D&D Elevator on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 12:00:00 am
With late Fall and Winter very soon upon us – bringing frigid temperatures and possible major storms – your elevators now require some focused extra attention. Make sure that your motor room is properly heated and that there are no broken windows or other outside air leaks – keeping the motor room from becoming unduly cold will help prevent solidification of vital fluids and potential failure of the system. But, there are numerous other possibly dangerous, disruptive and costly problems that the coming season can create for your elevator systems.
As a building owner or manager, it is always good business to be attentive to the condition and operation of your elevators. But this is especially true of the upcoming season, when harsh winter weather can severely compromise the performance and safety of your equipment. Best practice, therefore, before and during the season, is to have your systems inspected and proactively maintained, once a month, to head off such problems. Here are some particular areas on which to focus:
Make sure your system is equipped to keep the machine room temperature between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, especially if yours is a traction elevator. If your system is hydraulic, consider having a tank heater added to keep the oil between 85 and 96 degrees, Temperatures below this range can change the viscosity of the oil and throw off leveling of the elevator.
Best practice here is to keep your elevator door tracks clean and functional year-round – on both the car and hall sides – as part of your regular maintenance program. But it is particularly important at this time of year, when clogging by pine needles from holiday trees, packed snow, ice, mud, salt and all manner of debris can severely aggravate the problem and create door-opening and closing issues. During the high-traffic holiday season, between maintenance visits, your building’s staff can “touch up” by:
Under more temperate weather conditions, winter storms can bring severe flooding to cause potentially dangerous problems. To best protect your elevators and passengers when such conditions are expected to or do occur:
Before the storm arrives
During potential flood conditions
Regular preventative maintenance goes a long way toward avoiding trouble while saving unnecessary expense and inconvenience, especially during Winter. As always, D&D stands ready to assist with a maintenance program custom-designed for your building, and any seasonal difficulties you may encounter!