If your apartment or business building has an elevator that seems to be a bit worse for wear, then it’s probably time for a replacement. However, there could be a number of things holding you back from making the call to having an elevator replaced. The business of your building might be an issue depending on how many elevators you own. There could be complaints if you have elderly tenants not being able to leave their floors either. If you are still unsure of what to do, here are three signs your elevator needs to be replaced.
Slowing Down: If you have noticed a change in the speed of your elevator, you might have to start thinking about an elevator replacement. The wear of an elevator can be increased with large parties piling into the elevator day after day especially if it is located in an office building. By pushing your elevator through the strain of a heavy load every day, it’s not going to improve with time. In fact, while you are waiting for elevator inspections, it is safer to start asking the buildings patrons to take the stairs, so there is no more strain or the possibility of an accident.
Mid-Leveling: When an elevator always stops a little above or below the floor, it is a sign that the brakes are worn. The process of mid-leveling can occur over time and might not be noticeable in the beginning. However, when the breaks start to wear down, there can be a more noticeable impact with tripping and falling without realizing that the elevator has stopping an inch lower than the floor. These accident are just the beginning if your elevator is heavily used in your building. Mid-leveling is a prime sign that your brakes must be fixed and the entire elevator be inspected.
Constantly Breaking Down: When an elevator refuses to work, the doors keep refusing to open or close, or there are many floor malfunctions in a week, then your elevator is beginning its end. The signs of an elevator needing replacing are really defined by the constant break down. No matter how many times you get it repaired, it’s like your elevator is in a hopeless downward spiral. By finally accepting that your elevator is at its end, you can put it out of its misery and begin searching for a replacement.
When you have final ordered a replacement for your elevator, it’s time to start warning the tenant or people who visit your buildings every day. If you only have one elevator in your building, your first warning should be to the elderly and those who are unable to walk comfortably up or down stairs. By keeping your tenants informed, your elevator replacement process could run a lot smoother.