Lifts are commonly used in day-to-day life – getting you from A to B. Whether you’re ascending to your top floor office, or returning home to your flat, lifts are part of daily life for many. So, what actions can we take when they break down or require repairs?
It’s essential that you regularly have your lift serviced and any necessary maintenance is carried out to avoid unnecessary costs and repairs. Faulty components can lead to significant downtime, higher energy consumption, and can potentially risk lives. Qualified professionals should always be hired to manage lift repairs. As well as regular servicing, there are a few things you can look out for which could suggest that the lift needs maintenance.
The lift keeps breaking down
There are many reasons why a lift might break down. The most common cause of lifts breaking down is doors refusing to open, or not closing when they’re needed to. In unfortunate cases, the lift may refuse to work entirely, leaving only the stairs – which isn’t an option for everyone, particularly those with disabilities. If the lift is breaking down regularly, or you are commonly experiencing issues with it, it may be time to call a professional.
Ignoring the signs that a lift repair is needed is incredibly dangerous, putting you at risk, as well as employees and customers – so don’t delay until the problem worsens. If you are still noticing issues after your lift has received maintenance, it could be an indication that your lift needs to be replaced. If you think this might be the case, get in touch with a professional immediately.
The lift is slowing down
A clear sign that a lift is in need of repair is if it begins slowing down. All elevators will suffer from wear and tear over time, however, this wear can be increased when a large volume of people are utilising the lift day-to-day. A lift slowing is a common occurrence in commercial buildings such as offices and hotels, where the lift is in constant use. Lifts may be designed to hold heavy weight loads, however, consistent use can cause them to slow over time.
If you’re noticing that it is taking longer to travel between floors, it’s a sign that you should get in touch with a professional. Another hint that the lift may be in need of repair is if the doors are staying closed for longer than necessary on each floor. It is essential that your lift is always in safe, working order, no matter where it is located. The longer you wait to repair your lift, the more unnecessary damage will be caused, which is a safety concern.
The lift is jerky
Ensuring a comfortable experience for those using the lift is important, which is why lifts are designed to run smoothly, with minimal bumps and noises. If you notice that your lift is jerky, or isn’t running smoothly between floors, you should have it checked as soon as possible. If you have noticed that the lift is bouncing when it reaches a floor or jerks upwards quickly, an inspection is required.
Sudden jerk movements can cause lift passengers to lose their balance, which could result in injury. This could be particularly hazardous if passengers with disabilities are utilising the lift. If you notice any strange movements in your lift, it is essential that you contact a professional lift repair company for an inspection of your lift’s mechanical system.
The lift is making strange noises
As previously mentioned, using a lift should be a smooth, quiet experience. If you start noticing strange noises when using the lift, this could be an indication that there is a mechanical problem which needs to be inspected. You might be thinking – ‘Lift’s make strange noises all the time, what harm can a little bit of squeaking do?’ – but it’s important that you don’t ignore any new noises your lift might be making. A professional should be called as soon as possible, unusual noises are a common indication of serious mechanical problems within the lift.
In particular, screeching, squeaking or clanking noises should be paid attention to as they can worsen at an alarming rate, which could leave you with even bigger problems. To eliminate the possibility of mechanical failure, a professional should be hired to carry out maintenance on your lift.
The lift is mid-levelling
Over time, a lift may start mid-levelling (stopping between levels). At first, you may not spot it happening, as it often starts on a small scale. If you notice that your lift is stopping slightly above or below the floor at each level, this is a clear indication that the brakes in the lift are becoming worn.
Mid-levelling is a problem which you shouldn’t ignore, make sure you seek professional guidance as soon as you notice this occurring. If left without repair, the breaks will wear down over time and the gaps will become more severe, increasing the risk of accidents. Passengers using the lift often won’t notice the lift stopping above or below the floor, which can cause them to trip or fall.
As previously addressed, the safety of the passengers using your lift should always be the priority so, to avoid accidents, make sure you call a professional as soon as you notice that your lift may be mid-levelling. A professional in lift repair will be able to fix or replace the brakes and ensure that the lift is running safely and efficiently.
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