As populations grow, buildings get taller. This makes elevators a necessity to move people from the ground floor to their apartment or office. Maintaining the cabin and related systems, is critical to the safety of its passengers. Elevators interact with various other building services. As a result, decisions regarding this system can impact other areas of the facility. When evaluating whether to repair or modernize the elevators in your building, there are a few primary factors to consider.
What Are the Code Requirements?
The National Elevator Code: ASME A17.1 contains modifications to existing codes and new requirements. The requirements in effect can vary from one jurisdiction to another, so it is crucial to know which edition your area uses. Most elevator manufacturers build to the most current code. However, based on the edition in effect, you may only need to recondition or repair major components to stay in compliance.
What Is Modernization?
A repair typically involves fixing or replacing a worn or broken part. Modernization improves the overall functionality of the system. There are several reasons to modernize your elevator:
Energy Efficiency – If you want to reduce the energy requirements of your building, elevator modernization can help. Some of the newer systems use electricity only when the cabin goes up, and generate energy as it goes down, reducing energy costs.
User Experience – Upgrading an elevator can shorten wait times, as well as reduce movement, and decrease noise. By improving the user experience, tenants are often happier, which helps attract new business.
Safety – Complying with updated safety codes and standards is the most compelling reason to modernize. To ensure the requirements reflect the latest safety and technology available, the safety code for elevators is updated every three years.
Whether you need a one-time repair, maintenance plan, or wish to modernize your equipment, contact Action Elevator today! Our full-service elevator company operates in the Baltimore Washington and DELMARVA Peninsula areas. We provide service packages tailored to meet your specific needs. Call 410-774-4573 or email us today!