Lifts are always designed to a very high standard and manufactured to operate for many years more than most expect. Most lifts are designed to be in service for a life span of 30 years or more however they will require regular lift maintenance.
However, most lift owners see maintenance costs of a lift as a cost that they do not wish to take on. That is until they experience a lift breakdown. Lift owners then face the hard truth that spending a few hundreds of pounds per year on maintenance could have saved them thousands of pounds in the long run.
All lifts, escalators, and travelators are different, they don’t all require the same services, but they all require a form of service to ensure they remain functioning safely for many years to come. If your lift is slow, broken, or poorly maintained, it will be easily noticed by visitors, this can cause a lot of difficulties for those with lifts in retail or commercial buildings. Not only this but in the worst-case scenario, a poorly maintained lift could ever cause harm to users if it falls or potentially trapping users inside.
This is why lift servicing is crucial. Allowing trained and experienced technicians to identify and fix issues like faulty lights, subpar ride quality, and door problems. A properly serviced elevator is more reliable, faster and a better all-round experience for all of its users.
Like all machinery, lifts have a series of complex moving parts which require regular maintenance to ensure the lifts work safely and effectively. Knowing exactly how often servicing is needed will depend on the type of lift, how frequently the lift is used, and the number of floors the lift serves. For example, low-use elevators typically only need a couple of service visits a year, while high-use lifts in retail and commercial buildings tend to require a lot more attention.
When considering your lift servicing frequency, remember that this is a preventative measure. The purpose of servicing your lift is simply to ensure that it services your needs as long as possible whilst keeping its running costs low.
During a servicing visit for your lift, an engineer should assess the lift’s safety features, and clean, lubricate and adjust different components.
When having your lift serviced, you should expect the following to be checked:
- Signs, locks and keys
- Cables and belts
- Electrical mechanisms
- Doors, buttons and controls
- Shaft structure
- Emergency backup system
- Alarms and communication equipment
- Screws and nuts
- Lubrication and smooth functioning
Due to the variety of lifts, there will be a range of particular components that need to be examined. Such as hydraulic lifts must have their oil systems tested, while traction lifts tend to have more comprehensive examinations of their belt and chain systems.
How much does a standard lift service cost?
Due to the range of lifts, this price will vary to suit each lift maintenance needs. However, a general budget to have in mind when looking to have your lift serviced tends to be around £90-£120 per service. It is often cheaper to enter into a contract for your lifts maintenance services, this also gives your better response times from your lift service provider.
When it comes to lift maintenance packages, at E-lifts we offer two options. The Level 1 package involves a comprehensive assessment of your lift to ensure it’s fully functional and safe to use. However, for a more thorough lift inspection, you can opt for the Level 2 package which includes a range of extra lift services. As a lift repair company, we’ll gladly assist you with this decision.