On the Up-and-Up Elevator Inspections and Maintenance

No matter whether you're traveling light or burdened with an armload of groceries, nobody likes to climb stairs. Recognizing this, mid- and high-rise condo developments frequently count elevators among their amenities of convenience—and in newly-constructed buildings, installing an elevator is taken as a matter of course.

Convenient as they are, and although elevator mishaps happen infrequently, elevators are a high-maintenance amenity and require regular care and attention, as well as adherence to safety codes in order to stay functional and safe.

Maintenance Programs

According to Lee Rigby, president of Vertical Assessment Associates in Tallahassee, some of the things to consider when developing a maintenance program for elevator equipment include equipment age, condition, and accumulated wear, design and inherent quality of the equipment, usage, environmental conditions and improved technology.

“The amount of maintenance in hours spent in many cases has gone down due to newer equipment that just requires less,” Rigby says. “Typically maintenance visits have for many years been at least once a month for hydraulic elevators and twice a month for traction elevators, but this depends a lot on the number of landings, the complexity of the equipment, and the factors listed above.”

That’s resulted in more cases of maintenance being performed quarterly on some equipment, with many elevator consultants now specifying a minimum number of hours that must be spent performing maintenance on a weekly or monthly basis.


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  • Thanks for the info. I agree home eteoalvrs can be a great addition for elderly people and those with disabilities. It can be very dangerous to climb stairs if you're not physically able.
  • Associations should only hire their own inspectors and never allow the elevator servicer to hire or recommend on for you. Review your contract and consult with an inspector to see if a repair is covered under the maintenance contract. Elevator companies are not above charging you for repairs that should be covered and then apologizing after if the rip off is discovered?
  • Question, a lift in a private residence, 500 lb cap. Does it need to be inspected. I know it should but what is the law ?
  • In regards to Elevator Scheduled Maintenance and Certifications, is there a law or ordinance that requires condominiums to have one elevator operational during tests and certifications? Our condo shut down ALL ELEVATORS during a test and certification leaving resident owners unable to access their units nor leave the building unless they climbed the stairs. I personally have two herniated disks and was forced to use the stairs with my work bag 14 stories three times. Many other residents did not have access to their units or where able to leave for work, doctor’s appointments, flights, walk their pets before work, etc. Condo manager states that they followed protocol. I spoke to two elevator companies and they said that IT WAS NOT NECESSARY to shut down all elevators in building at once for testing nor certification. We have 4 elevators in the towers and 2 elevators in the parking garage. This keeps happening in our condo and we owners feel abused. Please let me know if there is any law or ordinance that requires that at least one elevator remains operational during a scheduled maintenance or certification. Thank you very much.