Lift Refurbishment: When It Is An Option?
If you find you are having issues with your lift, rather than replacing it, you may find that lift refurbishment could be the solution. But with approximately half of all lifts in the UK being over 30 years old, lift owners/operators are frequently faced with questions about what to do with their old lift.
As with all electromechanical equipment, lifts come to a point when parts break, and the reliability of service is going to be compromised. If major component failure can be pre-empted, however, you can avoid your lift being out of action for a prolonged period; for example, a controller failure could mean it is not working for around 8 to 12 weeks.
Refurbishment is often a much more favourable option than replacement: not only will this be cheaper in most cases, but it also results in a longer life expectancy, so, with this in mind, in this blog we discuss when you need to look out for the signs of refurbishment.
What does lift refurbishment actually mean?
When something is restored ‘as new’ we can say it has been refurbished. Worn out equipment is just replaced like for like and that’s it. If lift components and lift equipment are replaced in this way, this is not classified as an upgrade. The replaced components will carry on working as the originals were designed to do.
Some simple things for property managers and residential management companies (RMCs) to keep an eye on, which often indicate other apparent issues, are:
- Increased breakdowns or lift failures
- Bad levelling of the lift or erratic movement when the lift starts or stops
- Strange noises from the lift shaft, motor room or car
- Increasing repair costs from your maintenance company
- Doors reopening or not closing correctly
The majority of these things will be highlighted in an insurance inspector’s report. It is much better to prepare for major works to the lift than face the problems as components fail. Lift equipment cannot be bought off the shelf in many scenarios, as many manufacturers make to order.
Moreover, if a part of the mechanism seizes up, the manufacture of a replacement may take up to 4 to 5 weeks, then you need to factor in delivery and installation, meaning that a lift could be out of service for up to 8 weeks.
Commission a survey
If you have concerns always get the lift surveyed. An independent report is a cost-effective way to check on the lifts condition, lifespan and potential expenditure over the short, medium or long term.
It is difficult to keep up with technology and all lift regulations, but do try to ensure that you are always getting the best value from the lift industry and ensure your lift is in keeping with health and safety regulations.
Here at Euro Lifts, our products can all be tailor-made to suit your specifications and they are all thoroughly tried and tested to ensure they are safe and operating at peak efficiency. Perhaps you’re looking to make aspects of your home more accessible, or maybe you want a lift to make your business operate more efficiently. Whatever your requirements, Euro Lifts Limited is an elevator company that can assist you. Get in touch to find out more.