3 Common Problems With Elevators

Construction & Contractors Blog

Having an elevator installed in your commercial building will make it easier for employees and customers to access the upper levels of your business. While elevators can serve a valuable purpose, these machines can become a source of stress when they begin to malfunction.

An elevator that isn't working properly can become a serious safety hazard, so it's essential that you are able to recognize the signs that point to potential problems with performance. Here are three signs that you can be watching for when troubleshooting your elevator in the future.

1. Slow movement times.

The first thing you should do when trying to assess the health of your elevator system is carefully monitor movement times. Your elevator should run smoothly and efficiently, delivering passengers to their desired floor in as little time as possible.

If you notice your elevators beginning to move slower than normal, this could be a sign that the relays are starting to wear out. Have an experienced technician examine the relay system to determine if repairs or replacement are needed to keep your elevator functional in the future.

2. Overheating during use.

Your elevator system shouldn't exhibit any signs of increased temperature during use. If you notice that the temperature within the elevator begins to climb as the day goes by, this could be a sign of serious performance problems.

The drives and control system that are responsible for powering your elevator rely on a cooling system to help prevent them from overheating. When this cooling system malfunctions, your elevator could be prone to overheating that will damage delicate mechanical components. Be sure to have an elevator that appears to be overheating examined by a professional to keep your elevator system running smoothly and safely.

3. Rough landings at each floor.

An elevator that is in good working condition should arrive at a passenger's desired floor and land smoothly and quietly. If your elevator is beginning to display signs of rough landings, these landings could be indicative of more serious problems.

Faulty electronics will result in jerking or shifting motions when an elevator attempts to stop. An experienced technician will be able to examine your elevator's electrical system to determine if repairs are needed to maintain the safety of your elevators over time.

Being able to recognize signs of potential problems with your elevator's performance will allow you to keep your elevators safe and functional in the future.


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