From big cities to small towns, it’s not hard to find an operating elevator. In metropolitan areas like NYC, finding an elevator is as easy as walking into the nearest building. If you maintain a building that houses one or more elevators, you may be wondering at what point to schedule an NYC elevator inspection. Here are three signs that your elevator may be due.
Slowing Down
If you’ve noticed a change in elevator speed, specifically a decrease, you may need to consider inspection. As wear and tear on the elevator continue to build, the more likely parts may need to be replaced or inspected. Continuing to operate the elevator will not improve this wear over time. In fact, while waiting for your elevator inspection, consider recommending patrons use the stairway, avoiding more unnecessary strain.
Mid-leveling is a term used for when an elevator stops just above or below the designated floor. While this may look comical in TV shows, it’s actually a sign that your elevator brakes are beginning to wear down. Brake wear happens over time and may not be very noticeable at first. However, as the brakes continue to wear, you will see a more noticeable impact. Much like with other malfunctions, brake wear will not repair itself over time. Mid-leveling is an important indication that it’s time for your elevator inspection.
It’s normal for any elevator to experience periods of inoperability due to maintenance or inspection. However, when an elevator refuses to work, doors will not open or close, or there are several floor malfunctions within a week, then it may be time to call in the experts. They will be able to tell you which parts of your elevator need to be fixed or replaced. To be sure you’re learning about all occurring malfunctions, check reports and complaints from building tenants, who typically use the elevator regularly.