5 Signs Your Elevator Needs Repair

If you’re in charge of a building with an elevator, the last thing you want is for it to break down!

Not only is it inconvenient for your customers and staff, but being stuck in a lift is something that most of us would find pretty scary.

Definitely not the sort of thing you want people to associate with your business.

If your lift is doing any of these things, it’s a sign that you need to get it looked at by a professional.

Breaking down

The most obvious sign that your elevator is in need of repair is if it has broken down, even if the problem occurred briefly and seemed to resolve itself. If a lift has broken down once, it’s a good indication that something has gone wrong which needs to be looked at.

Although people actually becoming injured as a result of a lift breaking down is quite rare, it’s something that a lot of people are afraid of. Getting into a lift means getting into an enclosed space, and on top of this, the movements of the lift are something over which you have little to no control. It’s no wonder that so many people report having a phobia of lifts!

In an article by the BBC, readers shared their stories of times they had become trapped in lifts. They are stories that stuck with them for years after the incident and left a lasting impression. This is why it’s so important you avoid it happening on your business premises.

The lift is slowing down

If you notice that your lift is becoming slower, this is a good sign that it needs to be looked at. As with any mechanical object, lifts become worn over time as they are used more and more.

If your lift is used frequently, or it is used by large numbers of people at one time, this wear could happen over a shorter period of time.

Your lift becoming noticeably slower is a good sign that it is becoming worn, so it’s a good idea to enlist the help of elevator inspection companies to resolve any issues.

Movement is jerky and unsteady

Lifts are designed to move up and down the lift shaft smoothly and without sudden jerky movements. If you are noticing unsteady movement in your lift, then this is an indication that something is breaking down, and it’s time to book a repair.

Stopping between floors

A lot of injuries that people experience in lifts are when they break down in between floors. The people most at risk from injury are those working to repair the lift, particularly if they have to work in the shaft itself because there is a risk of the lift falling and hurting them.

The best way to avoid the risk of injury from lifts is to book regular maintenance checks to ensure that they never completely break down.

Strange noises

Finally, if you are hearing strange noises coming from your lift, like squeaking, grinding, or banging noises, this is a sign that something is going wrong and needs to be addressed.