Elevators have become an indespensable element in buildings, regardless of height. The ease and efficiency of movement has encouraged its increased use, even in residential homes. Though these systems are often well-designed, they have a definite life time beyond which replacements are required.
A well-maintained elevator can be used for up to 25 years or a little more. Beyond this period, frequency of maintenance increases, and parts become outdated which calls for replacement. The better solution would then be to remove and replace the entire elevator.
Maintenance is key for elevators to last as long as their design period. You don’t have to wait for something to go wrong to perform maintenance. By issuing regular (annual) checks, a lot of future issues can be foreseen and resolved in advance, saving time and money in the process. Reactive maintenance is often more expensive and causes a lot of inconvenience.
Removal and replacement may require heavy equipment and cranes, especially for skyscrapers. Shafts are created during initial construction to facilitate future replacements without disturbing the rest of the structure.
Find something wrong with your elevator? Notify your building owner immediately for taking necessary action.