Any professional lift consultant will help you learn the importance of having your lift maintained regularly. Regular lift maintenance is crucial if you are looking to keep the lift in your building functioning at optimal condition, extend its lifespan, and ensure that you remain in compliance with legal obligations.
It is a common belief that lift maintenance services are expensive – nothing could be further from the truth. Any serious building owner or operator knows that securing a lift maintenance contract is affordable and worth the investment. Not only does proper lift maintenance help ensure that the lift runs at maximum efficiency but it also provides the building owner with significant long-term savings. If your lift is in dire need of lift modernisation then please see here.
The discussion below with David Pickering, a lift engineer, will help to shed more light on the importance of lift maintenance for both residential and commercial buildings.
About David Pickering
David Pickering, Associate Director at ILES, started his career as an apprentice and currently has more than 20 years of experience in lift design, manufacturing, installation, and servicing. Over the course of his career, he worked as a senior engineer in Dublin and later went on to work as a consultant in the United Kingdom in 2002.
The proud holder of a Master’s Degree in Lift Engineering from the University of Northampton, David is a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). The following are some questions we asked him.
How Does Lift Maintenance Improve Its Reliability?
To help clients better understand the importance of having the lift in their building regularly maintained, I like to use a car analogy. People typically understand new things better when the concept is explained to them in an engaging and easily comprehensible language.
So, similar to a car, a lift’s design features are such as:
– Motor machine
– Braking system
– Electronic control system
– User control features
Some components you find in a lift are consumable items, which means that the building owner will require to have them regularly replaced over the course of the lift’s operating life. These include oil, rollers, and ropes. In the case of a car, consumable items that need to be regularly replaced include filters, oil, and tyres.
Same as with cars, lifts are available in many different designs. Manufacturers of lift equipment such as EZE lifts will also differ in terms of product quality as well as customer base/reputation.
Just like with cars, people using lifts have certain expectations in terms of mobility efficiency and reliability. Once you enter a lift, you definitely expect to reach your destination in a timely and reliable manner. Be that as it may, when used consistently over an extended period of time, both cars and lifts will lose some of their operational efficiency.
A good maintenance plan involves regular servicing and inspection throughout the lift’s useful life to make sure that it continues to perform as expected.
So, Is Taking Up a Proper Maintenance Plan the First Step to Having a Reliable Lift?
Preventative maintenance help to preserve the functionality of the lift equipment and also ensure the operation of the lift is in compliance with safety and regulatory laws. This means that a proper preventative maintenance plan is essential for the building owner to meet legal obligations.
Safety regulations apply to both residential and commercial establishments. These regulations include:
– The Health and Safety at Work Act
– The Lift Operations and Lifting Equipment regulations
– The Provision and Use of Work Equipment regulations
In order to comply with the above regulations, the building owner/operator will need to make sure that the lift is always in a good and safe condition.
How Much Does It Cost To Acquire a Lift Maintenance Plan?
The car analogy is yet again relevant here. The level and scope of maintenance involved will vary depending on the type of lift equipment.
How much your lift maintenance plan will cost will depend on factors such as:
– The age of your lift equipment
– The level of usage of the lift
– The type of use
– The quality of the equipment
To put things into perspective, a well-installed and heavily engineered lift requires a lower-level preventative maintenance programme than a value-engineered lift installation operating in similar conditions. The well-installed and heavily engineered lift utilizes components that are robustily built the ensuring better quality and durability.