People rarely consider elevators as a mode of transportation, but building owners do. The government does as well, which is why they regulate elevator operation to ensure the safety of riders as they traverse floors, regardless of whether the building has 10 levels or 100. What federal regulations say about elevator maintenance becomes important to building owners. If you are a building owner, how should you make sure your elevator is up for inspection?
Reviewing the overall operation of the elevator is a critical step in the inspection process. Federal regulations encourage elevator owners to make sure elevator components are working properly. For example, does the door open smoothly and in a timely fashion? Where does the elevator stop between floors? Are curbs flush with one another? Are emergency systems working properly, ensuring passenger safety? If everything is running well, then it is time to dig a little deeper to do some preventive maintenance.
To adhere to federal regulations, when inspecting the mechanical parts of an elevator, make sure to test electrical equipment, wiring, control boxes, circuits and controls. To do so, you will need to both possess and know how to operate tools such as pressure gauges, amp-meters and multi-meters. Beyond visual and technical inspection of parts, if you have not done so already, make sure the elevator speed is within normal range. To assure rider confidence, also inspect the emergency telephone.
It may seem counterintuitive to include the elevator’s machine room in the inspection process, but including it, rather than making its inspection a separate practice, is a smart move. You will want to make sure the room is dedicated solely to the elevator’s operation. Nothing should be stored in the room. Make sure to maintain a consistent air temperature per the elevator manufacturer’s recommendation. Finally, the room should be secure from unauthorized access.
Following what federal regulation says about elevator maintenance will help ensure you pass any inspection. More than that, it will help you create an enjoyable experience for your elevator riders. Contact the professional at Action Elevator today for all of your elevator service and repair needs – (410) 892-1944.