Repair or Modernize: How to Improve Your Elevator

Oct 25, 2022

When it comes to elevator maintenance, most people don’t think about it.  However, regular maintenance is the best way to make sure that your elevators run smoothly. When it comes to elevator issues, you need to decide whether repair or modernization is necessary. Here are some tips to help you decide.

Check the National Elevator Code

You need to review the National Elevator Code. This is a published code that comes out every three years. Then, every year, the code has updates that show changes or modifications. In addition, you should look at the code in your jurisdiction to make sure that it is not out-of-date.

Learn About Modernization

You need to learn what modernization is. This generally means an alteration to the code. When you alter code, you may have to update the system.

Read About the ASME Definitions

The ASME has definitions for a variety of different types of elevator work and issues.

Alterations: Any changes to the equipment, meaning any changes to components or subsystems

Maintenance: A routine exam that involves cleaning, adjustments, or lubrication to ensure performance

Repair: The reconditioning of different parts to keep it in compliance with requirements

Replacement: When you substitute a device or component with a unit that is the same as before.

Find the Right Contractor

Everything that you do in regard to elevator modernization has to be planned. Keep in mind that the architect or engineer behind your building does not design the elevator modernizations. If you don’t plan the project, you will run into issues. The elevator code involves a lot of work. You need the right contractor with the right training to handle the job.

When it comes to repairing or modernizing your elevator, be sure you are taking all of the existing systems in the building into account. If you’re not sure if it’s time to repair or update your elevator, call Elevator Service INC. and we will help you make the right decision. Call 616-229-0207 or email us today for more information on elevator modernization and repair.