There are several issues that might arise with elevators. If you are the property owner of a building with an elevator, you probably are aware of the need for proper maintenance. For safety and for the comfort for those who use the elevator, it's important to keep several factors in mind. Lift your spirits (and your elevator) by recognizing these potential problems:

1. An Elevator That Has Developed Long Wait Times

To a busy individual who depends on the elevator to get to where he or she needs to be, wait times can be frustrating. Unfortunately, an elevator may become less efficient and slower as time progresses and the internals wear down somewhat. The good news is, with routine inspection, you can prevent this from happening. A trained and skilled technician can check the internal parts of an elevator to determine if anything needs repair or replacement.

Most automatic elevators utilize a relay controlled system. In many cases, when an elevator becomes slow, it is simply a matter of replacing the relay mechanism. A new relay may increase the speed of the elevator cars dramatically. However, sometimes the relay components are still functional and simply require repair. Routine maintenance may prevent the need for replacement.

2. Elevators That Experience Abrupt Stops While in Use

If the elevator has begun to experience sudden stops while in use, it could be due to an electrical malfunction. This may become a serious potential safety threat, and it should be dealt with at once. If reprogramming the elevator does not solve the problem, contact a technician to determine if there is a problem with the wiring or electrical components.

3. Malfunctioning Elevator Doors

There are various issues that may occur with an elevator door. A door sensor may fail to recognize a body or body part that is near the opening. This could lead to injury of the passenger. Another type of malfunction is a door that fails to open or becomes stuck. Door interlocks should be inspected regularly by a technician and any malfunctioning parts should be repaired or replaced.

4. A Lighting or Communication Device Failure

When lighting in an elevator car fails, it is more than an inconvenience. This could become a dangerous situation, especially for elderly or disabled passengers. Likewise, if the emergency buttons and whistle malfunction or fail, trapped passengers may panic. Lighting and emergency elevator car phones should be routinely tested for malfunctions. If there is a problem, it should be repaired by a professional at once.  

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