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Winter Weather Warning for Your Elevator

Dru Brooks

It's that time of year when Mid-Atlantic weather gets unpredictable, 60 degrees today, 20 degrees tomorrow. The weatherman is only right 30% of the time and he might call for a parka in the morning and only a T-shirt for your drive home but your building can't react quite that quickly. Take the time now to prepare yourself for the inevitable U-Turn the Tri-State weather is bound to make in the next month.

Rest assured that winter is coming.


Winter Elevator Maintenance Checklist

Winter storms are on their way. Although the snow may create a fairytale landscape, high winds and dropping temps can prove to be a nightmare to your elevator equipment. Not to worry – we’ve compiled some helpful tips to keep your elevator running smoothly throughout the winter season.

  • Temperature Management - Always ensure your elevator room is between 45 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit with relative humidity not exceeding 85%.
  • “Run” Hydraulic Elevators before the Rush - If you have a busy morning traffic pattern, it’s recommended to run the elevators to the middle floors and back a few times in the morning to circulate the oil.
  • Weather Stripping - Should your machine room be subject to the elements, check the seals around your doors, windows and vents for wind and water entrance. Replace or repair if necessary.
  • Reinforce Windows - If your machine room has windows, these can be blown out by strong winds. To prevent water damage, fasten sheets of plywood over the windows.
  • Prepare for High Water - Park all elevators near the center of the hoist way to prevent potential water damage from accumulation in the pit during rains & winter thaw.
  • Select Good Entrance Mats – Preventing rock salt & sidewalk deicers from being tracked into your building will help prevent slip hazards & may also reduce premature wear of your elevator’s door sills and equipment.

Winter Elevator Equipment Upgrades:

There is still time to get your elevator equipment upgraded before the seasonal chill causes havoc around your building. These three options can make a huge impact on your guests' seamless vertical transportation at your property this winter.

  • Tank Heater – For hydraulic elevators, help maintain the oil temperature in the reservoir with a tank heater.
  • Electronic Control Valves – Provide maximum ride quality and comfort, regardless of load or temperature.
  • Hydraulic Battery– Eliminates the possibility of an entrapment in the event of a power outage.

Following these safety tips will help keep your building, employees and elevators safe from winter’s bite. To inquire about upgrades, schedule an inspection or request additional maintenance before winter sets in, please contact Liberty Elevator today.

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As one of the top elevator companies in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, Liberty Elevator understands that our customers have unique needs and offers our clients the freedom to choose.

Whether choosing a customized elevator maintenance program, installing non-proprietary equipment, or providing a flexible agreement, Liberty Elevator provides knowledgeable recommendations for various models and vintages of elevator equipment.

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