• Apr

    11

    2019

WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR ELEVATOR MODERNIZATION?

The lack of effective preventive maintenance could potentially lead to premature modernization. When elevator shutdowns become unacceptable for a building's owner or its tenants, substantial costly repairs or a complete modernization may be required. There are a variety of reasons to modernize an elevator, but a lack of preventive maintenance should not be one of them.

Modernizing an elevator system is a significant capital expenditure as well as a major undertaking that is laden with complexities that also affect HVAC, electrical, and fire and life safety systems. A few of the issues to be considered when contemplating a modernization include complying with current codes that may not have been applicable prior to a modernization, determining the appropriate scope of work, including equipment replacement or reconditioning, and bidding and negotiating a modernization contract.

Though a well-maintained elevator may last 20 or more years, eventually you will need to upgrade your major components or completely modernize your device. With careful planning, modernizing your elevator can be a strategic capital investment instead of an emergency situation.


Modernization Considerations

Safety
Is your elevator near or beyond its expected life (built in the 1980s or earlier)? Most elevators that were built before 1980 have many safety systems missing, such as protection devices, redundancy circuits, lock monitoring capability, and fire service systems.

Efficiency of Operations
Is it getting difficult or expensive to find spare parts for your device? Or is it hard to find technicians who can properly repair and maintain it?

  • Has the number and expense of service calls increased over the past 12 months?
  • Is the performance of your unit unacceptable? Will repairs or replacing components not lead to acceptable performance?
  • Is your controller technology out of date? Upgrading from a relay-logic system to a computerized controller can decrease wait times by 10-15%.

Cost

  • Will upgrading to a newer elevator significantly reduce your energy costs?
  • Is the performance of your unit unacceptable? Will repairs or replacing components not lead to acceptable performance?
  • Is your controller technology out of date? Upgrading from a relay-logic system to a computerized controller can decrease wait times by 10-15%.

Tenant Satisfaction and Safety

  • Does the condition of your elevator deter potential tenants from moving into your building?
  • Are tenants frustrated by the length of time they wait for an elevator, or by the frequency of break-downs, causing them to consider relocating?
  • Are elevator malfunctions causing potential safety issues?

An experienced Logan Davex technician can perform a complete pre-modernization evaluation of your unit to determine if it’s time to upgrade your components or plan for a complete modernization. We can assess the condition of your components and systems. And we can measure things like how long your tenants are waiting for elevators.

Logan Davex specializes in elevator modernization. We are just a call away. Contact us today.
08105522451  |  LD@logan-davex.com

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