Elevator Control Service Preventive Maintenance Programs
Elevators have been essential features in office and residential buildings for more than 80 years. Vertical transportation systems are pervasive, yet they are routinely overlooked when building owners evaluate causes of workplace inefficiency, the marketability of a commercial property, strategies for retaining tenants, and options to increase leasing rates. Keeping up on preventive maintenance helps keep elevator costs down, including avoiding premature modification.
Building tenants expect speedy and reliable transportation to move them vertically throughout a structure. Regular, on-site preventive maintenance is essential in sustaining the performance and improving the lifespan of a building's elevator systems. Many times a licensed engineer is not dispatched to service a lift until there is a definite problem with the system and it is in desperate need of repairs. Without proper and routine maintenance, costly repairs will most likely be required, resulting in more frequent shutdowns of the elevator. Owners and property managers need to be diligent and persistent in holding their maintenance contractors to the terms detailed in maintenance contracts. The contracts typically require routine preventive maintenance through the use of log tracking of maintenance visits and require contractors to provide reports what detail callback frequency and provided repairs and routine maintenance. Building owners should be proactive with preventive maintenance systems so the building is not a liability or is no longer code compliant. Maintenance is almost always more cost effective than waiting until there is a problem.