tripping. In fact, a cab that does not fall level with the floor can also prevent wheelchairs and pushchairs from being manoeuvred with ease. As a result, property owners should always have an engineer inspect the system when mis-levelling occurs.
How fast should an elevator cab travel?
A passenger elevator found in a public building should travel at a speed of 3-5 m/s, however, this can differ depending on the model of elevator that has been installed and the type of system that is in place. With this said, a cab that appears to be travelling at a much slower speed than normal should always be investigated by a licenced engineer as this can be a sign that the components within are worn and require replacing.
What noises should an elevator cab make?
Although technology has advanced considerably since the modern elevator was designed, it is still normal for a traditional traction lift to make some noise as it moves, however, these sounds are often muffled using soundproofing materials. As a result, any unusual noises such as the sound of metal grinding on metal or a juddering motion as the cab moves is a sign that the system needs to be inspected promptly as the development of new sounds often signals that the inner workings of an elevator are damaged.
Here at Elevators Ltd, we believe that passenger safety should be the number one priority of every property owner that chooses to invest in an elevator. After all, the early signs of wear and tear may not seem like an emergency but they provide a window of opportunity that allows the property owner to contact an engineer and put a repair plan into place. To find out more information about the importance of lift maintenance, get in contact with a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!