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Top tips to avoid a lift breakdown

22 June 2016

Lift systems, as reliable and sturdy as they are, will at some point require modernisation. By ignoring lift maintenance, performance may decline, response time will increase and safety may be compromised, which is the last thing anybody wants, especially us here at Apex Lifts. By looking out for the following tell-tale signs and by adhering to good maintenance practise, your lift system should never fail to deliver a safe ride for all passengers. Here are our top tips to avoid a lift breakdown: 

Look after your doors
Doors undergo tremendous wear and tear over the course of the years – each time a lift stops, door operators are activated at least twice, particularly if a passenger holds the doors open manually. Replacing or upgrading door operators is fairly easy, and won’t require you to shut down your lift systems for too long and, lastly, will ensure that your lifts don’t breakdown as a result of faulty doors.  

Reduce energy use
Few people realise how much energy lifts actually consume and, with older lifts, the cost of running them can be significant. The solution to this is simple – employ a new-generation drive and control system, to ensure a smoother, more efficient operation and to reduce your lifts’ energy usage by up to 74%. You’ll be sure to notice not only the difference in your energy bills, but a more effective and reliable lift system that is far less likely to break down.  

Make sure nothing is overheating
Lift drives, control systems and equipment is normally stored in the top area of a building, which is generally neither heated nor cooled. Consequently, the temperature of a mechanical room will fluctuate depending on the weather outside. On a particularly hot day it is a possibility some equipment may overheat and breakdowns occur. The best solution to prevent this is to install a dedicated cooling system for the lift control room. This kind of system should be designed to keep the temperature and humidity within the recommendations of the elevator manufacturer and will diminish the risk of overheating-related lift breakdowns. 

Manage power quality
Any changes or modification to the system voltage of the overall building can interfere with the operation of your lift system and potentially cause damage to it. Owners or facilities managers who experience these kinds of issues should conduct a power quality survey to determine the types of distortion in the facility’s electrical distribution system and to track down the source. The older the lift system, the more chance it has of being a major source of power distortion and therefore, the greater the risk of a breakdown. 


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