When it comes to evaluating an elevator maintenance plan, people usually have a general idea in mind of what needs to be included in it. However, since these machines are very complicated, there are high chances that you may skip certain things in the research phase. In case something important is missed out, the elevator owner can get stuck into a long-term contract with an incompetent and undependable service provider

Having vast knowledge and experience in the elevator industry, we are here to solve such problems for you. In this article, we have listed down everything you need to include in your elevator maintenance checklist along with some additional information that will help you understand the procedure better.  Once you go through this article, you’ll get to know how you should evaluate different elevator maintenance plans offered by elevator service companies.

Why is elevator maintenance important?

Elevators provide reliable and safe service for the residents as long as they are kept in good condition. However, some property owners do not place elevator maintenance as a high priority as they should and their negligence causes trouble for the tenants. Lack of maintenance and regular inspections are leading causes of unpleasant incidents involving elevators. It is important to ensure that the building elevators are in good working condition, and for that regular inspections and maintenance are essential. For successful inspections it is important to have a plan that has to be followed every time. In this case, checklist can be a highly useful tool for the personal responsible for inspections and maintenance. Without a checklist, there are chances that the crew will overlook any small but crucial element, and as a result the inspections would not be carried out as efficiently as they should have been.

For example, one crucial but relatively small component inside the elevator cab is the emergency stop button. If the elevator maintenance team does not check it as a part of regular inspection, it could result in a disastrous accident for anyone riding in the elevator. Similarly, ensuring that the pit area is free of any obstructions is another essential step (especially considering that the highest injury rate among workers in the construction industry is of elevator installers and repairers).

To ensure that all critical steps are followed during the lift inspections, see the following checklist:

Inside the Elevator Cab

  • Check for any signs of damage on the walls, handrails, and ceiling.
  • Confirm that the doors are opening and closing smoothly without any obstruction.
  • Check if there are any burned-out lights and replace them, including the ones in the control panel.
  • Ensure that the emergency phone connects will the local fire department quickly.
  • Examine the acceleration, deceleration, and leveling accuracy of the cab and make adjustments if needed.

Outside the Elevator Cab

  • Check if there are any burned-out lights at each floor and replace them.
  • Thoroughly inspect the clearances and door panels.
  • Confirm that the smoke detector and fire alarm system are working properly.

In the Elevator Machine Room

  • Check for any signs of defects or fraying in the electrical wiring.
  • Check the oil levels and make sure that all systems are well lubricated.
  • Make sure there is enough headroom for the technicians to do their work.
  • Remove any material that hinders the access to the equipment or is unrelated to it.
  • Check all the components for wear, leaks, or unusual vibrations.

On Top of the Elevator Cab

  • Check if there are any signs of wear in the cables.
  • Make sure that the emergency exit door is easily accessible for the riders.
  • Thoroughly examine the leveling devices, guide rails, and rollers.
  • Test the elevator brakes and examine the mechanism to ensure it is functioning properly.  
  • Check for signs of vandalism and rodents in the hoist way.

In the Elevator Pit

  • Check if there are any signs of damage in the cab frame.
  • Make sure the pit is clean and has proper access.
  • Inspect the sump pump and confirm that it’s clean and functioning properly.