If you own or manage a commercial elevator, you know that maintenance is the key to a safe and functioning machine. But, there comes a time when maintenance won’t fix the issues that need to be addressed. Just like any other piece of heavy machinery, elevators don’t last forever, and you will need to replace the equipment at some point. The process, called modernization, involves a complete upgrade of an elevator’s mechanical equipment. Here are three signs that it is time to modernize your commercial elevator.
What is Modernization?
Modernization may sound like a repair, but it is more complicated than that. The entire system’s functionality will improve after modernization, and you’ll see lots of positive changes. A few of those benefits include energy efficiency, user experience, and safety. Modernizing can save money in the long run and ensure that the machinery is safe. You’ll know that it’s time to update based upon three key signs.
- Age. Your elevator’s age is one of the most critical aspects when deciding whether to modernize or not. If your elevator is at least 20 years old, this is something you’ll want to consider. Parts can become worn down or dated, causing safety to be a risk. These safety risks can become liabilities, so it is best to keep your elevator’s age in mind when considering modernization.
- Frequent Repairs. If you continually have to repair your commercial elevator, it is time to start thinking about modernization. Constant repair isn’t cheap, and every little thing that goes wrong will start to add up. Modernizing your elevator is going to cost you but will save you from those expensive repairs. As we mentioned, modernization is a complete upgrade of all mechanical equipment, so you shouldn’t have nearly as many repairs.
- Safety Issues. As much as we hate to think about it, parts can become too old to function correctly, and elevators can become a safety hazard. If any safety issues have been reported, you should look into modernization. You want the best safety and technology possible for your elevator users, and modernizing yours is the best way to do this. Ignoring reports of safety issues can only prolong the problem and put users in potential danger.
As we mentioned, the ultimate goal of modernizing your commercial elevator ensures safety among all elevator users. If you have any questions about upgrading your commercial elevator, contact us.