What Is Your Elevator Trying To Tell You? Warning Signs Of Potential Problems

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What Is Your Elevator Trying To Tell You? Warning Signs Of Potential Problems

19 January 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Even if you institute and keep up with a comprehensive maintenance plan for your elevators, they're going to need repair or replacement at some point along the way. The mechanical components of the elevator will wear from use. The key is recognizing the signs of that wear and tear before they lead to complete failure that renders your elevator unusable. Here are some of the key warning signs that you should watch for to address elevator problems before they lead to serious issues.

Slow Call Responses

Long waits for an elevator to respond to a call can not only be frustrating for the passengers, but it can also be one of the earliest warnings that there's a problem developing in your control system. The best way to spot these types of problems is to test the elevator call speed regularly, such as once a month.

When you first install the elevator, measure how long it takes to travel from the first floor to the topmost level. Test it during rush hour periods as well as during off-peak times. Use these measurements as your initial baseline to determine if things are slowing down.

Slow response times for elevator calls may be a sign that the relay is failing, or it could be an indication that your elevator's mechanical system is in need of an upgrade. Sometimes, upgrading a mechanical relay elevator to a computerized control system can reduce your wait times significantly.

System Overheating

The drive and control system of your elevator is vulnerable to overheating. In most cases, the equipment is placed over the roof of the building in a space that relies solely on louvers for ventilation. Without any integrated heating and cooling system, that leaves the equipment vulnerable to temperatures.

Additionally, trying to use outdoor air and a fan system to cool the equipment can be problematic as well. Before you draw in outside air for ventilation, make sure that you filter it well. Otherwise, you risk introducing dirt, dust and other particles into the system, which can cause damage to the sensitive gears and components.

Avoid this by installing a stand-alone cooling system in your elevator's equipment room. Choose a cooling system that includes advanced filtration to keep the air clean and protect the internal components.

Although these are not the only indicators of elevator problems, they are two of the most common warning signs. When you understand not only what these problems are but how to deal with them, you can help to reduce the downtime for your elevators. Speak with specialists like Golden State Elevator Service Inc. for more information.