For many commercial buildings, having an elevator can be essential to ensuring the building is easily accessible. While elevators are typically extremely reliable, they are still complex machines that must be regularly serviced. When a building management team is inexperienced with overseeing these accessibility systems, they may benefit from utilizing a few best practices that can keep their elevators working safely and reliably.
Keep The Control Panels Cleaned
The interior control panel is one of the parts of the elevator that will experience extensive wear as a result of your passengers. Unfortunately, grease, soil ,and other materials can be transferred from the fingers of passengers onto the buttons of the control panel. If a building management team is not ensuring that these panels are being routinely and thoroughly cleaned, it can be possible for these substances to cause the buttons to jam or even contribute to electrical problems with the panel.
Change The Filter For The Ventilation System
It is common for elevators to have a ventilation system that is designed to prevent the air in the elevator from becoming stale. This can also assist with removing odors, perfumes, or other smells from passengers or cargo moving through the elevator. The ventilation system will have a filter that will need to be periodically changed. Failing to change this filter can inhibit the effectiveness of this system at removing the smells and ensuring that there is fresh air in the elevator. Furthermore, it may also increase the risk of mechanical failures, as a clogged filter can lead to the ventilation fan breaking down.
Consider The Benefits Of An Elevator Service Plan Or Agreement
An elevator can be one of the most expensive systems in the building to maintain. Falling behind on the maintenance can lead to considerable liabilities for the building. In addition to the liabilities that can arise from an elevator failure, the building may also find that it loses its license for these systems. To help make the costs of maintaining this part of the building more manageable, you may want to consider a maintenance plan or agreement with an elevator service provider. These agreements can allow you to reduce the costs of having the elevator serviced. It can also help you track when this work needs to be done, as many of these providers will contact you to schedule a service visit when the time approaches. Lastly, these agreements may also assist you with having repairs done when there is a problem, as these providers will be familiar with the previous work that has been done to the elevator.