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Winter Weather Warning for Your Elevator

Dru Brooks

The Mid-Atlantic region is notorious for its unpredictable winter weather. Temperatures in New Jersey and New York are known to fluctuate between freezing and thawing, making it challenging to forecast rain and snowstorms accurately. It's crucial to make sure your building is ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store.

When winterizing your facility, don’t forget to protect your elevator from winter’s chill. As one of the most valuable assets in your facility, your elevator is worth investing the time and money to help prevent any expensive issues that the cold weather can cause.

Brace yourself, Tri-State! ... winter is coming.


Winter Elevator Maintenance Checklist

Winter storms are surely on their way, so it is best to get prepared now. Although the snow may create a fairytale landscape, high winds and dropping temps can prove to be a nightmare to your property & your elevator equipment. Not to worry – we’ve compiled some helpful tips to keep your elevator running smoothly throughout the chill of winter.

  • Temperature Management - Always ensure your elevator room is between 45 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit with relative humidity not exceeding 85%. If temps & humidity get outside of this range, your elevator equipment will be more apt to malfunction or require costly repairs. 
  • Hydraulic Warm-Up - 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. Warm oil will pass more smoothly through the piston & valves, reducing wear and improve piston performance.
  • Weather Proof Your Machine Room - Seal up doors, windows, and vents to prevent wind and water damage. Consider reinforcing windows with plywood for extra protection.
  • High Water Defense - Park all elevators near the center of the hoist way to prevent potential water damage from accumulation in the pit during rains & winter thaw. If the cab or travel cables become damp or submerged in water, they will require extensive & costly repairs.
  • 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.  "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Download and Print the Winter Weather Checklist - PDF link

Winter Elevator Equipment Upgrades for Seamless Rides

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 – Maintain optimal hydraulic oil temperature in your equipment with a tank heater, ensuring smooth operation even in the coldest weather.
  • Electronic Control Valves – Enjoy consistent ride quality and comfort regardless of load or temperature with these advanced valves.
  • Hydraulic Battery– Give your passengers peace of mind with a backup hydraulic battery. This helps reduce the risk of entrapment during power outages.

Stay Ahead of the Blizzard

Don't wait until the first snowflake falls! Following these safety tips will help keep your building, employees and elevators safe from winter’s bite. Contact Liberty Elevator today for:

  • Winterization inspections and maintenance
  • Upgrade consultations
  • Emergency preparedness guidance

Liberty Elevator's Service Area

As one of the top elevator companies in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania & Florida, 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 nonproprietary equipment, or providing a flexible agreement, Liberty Elevator provides knowledgeable recommendations for various models and vintages of elevator equipment.

To keep your elevator healthy this winter and to avoid weather related breakdowns, contact Liberty Elevator before winter's wrath begins to snowball! 

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Reference Article: What Is the Difference Between a Winter Storm Watch, Warning, and Advisory?

Reference Article: How To Prepare Your Commercial Building For Winter