The average elevator can last for around two decades depending on how often it is used, the design of the components and the quality of the maintenance it is provided with. After all, staying on top of repair work is an essential part of elevator ownership. With this said, they are not invincible and will eventually reach the end of their lifespan. Read on as we go over everything you need to know about replacing an elevator …


There are many reasons why people replace an old elevator, however most property owners do it as an investment in order to modernise their property. After all, with a 20-year longevity guarantee, most elevators are incredibly out of date and in poor quality by the time they need replacing. In addition to this, an elevator replacement can also be carried out for safety reasons as it becomes very difficult to repair old elevator models when the parts are no longer being made.

The Signs

Choosing to replace an elevator is not a decision you should make lightly. After all, it is an expensive and time-consuming task. Luckily, your elevator will give you many signs in order to signal that it is time to consider making an investment in a newer model. In fact, they are easy to spot when you know what you are looking for. For example, an elevator that changes speed suddenly and erratically or is frequently breaking down is considered a safety risk and should be replaced as soon as possible. In addition to this, an incredibly old elevator that is held together by patch work repair jobs should also be replaced with a more up to date model with higher quality and safer mechanics.


Once you have decided to replace your old elevator, it is important that you work with a reputable and high-quality engineer in order to ensure that you get the best installation possible. After all, the old cab must be removed safely before you can have the new one put in its place. Although it is impossible to give clients an exact time frame for an elevator replacement, most decommissions take just two days, and an average installation can take 2-5 months from the date of enquiry to the date of completion.

Ensuring that you have a regular and high-quality maintenance contract in place for your elevator is the number one rule of elevator ownership. After all, you can’t drive your car if it doesn’t pass its MOT test so why put people at risk by letting them use an elevator that hasn’t been serviced? After all, maintenance is the most effective way find and fix a fault before it turns into a costly affair. Plus, a professional can also tell you when it is time to consider a replacement. Here at Elevators Ltd, we work hard to help our customers get the best deal. In fact, we are the lift company you want on your side when it’s time to replace your old elevator with a shiny new one. Get in contact with a member of the team to find out more information today!