If you own a building or even a home with an elevator in it, your elevator should be inspected and maintained routinely to help prevent any major problems. However, even a well-maintained elevator can have a part suddenly and unexpectedly break. Fortunately, your elevator is not going to go plunging down the shaft should a problem begin to develop. Your elevator will give you many signs that something is not right, allowing you to get it repaired before something catastrophic occurs. Here are a three signs that your elevator may be in need of repair.
Your elevator should stop flush with the floor that you have stopped on. However, when a problem develops with the timing mechanism in the elevator, the brakes or the cabling, the elevator may stop a bit above or below the floor. You will notice this is happening because you may have to step slightly up or down out of the elevator to avoid tripping. This is known as misaligned steps or mid-leveling. If this problem occurs, call an elevator repair company. The problem will only worsen if the issues are not addressed.
Another sign that indicates that your elevator is in need of repair is strange noises while the elevator is in operation. There are a variety of noises that you may hear if your elevator is not functioning properly. You may hear squealing, screeching or grinding. This can be indicative of a wide array of problems. You may have a belt that is nearing the end of its lifespan, a worn gear, worn brakes or simply have a part that needs to be cleaned and oiled. Regardless, anytime your elevator is operating louder than it normally does, a red flag should be raised in your head and the elevator should be repaired in a timely manner.
The last sign that is indicative of elevator problems is an elevator that is running slower than normal. If your elevator seems to be running slower than normal, your elevator may be in need of a repair, or it may be time to think about replacing your elevator. A slow elevator gets that way because of the strain placed on it to operate. In some cases, making repairs can ease this strain. In other cases, the strain is too much for an older elevator and it needs to be replaced. Regardless, have it inspected so you can make the decision to have it repaired or replaced, ensuring the elevator is safe and sound.
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