In many commercial buildings, a lift is an essential financial investment, as it can help to improve the traffic in the building, thus helping the business run smoothly. Since an elevator is a valuable asset, it would be better to have a sound program for correct lift maintenance. Lift is a very complicated system with about hundreds of parts that need to be maintained. One of the main functions of this maintenance is to keep the elevator safe by preventing much wear and breakdown. For complex systems like modern lift systems, another purpose of the maintenance is to make sure that the equipment continues to run as it was originally engineered. And to accomplish this, it requires competent, trained technicians with the right equipment and tools.
In lift systems, the set of component that needs regular maintenance can be classified by their location. They include; machine room, hoistway, or lift car.
Lift machine room
The lift machine room is the backbone of the whole system. It accommodates the main component, such as the lift hoisting machine, solid-state power supply or motor-generator sets, and the control equipment. This controller equipment is an integral part of the whole operating mechanism as it is responsible for both acceleration and deceleration and helps to levels the car on each floor. Almost all the regular maintenance takes place in this machine room. It includes the service of switches, contacts, brakes, generators, motors, and controls.
This hoistway accommodates the guide rails that are responsible for lift car and counterweight run. Equipment that needs to be maintained within this hoistway includes corridor door hangers, switches, and locks, safety devices, buffers, safety devices, and others. Most of this maintenance is carried out from the inside of the hoistway and below the lift maintenance car. Hoistway is a dangerous place to work. Therefore, only a competent person should carry out lift maintenance and repair work.
The lift car does not require much maintenance; the lift cars are well-ventilated, fire-resistant structures. Maintenance that is needed includes service of door operating equipment and the ventilation of equipment on top of the car and other stuff at the bottom. This work is usually carried out from within the hoistway. Other maintenance also includes daily cleaning and services. For instance, changing the floor in lift cars because they are prone to tear and wear due to the amount of traffic.
How often does a lift need to be serviced?
If you operate a lift in your building, it is essential to know LOLER (Lifting Operating and Lift Equipments Regulations) regulations on how your lift should be serviced. It is your legal responsibility as a business owner or apartment manager to ensure that your building’s elevators are being maintained well to keep them in a safe condition. Under LOLER Regulation (1998), these three actions (inspection, preservation maintenance, and thorough examination) as required to maintain your lift correctly.
It is referred to be the general maintenance of the lift that needs to be carried out for its functionality and effectiveness. This involves ongoing services at constant intervals to check if the lift needs any replacement or repairs. This is usually carried out after installation by your installation company every 2, 3, or 6 months. But the frequency of this visit will be based on some factors like how old the lift is, the traffic of the elevator, where the lift is located and many more.
The inspections on the lift are carried out at any suitable intervals to check its safety. This is considered as a complement preventive maintenance and may be carried out side by side sometimes. Still, inspections focus more on replacing worm or damages part, topping up of fluid levels, visual and functional checks such as lift doors, alarm interlocks, response time, leveling, and others.
This is quite similar to inspections in terms of nature and name. Because of this, many people are often confused. However, the difference is elementary and straight forward. Thorough examinations are necessary actions that must be carried out on your lift. This action is usually more inclusive and complicated than inspections and must be performed by a licensed, competent person. The purpose of thorough examinations is to discover any problems that are or might become dangerous.
Why do lift breakdowns?
Since a lift cannot regulate its mechanics, it is necessary to have a competent technician always to inspect it on a regular basis. The technician help to check if there is any part that needs to be replaced, repaired, or any other problems. It is essential to replace all worm out equipment before it damages beyond repair.
Another factor that can cause a breakdown if the lift is well-managed is the impart of vandals. Since most of these lift are available for public use, it means that hooligans are given free access and may do some damage on this property, usually without repercussions. Because of this, many people have started installing CCTV with their lift.
Since lift is a technology, and you know technology doesn’t last forever, there is always a time when no amount of maintenance can restore your lift from demise. This means your lift is out of commission due to old age, and its time to replace the whole lift system.
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