What many people don’t know or understand is that winter preparation for elevators is very important. The mechanical parts of the elevator including the dry rails can be adversely affected due to the cold and chill of the winter season. The lack of lubricant on the guide rails may lead to the elevators making noise as the weather gets colder.
To avoid this problem adequate lubrication and preventive maintenance is important. It is always more convenient and affordable to fix a problem before it gets out of control. Here’s a list of things you should keep in mind while considering winter elevator maintenance:
● Consistent Temperatures
Commonly, the temperature inside an elevator and elevator shaft should be the equivalent as everywhere else in the building. Therefore, when there is a radical difference in the temperature inside and outside the elevator, condensation can build up. Component failure and equipment shutdown can be caused if this newly-formed moisture makes its way into the electrical components of the elevator.
● Slip and Fall Prevention
Ensure that on each floor, the entryway to the elevator is safe. Don’t allow puddles to form in the premises as people expect to walk out in and out of the elevator safely. This is much more dangerous during the winter season as people drag in ice and snow from their shoes and while they wait for the elevator to arrive, the snow melts and forms a puddle. This melted snow inclines to amass in the elevator’s door sills, which can cause door equipment failure if the doors don’t fully open or close.
Dry air in winter can hinder with the function and efficiency of elevators. Therefore, you have to ensure that all rails are lubricated sufficiently to prevent friction between the rails and the lift as it moves up and down. Also, keep hydraulic at a perfect temperature, which is between 85 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
● Climate Controls
If you do not possess a climate-controlled elevator car, then park it at climate-controlled floors when not in use. There are devices you can effortlessly install that will automatically take the elevator car to the desired floor when the elevator is not being used. Furthermore, for the buildings that are located in cold areas, the machine rooms of elevators should be furnished with extra layers of insulation, especially for the hoistway and tank. Ensure to check that the insulation is adequate and unbroken.
● Emergency Battery
It is important to check the battery backup system of elevators frequently in winter. In case there is a power outage during a snowstorm, you should be sure that your elevators will function like a dream. Therefore, the batteries should be fully charged at all times to prevent a service disruption.
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