3 Common Elevator Problems That Should Not Be Ignored

With elevators being the complex machines that they are, some building owners may think that an operational hiccup here or there is no big deal and should not be cause to shut down the elevator for a day to perform maintenance. However, there are a few problems that may be indicative of an even bigger issue, one that could threaten the entire elevator system and its riders. In order to keep you, your building, and those in your building safe, here are three common elevator problems that should be cause for concern. 

1. Leveling Problems

Leveling problems can be a huge issue, even if the elevator is only off a few inches. If the car stops slightly above or below the entrance, the result can be a trip, a fall and an expensive lawsuit. Leveling problems are commonly due to the distance between switches that determine where the elevator stops when it arrives at a floor. If these switches are too close together, then the result could be improper leveling, which is easy to fix by repositioning the switches.

2. Door Problems

The doors are often a problem area for many elevator owners, so it is important to keep an eye on them. If the door is opening and closing too quickly or too slowly, not closing fully, or seems to ignore that there is a passenger in the doorway, there could be a major problem. Thankfully, these problems are easy to fix, and a simple visual inspection in a few key areas can be done in order to determine whether or not to call your elevator maintenance company. 

3. Velocity Problems

An elevator that seems to travel more quickly or more slowly than normal could be a huge indicator of an issue that will cost exponentially more down the road the longer it is ignored. An elevator should move at about the same velocity no matter how much weight is contained therein. If the elevator seems to move more quickly downward or more slowly upward, then the problem may lie in the weight sensing capabilities of the elevator, as an overloaded elevator will emit a buzzing sound until the excess weight is removed from the elevator, allowing it to travel freely. 

The elevator may be the most complex machine in your building, so it is important to make sure that it is always running safely and reliably. A good way to make sure that this is the case is by routinely checking these three areas, and if something seems amiss, don't hesitate to call your maintenance company to make sure that your problem won't become pricier down the road.