Signs It’s Time For A Lift Repair
Regular lift maintenance and servicing are essential to ensure the lift is in top working condition. However, you should look out for a few things that may suggest a repair or service is required. No matter how small the problem may seem, it has the potential of putting people’s lives at risk and can result in loss of profit for the business.
Lifts are used in day-to-day lives at some point or another. Whether it’s to reach the top floor of an office block or to simply move between floors in a home, lifts are common in daily movement. So, what do we do when they break down or require repairs? The lift may only be used by a couple of people or used by hundreds of people each day; either way, it’s important to know when it needs repairing to ensure the safety of those using it.
The lift is slowing down
An obvious sign that a lift needs repairing is if it starts to slow down. Over time all elevators suffer from wear and tear, however, the wear can be increased if there are large volumes of people using the lift every day. This is a common occurrence in commercial buildings such as offices and hotels, where the lift is constantly moving between floors. Although a lift is designed to withstand heavy weight loads, with constant use this can cause it to slow down.
If you’re noticing that it is taking longer to get floor to floor, it may be time to call a professional. Another sign of it needing a repair is that the doors are staying closed for longer between each floor. Whether your lift is within a home or a business building, it is essential that it is always in working order and safe for use. Don’t leave it too long before reaching out to a professional, as the longer you wait, the more damage it can cause.
The lift is making strange noises
Lifts are designed to run smoothly and silently, with minimal bumps and noises. If, when using the lift, you start noticing strange noises, this could be an indication that there is something that needs addressing. While it may be tempting to ignore unusual noises coming from your lift – what harm can a little bit of squeaking do? – It is important that a professional is contacted as soon as possible. Strange noises are usually an indication of serious mechanical problems.
If you notice noises of screeching, squeaking or clanking, pay attention to them as they can worsen quite quickly and then you’ll have bigger problems on your hands. By hiring a professional to see to your lift maintenance will ensure that your lift works as it should and eliminate the possibility of mechanical failure.
Your lift keeps breaking down
Lifts can break down in a number of ways. Maybe the doors are refusing to open or they don’t close when you need them to. In some cases, the lift may refuse to work entirely, leaving you to take the stairs. If the lift is constantly breaking down and you are experiencing problems on a regular basis, this is a sign that it may be on its way out or in dire need of repair.
If you think holding off on repairs or ignoring the signs will help you save money as you don’t need to call someone out, think again. It is essential that you call a professional, not getting your lift serviced is putting you at risk, as well as employees and customers. If your lift has been serviced but is still noticing issues, it could be an indication that your lift needs to be replaced. As soon as this is a thought of yours, you should get in contact with a professional.
The Lift is Mid-levelling
Mid-levelling is something that can occur over a length of time, at first, you may not spot it happening. If your lift is stopping a bit below or above the floor each time it stops, this is an indication that the brakes in the lift are worn.
Mid-levelling is something that most definitely should not be ignored. Over time, the breaks will wear down even more and the gaps will get bigger, increasing the risk of trips and falls. People using the lift may not notice it stopping above or below the floor, causing them to trip over, leading to injuries and accidents.
As previously stated, the safety of the people using your lift always needs to be a priority, so contact a professional as soon as you notice it. A trained professional will be able to repair the brakes and inspect the lift in more detail to ensure that it is up and running in no time.
The lift is jerky
As previously mentioned, your lift should run smoothly and with no issues. The ride up to the top floor of your office block, hotel or home should be effortless and smooth – so if you notice that your lift isn’t running smoothly between floors, you should have it looked at by a professional. If you have noticed that your lift bounces to a stop on a floor or jerks up quickly, an inspection is required.
Sudden jerky lift movements can cause passengers to lose their balance, resulting in accidents and injuries. This can be especially dangerous if passengers with disabilities are using your lift. As soon as you notice any strange movements in your lift, you should contact a professional lift repair company to inspect your lift’s mechanical system.
We hope these points make you aware of issues you should be looking for when it comes to lift repairs. It is important for the safety of the lift users that you contact a professional as soon as possible, to avoid any further issues.
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