Is Your Commercial Elevator Ready For Winter?

Winter is right around the corner. With the dropped temperatures and high winds, proper servicing is necessary to preserve the longevity and efficiency of your elevator. Preparing your elevator for cold weather is a crucial part of maintenance and without it, winter could be a nightmare for your equipment.

Choose Climate Control

If hydraulic oil thickens, the elevator may experience a sluggish start or bumpy ride. When the temperature in the machine room drops below 60 degrees, the oil becomes thick. To have extra insulation installed in your machine room can help control the temperature. Have your machine room inspected for any cracks in the seals around the vents, doors, and windows. Repair work or seal replacement can prevent wind or water from entering the elevator. Along with professional repairs, when you have a hydraulic elevator, you should run the elevator before the morning crowd to circulate the oil and warm up the lift in advance.

Upgrade Elevator Equipment

An inspection can tell you whether it’s time to upgrade or replace your elevator equipment. Don’t wait until after the cold weather hits to decide that you need to update or repair your elevator to survive the rest of the winter.

If oil temperature maintenance is a problem, then you may need to invest in a tank heater. A tank heater will keep the oil temperature raised. An electronic control valve also helps with temperature compensation. While the building may be cold, the oil remains at a proper temperature to keep the elevator ride smooth.

Power outages are another issue that you may face this winter. If your elevator does not have a hydraulic battery, then a sudden power outage may leave guests trapped inside. Instead of taking the risk, upgrade to a hydraulic battery as soon as possible.

Your winterization plan should cover all your building’s components, including the elevator. To learn more, contact Puget Sound Elevator Company by calling 425-800-8256 or sending us an email today!

Keep Elevator Costs Down, Invest in Preventative Maintenance

To keep your elevator up and running, you must have a maintenance routine. For building owners that do not focus on general upkeep, the cost of elevator maintenance later on can be a burden. In some cases, owners let maintenance slide until they have to completely replace the elevator. Preventative maintenance is all it takes to keep your elevator repair costs down.

What Do You Need to Maintain?

When it comes to elevator maintenance, there are a few components that you must pay special attention to. These are the most utilized elements in an elevator. For instance, you want to maintain the doors and the rollers. Every time the lift stops, the doors move twice. This makes the doors the most used component in the system. Often, users will prop open the doors to load and unload cargo, bang their luggage against them, and pry them open when needed.

Does the Cost Go Down?

To run an elevator costs money, but to maintain your elevator will cost you less money than if you didn’t pay attention to maintenance at all. If you ignore your maintenance contract until your system is no longer code compliant, then your elevator becomes a liability. If issues do appear, then it is going to be even more costly to repair it.

You may not see cost-savings right away when you invest in preventative maintenance. However, in the years that follow, you will notice that you have fewer problems, saving you from repair costs. This will also increase the lifespan of your elevator, delaying any major, expensive upgrades.

When you invest in proper maintenance for your elevator, you can avoid a lot of performance and safety issues. As a bonus, you will save money as well.  issues. To set up a preventative maintenance plan for your commercial elevator, contact Puget Sound Elevator Company by calling 425-800-8256 or emailing us today!  

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