Expected LifespanThere are many factors that influence the expected life of an elevator. This can include:
- Equipment design
- How much it is used
- Environmental factors
- Maintenance program (quality and schedule)
Factors Influencing Elevator LifeThere are two main factors that have an influence on the elevator’s life. 1. Controls An elevator made by a major company is considered to last longer than the one manufactured by an independent control supplier. Every manufacturer owns the controller software code and has proprietary control over the design. 2. Scheduled Maintenance If an elevator is not maintained regularly, its lifespan is going to decline drastically. You can expect such a unit requiring modernization in as short a period as 10 years. When maintained well, a unit may need to be modernized only to meet the latest building code or to increase your home’s value.
What to Do to Extend Your Elevator’s Lifespan?If your elevator suffers damages or general wear and tear, it may not be possible to improve its condition. But regular and quality maintenance and parts replacement can help delay modernization. It is recommended to follow these maintenance tips to increase your unit’s life:
- Temperature: It is recommended to maintain the machine room’s temperature in the 15 to 32 degree Celsius range
- Visual Inspection: It is recommended to visually inspect your elevator every week
- Cab Lights: Make sure to replace non-working cab lights during maintenance checks. Usually, this part is not included in the contract, so you will have to ask the service team for a replacement.
- Cleaning: The car tracks, hall door, and light ray unit can be cleaned yourself. This can help prevent many issues. Avoid the use of cleaners on the controls because they can get corroded over time. Make sure that the drip tray is free of water.
- Buttons: If the buttons get stuck, you can tap them lightly to remove them. Avoid the use of tools to prevent any damage.
- Written Records of Issues: It is recommended to maintain a written record of all the issues. You can then easily explain the problems when the service team comes for scheduled maintenance.
- Paint the Door Frames: You should be careful when painting the door frames. Any paint that sticks out can dislodge the rubber door stops.
- Spills: If there are any spills in the hoistway or elevator, you should call the professionals.
- Building Pressure: Make sure that a stable pressure is created by keeping the doors closed.