Installing an elevator at home can be either a luxury or a necessity, depending on the homeowner’s situation. But above all, it is a great convenience. It ceases to be such, however, when it breaks down or fails to work as it should.
An out of service elevator can be disruptive at best and at worst, completely debilitating, preventing its users from getting to where they need to go.
Below you’ll find some of the most common problems residential elevators tend to have, as well as practical ways you can fix them and prevent them from happening in the future.
1. Worn Sheaves
One of the most common problems elevators tend to have is that the sheaves have worn down over time. This causes extra strain on the ropes, which wears down the sheaves even further. Regular inspection will pick up this problem, but if it does occur over a long period, you may need to replace your cable pulley.
2. Oil Contamination
Over time, through wear and tear, bits of metal can find their way into the elevator’s oil. This can prevent the elevator from functioning in the correct manner. To fix this issue, conduct an oil analysis to check whether there is a high concentration of certain metals contained in the oil, if there is, it’s time for a change.
3. Unusual Noises
If you have begun to notice odd noises coming from your elevator, this isn’t necessarily a cause for great concern, but it can be bothersome. Normally, it is the motor causing the bearing to vibrate as it carries out its normal function. To remedy this issue, try installing an inductive absorber.
4. Misaligned Motor Drive
If your motor drive is not precisely aligned with the electric equipment with which it is working, unnecessary strain can be put on the motor bearings. This will cause them to wear down at a faster rate. In order to ensure that everything is well aligned, it might be necessary to use laser measuring equipment.
5. Power Failure
Of course, as with anything electric, an elevator will experience power failures from time to time. If this does occur, there are some steps you can take to prevent it from happening in the future. Consider conducting a power quality survey in order to uncover any inefficiencies or inconsistencies that may be causing the issue.
Simple Ways To Keep Elevators Running as They Should
Whether you’re trying to make your home smarter, working to counteract a disability, or need to move heavy items throughout your home often, elevators can be a great help.
Whatever the reason you have for installing one, the last thing you’ll want is to get caught out when it suddenly breaks down. Having a professional install and regularly service your elevator is one of the best and simplest ways to ensure your residential elevator continues to work as it should.
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