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Your Guide to Commercial Elevator Maintenance

It can be in your best interest to leave commercial elevator maintenance to the professionals. However, understanding what happens during a routine inspection can give you a better idea of the condition and functionality of your elevator system, allowing you to make more informed decisions about repairs and replacements. An elevator maintenance inspection focuses on five key areas.


Inside the Car

Starting from the inside of the car, an inspection will check for any damage to the walls, ceiling, and handrails, as well as see if any position indicator lights need replacement. The inspection will also operate the elevator to make sure it is running well, with the same considerations given to the doors and door.

Outside the Car

On the outside, the inspection will check and replace hall station lights as necessary. The door panel should also pass inspection and clearance regulations. This stage of the maintenance will include testing the firefighters’ service.

Machine Room

Inspecting the machine room focuses on keeping any unrelated materials away from the room, checking for leaks and unusual wear, checking electrical components for overheating and failure, lubricating components, and checking the system’s oil level.

Top of the Car

On the top of the car, the inspection will check that the stop switch and inspection station function properly. All visible components will receive inspection for any signs of wear, damage, or disconnection. Inspections also keep an eye out for any debris on top of the car and any signs of rodents, fire safety hazards, and vandalism.


In the pit, it’s necessary to check that the lights, stop switch, and GFI outlet all function properly. Cleaning and looking for signs of leaks also happen at this stage of inspection. Any visible components will receive inspection; spring buffers need to be checked for signs of corrosion and misalignment, and the sump pump also needs to be cleaned and operating correctly.


Throughout the process, if an inspector notices any problems, they will log them and make repairs on-site. If immediate repairs are not possible, the inspector will schedule a follow up service.