The lurch of a lift breakdown coming to a sudden stop can trigger claustrophobic symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks and fast heartbeats. It’s vital that lifts and escalators are maintained properly so people can travel safely without fear of being trapped.
Elevator systems can become prone to breakdowns due to many factors such as overheating, poor maintenance or lack of a dedicated cooling system. The cooling system needs to be regularly checked for problems such as water leaks, which can lead to breakdowns. The sheave of a lift can also be worn out from excess wear and tear which can cause the lift to stop before reaching its destination or have an abrupt landing. Regular sheave inspections will prevent the need for repairs.
Navigating the Unexpected: Dealing with Lift Breakdowns and What to Do
A recurring breakdown is a sure sign that something is wrong with your elevators and should be addressed as soon as possible by a professional engineer. It could be as simple as a component that’s overdue for a replacement but if it’s breaking down more frequently it could mean the time is right to invest in a new lift.
All mechanical moving parts will deteriorate over time, so it’s important to carry out regular maintenance to reduce the risk of breakdowns. The best way to prevent this is to conduct routine inspections that identify trouble-making components and replace them before they wear out completely. This will help reduce the risk of a full-blown breakdown and keep your lifts running smoothly for longer.