On the Up-and-Up Elevator Inspections and Maintenance

No matter whether you're traveling light or burdened with an armload of groceries, nobody likes to climb stairs. Recognizing this, mid- and high-rise condo developments frequently count elevators among their amenities of convenience—and in newly-constructed buildings, installing an elevator is taken as a matter of course.

Convenient as they are, and although elevator mishaps happen infrequently, elevators are a high-maintenance amenity and require regular care and attention, as well as adherence to safety codes in order to stay functional and safe.

Maintenance Programs

According to Lee Rigby, president of Vertical Assessment Associates in Tallahassee, some of the things to consider when developing a maintenance program for elevator equipment include equipment age, condition, and accumulated wear, design and inherent quality of the equipment, usage, environmental conditions and improved technology.

“The amount of maintenance in hours spent in many cases has gone down due to newer equipment that just requires less,” Rigby says. “Typically maintenance visits have for many years been at least once a month for hydraulic elevators and twice a month for traction elevators, but this depends a lot on the number of landings, the complexity of the equipment, and the factors listed above.”

That’s resulted in more cases of maintenance being performed quarterly on some equipment, with many elevator consultants now specifying a minimum number of hours that must be spent performing maintenance on a weekly or monthly basis.

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3 Comments

  • Thanks for the info. I agree home eteoalvrs can be a great addition for elderly people and those with disabilities. It can be very dangerous to climb stairs if you're not physically able.
  • Associations should only hire their own inspectors and never allow the elevator servicer to hire or recommend on for you. Review your contract and consult with an inspector to see if a repair is covered under the maintenance contract. Elevator companies are not above charging you for repairs that should be covered and then apologizing after if the rip off is discovered?
  • Question, a lift in a private residence, 500 lb cap. Does it need to be inspected. I know it should but what is the law ?