If you have an elevator installed in your home or your business, you likely already know how important regular elevator maintenance, inspection, and testing are. If you’ve ever had a problem with your elevator, you also understand how critical elevator repair is.
That said, we also know there are a lot of questions that come up on these topics. As a leading elevator company in South Florida, we’re available for all your elevator needs — but we’re also here to help answer any questions you might have. That’s why we’ve put together this FAQ on elevator maintenance (and more) to help you get the answers you need today.
How Often Is Elevator Maintenance Needed?
For most commercial elevators, routine maintenance is recommended on a monthly basis. For accessibility lifts, maintenance every two months tends to be enough. Industrial elevators may only need maintenance a few times per year.
Residential elevator maintenance schedules depend on a few things, including:
• The model of elevator installed in your home
• How often it’s used
• The codes in your area
• The elevator company you work with and the maintenance plans they offer.
To help you get an idea of the maintenance schedule you might need, expect at least one inspection per year.
We also share an elevator maintenance checklist here.
When you’re installing an elevator in your home or business, speak to your elevator installation company about the maintenance schedule needed for that model to make sure it works for you before moving forward with the process.
At Rise Above Elevator, we recommend semi-annual maintenance for heavily-used lifts.
How Often is Inspection & Testing Needed?
According to the Florida Elevator Safety Act, only licensed vertical transportation systems with a current satisfactory inspection can renew the Certificate of Operation. The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation also states, “All elevators or other conveyances must be annually inspected by a Florida-licensed certified elevator inspector or by a municipality or county under contract with the division pursuant to section 399.13, Florida Statutes.” This applies to most commercial elevators, as well as some residential elevators.
But, they also add that if an elevator isn’t an escalator or a dumbwaiter, if it only serves two adjacent floors, and if it’s is covered by a full-service maintenance contract that meets the minimum requirements in Florida law, an annual inspection isn’t needed. As most elevators installed in homes only serve two floors, this applies to most residential elevators.
The DBPR also points out that it’s the elevator owner’s responsibility to verify the existence and performance of the service maintenance contract every year.
Who Can I Call For Elevator Repairs?
If you need elevator service in South Florida, give Rise Above Elevator a call! We believe in rapid response times to ensure you get the treatment you deserve. We also have some of the elevator industry’s top technicians available to service your equipment.
Rise Above Elevator’s service technicians are state certified CC/CET (“Certificate Of Competency” and “Certified Elevator Technician”). We also offer 24-hour emergency service because we know how critical having a working elevator can be. We always have a trained technician monitoring the phone on nights, weekends, and holidays.
Our trained professionals regularly service these well-known manufacturers:
• Federal Elevator
• OLS – Oil Lifts Systems
• TK Access
• Otis At Home
• ITI hydraulic
• Our local South Florida elevator manufacturing companies
Rise Above Elevator Maintenance
We are big believers in preventative maintenance. This means performing routine maintenance to prevent the likelihood of your equipment from shutting down and leaving you without a working elevator. This consists of lubricating all areas of your lift that need it and cleaning moving parts.
Similarly, checking electrical contacts ensures efficient electrical continuity. As your lift operates over time, bolts can loosen and will need to be tightened. Additionally, trained technicians have a better chance of diagnosing potential future issues with a regular maintenance plan in place.
If you have other questions about elevator maintenance, repair, inspection, testing, or installation, please give us a call today!