Commercial passenger lifts are welcome amenities to any building, particularly if some of the tenants have disabilities. However, when the lifts show signs of wearing down, you must employ professionals with certifications in lift safety and maintenance to check them thoroughly at the soonest possible time.
Lifts can be quite dangerous if not subjected to proper maintenance. These are things you need to look out for which would indicate your elevator is just about ready to conk out.
By design, lifts stop on a particular level with the lift deck almost exactly aligned with the building level’s flooring. There are instances, however, that a lift would stop mid-level, or an inch or two below or above the building level’s flooring.
This is an indication that the lift’s braking system is wearing out and may fail anytime. When it wears down even more, the riding public may observe a distinct impact with falling or tripping without noticing that the lift has stopped mid-level.
Change in speed
If the speed of the lift is noticeably slower than it used to be, then there could be something wrong with its main gear motor assembly. By letting the lift carry maximum loads each day, it will severely impact the main motor assembly and slow it down.
Although the law sets the maximum load that each lift can carry, this does not mean it should be the norm, especially on a daily basis. There should be warning signs telling everyone to stay below safe working load limits to avoid overworking the lift.
Displaying erratic behaviour
At times, you may observe a problematic lift display a series of erratic behaviours like refusing to go up or down at times. This is a clear indication that the life of the lift is nearing its end and may have to undergo replacement.
Contacting certified lift and escalator professionals should be foremost on the mind of the building manager or supervisor when the lift starts to show problems. Prevention of accidents is still better than responding to them.