3 Elevator Issues You Should Pay Attention To

When it comes to commercial property maintenance, there might be some things on the list you can overlook for a while before they become big problems. Issues with your elevator do not fall under that category. There are a few elevator issues in particular you should pay close attention to, so as to keep your elevator in the best and safest condition possible.

1. Overheating

There are a lot of working parts that go into making an elevator function correctly. Control systems and electric energy are converted into heat, which causes the system to get quite hot after prolonged use. Depending on the weather at the moment, the heat problem could get worse, causing the machine to overheat. At Puget Sound Elevator Company, we’ll help you find the solutions you need to avoid having your elevator overheat. This could mean improving ventilation, cleaning the unit, or replacing a part.

2. Slowing Down

When the speed at which your elevator functions begins to slow down, you can assume there’s a problem that’s only going to get worse with time. Perhaps your tenants or clients are having to wait longer before getting on the elevator. Maybe the car has slowed down, or maybe the doors are slow to open and close. In any case, safety is an issue when an elevator slows down. Friction and pressure have likely increased, which could lead to additional damage or injuries. A proper fix, including lubrication, could be in order.

3. Rising Energy Bills

There are a lot of things that could cause your energy bills to rise, but in buildings that include an elevator, the elevator is typically one of the most obvious culprits. We can check your electrical panel, sensors, and a variety of other parts that might be causing the problem. With immediate attention, we can help you lower those bills and increase safety in your building.

As you can see, there are some serious issues related to elevator safety and efficiency. If you are a commercial building owner who has to deal with an elevator, contact Puget Sound Elevator Company today to discuss maintenance, modernization, and what to do when you realize you have a problem.

How To Handle Getting Stuck In an Elevator

Nobody expects to get stuck in an elevator, but it does happen from time to time. Because elevators are so prevalent in many commercial buildings, it’s important you know how to handle the situation if you happen to get stuck in an elevator.

Stay Calm

We understand your discomfort at the thought of being stuck in an elevator, but it’s important you remain calm. If everyone starts getting exciting, breathing heavily because they’re panicking, the elevator could begin to get quite warm and uncomfortable. Stay calm and do your best to help others in the elevator with you to stay calm as well.

Press the Alarm Button

Elevators have alarm buttons or emergency phones you can use to call for help. The button typically has the image of a bell or a phone on it. Someone will answer your call and let you know what to do to proceed with getting rescued. In most cases, the response will be for you to all remain calm until someone on the outside is able to get you out safely. If you are unable to reach someone with the alarm button or emergency phone, see if anyone has a cell phone you can use to call for help.

Back Away From the Doors

You don’t ever want to try prying the doors open on your own. This is only going to cause injury and further damage that may result in rescuers having a harder time getting you out. Back away from the doors and wait for someone to get the door open from the outside. You want to back up so no injuries occur and you’re not in the way when someone is able to get to you.

Contact an Elevator Professional

As a commercial building owner, you never want your clients or tenants to get stuck in the elevator, and we can help you avoid it. Contact Puget Sound Elevator Company today by calling 425-800-8256 or sending an email to discuss your elevator needs.

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