Do You Need Lift Refurbishment?
Many of us rely on commercial or domestic lifts in our day to day lives and they provide many useful functions, from allowing easier disabled access to saving us carrying heavy shopping up many flights of stairs. A malfunctioning lift can be a great inconvenience (especially in a workplace setting) and it can pose a great danger to employees or residents of the building.
It’s important to be aware of the signs that indicate your lift needs replacement or repair and catching the problem early can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Regular servicing and maintenance can help keep your lift in good condition for as long as possible, but if you notice any of the warning signs below, you may need lift refurbishment
Slow waiting times
It’s normal to wait a little longer for the lift during peak times, but if you’re noticing that your lift is consistently slower than usual, it may be time for a replacement. A slow lift might mean that the doors are taking longer to open and close, or it may be moving more slowly between floors. Either way, it can be a great inconvenience and interfere with the efficiency of your business. With a busy company, time is of the essence, so call a professional in to take a look
A well functioning lift should move smoothly and silently from floor to floor, with minimal noise as the doors open and close. If you start to hear screeching, clanking or squeaking sounds, this is a sure sign that something is wrong. Unusual noises often indicate a serious mechanical problem, so it’s vital to address the issues before it gets worse. Mechanical failure can be extremely dangerous and a broken lift can cost your business a lot of time of money, so don’t delay.
Strange noises are often accompanied by jerky, sudden movements as the lift travels from floor to floor. A lift which doesn’t move smoothly or jerks sharply as it stops can cause passengers to lose their balance and possibly even injure themselves. It’s especially important to resolve this issue if the lift is in a building with elderly people or those with disabilities and to ensure the overall comfort of anyone using the lift.
Regular maintenance issues
If you find yourself making regular maintenance calls to fix small issues, then it may be time to replace your lift in its entirety. The cost of fixing regular small problems can quickly add up and it’s often an indication of a larger problem. A well-maintained lift should last between 15 and 20 years, but you may find that more and more parts need replacing as time goes on. If you’re calling out a repairman every couple of months and your lift is an older model then it’s probably time for a new lift installation.
Mid levelling occurs when a lift stops slightly above or below the floor level. The issue might not be noticeable at first, but just an inch difference can cause trips and falls as passengers step in and out of the lift. Mid levelling is a sign that the lift brakes have worn down and the problem will only get worse if it isn’t resolved. If your lift gets a lot of heavy use then the brakes will naturally wear down more quickly, but it’s vital to arrange an examination for the safety of anyone using the lift.
If you find that your lift is breaking down every few months it’s often more cost-effective to replace it with a brand new model. You might find that the doors refuse to open, it stops between floors or certain buttons won’t work, but whatever the issue, it can cost you a lot in both time and money. Constant breakdowns are highly inconvenient and indicate that your lift is on its last legs
A worn interior
First impressions matter, especially if you work in a building with frequent visitors or clients to impress. A shabby lift interior isn’t a good look, so if you’ve noticed broken lights, worn buttons or cracked mirrors, it’s time for an upgrade. A sleek, modern lift interior gives a great first impression as soon as visitors enter your building and it makes the overall experience more pleasant for passengers.
A new lift installation with modern handrails, LED lighting and new flooring adds aesthetic value to your premises and you can be sure that your lift is as efficient as it can be, both inside and out.
It’s too small
It’s natural for businesses to grow and you may find that the lift capacity is now too small for your current needs. There’s also the current climate and need for social distancing to consider and this will affect how many people can use the lift at any given time. Packing too many people into a lift can be dangerous (both in terms of disease spreading and increasing the chances of a breakdown), so it’s much safer to opt for new lift installation.
You might opt for one larger lift to replace the existing model or add several new additional lifts, depending on your needs. A professional lift company will be able to discuss your requirements and recommend the best option to suit your needs.
National and local lift safety regulations will change over time and you may find that an older lift model no longer complies with the new rules. Employers or building owners have a legal responsibility to ensure all lifts comply with the necessary regulations, to ensure the safety of any passengers and to avoid any potential fines.
Employers have a duty to protect their staff from potential injury caused by manual handling; in other words, there must be a safe way to transport goods or equipment (usually via lift). Lift use also falls under The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), which sets out regulations to ensure all equipment is suitable for its intended use.
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) are also important; these ensure that any lift equipment is strong and stable enough for the intended use. It also covers installation and positioning and any new lift installation will need to comply with these regulations. You can find out more about the latest official government lift regulations here.
Trusted Lift Installations in the South West – From Euro Lifts Limited
If you’re looking for a reliable lift refurbishment for your business in the South West, get in touch with the experts at Euro Lifts Limited. We’re proud to have built a reputation as one of the most reliable and cost-effective lift companies for clients across the South West of England. All of our refurbishments are carried out by fully qualified engineers trained to the highest standards and it’s often more cost-effective than lift replacement. Refurbishments also prevent material wastage, minimise your lift’s downtime and increase its safety and functionality.
We provide refurbishments for a wide range of lifts to suit many different requirements, including stairlifts, goods lifts, through floor lifts, platform lifts and many more. You can rest assured that all refurbishments are in accordance with the relevant safety and quality legislation, so give us a call today or visit our website to find out more.