How to Keep Your Home Elevator Safe and Operational

When you invest in a home elevator, you are installing a major piece of machinery in your house. As with anything mechanical, it’s important to understand the basics that keep your home elevator safe and operational. Here we review the basics of home elevator safety and maintenance so you are ready to solve issues should they arise.

Safety First

Let’s start with safety, as you want to ensure you avoid accidents when using or maintaining your home elevator:

  • Make sure you know your elevator’s weight limit, so you avoid dangerous overloads
  • When riding the elevator keep all limbs and anything you are carrying with you at least 5 CMs from the cab gate and walls
  • Keep the landing doors closed when the elevator is not in use
  • If you are encountering issues with the car gate or landing door locking system don’t use the elevator and don’t try to bypass or tamper with the door locks
  • Don’t disable or remove door locks or other safety features to suit your needs as this can make operation dangerous
  • If you experience an uneasy ride or hear odd sounds when the elevator is in operation, call for repairs
  • Don’t try to exit the elevator until it has come to a full stop
  • Try to keep the elevator landing area clear, including tripping dangers such as torn or frayed carpeting or flooring
  • Always watch your step when leaving or entering the elevator
  • Don’t try to open the car gate when the elevator is in motion

These tips will help reduce the risk of accidents.

Keep a Log

Keep a log of elevator malfunctions, even if they seem to correct themselves. This can come in handy for maintenance calls from your elevator installation company. Also, if you do encounter ongoing issues, keep a record of any repair calls you make.

Do Regular Inspections

Conduct your own inspections of your home elevator to look for signs of issues. It’s always best to catch them early to avoid major malfunctions. Your checklist should include:

  • Making sure buttons are working properly
  • Testing that the door opens and closes properly
  • Looking for signs of damage such as bent gates, raised floors, or cracked glass

Anything that appears unusual or broken should be addressed right away.

Two Common Areas for Malfunction

If your elevator won’t operate there are two common areas that can cause malfunctions:

1.     Doors: Obstructions can cause issues with smooth door operation. As well, elevators generally won’t operate if the door is not closed securely. Always keep an eye out for anything that might be caught in the door for both the inner and outer elevator doors. This is especially important if you have pets or children in the home who might leave or drop items in the door.

2.     Power: Your home has a dedicated circuit breaker or fuse panel responsible for powering its parts and movement. If you find the elevator isn’t responding, it could be power related. Check your general house power to see if this is the issue. If everything else in the house works, check the dedicated fuse in your fuse panel to see if there is an issue there. If this seems fine, check your elevator reset switch and see if this restores the power. Last but not least it could also be the emergency switch is not in the run position. If this doesn’t work, you will need to call for repairs.

These tips will help keep your home elevators operating safely and reliably.