Elevators can be complicated species of equipment and signs of damage might be difficult to find. Regular inspections are an important component of a safe, reliable elevator operation. This checklist includes the most important items to look into when inspecting elevators.

Inside of the Car:

  • Ensure the doors can open and close without any issues or obstructions
  • Look for signs of damage on the ceiling, handrails and walls
  • Inspect any lighting issues, including in the control panel, position indicator lights and replace any burned out lights
  • Make sure that the door moves smoothly and does not slam or bounce
  • Exam the elevator going up and down and check leveling accuracy and speed to determine if adjustments are needed
  • Ensure that the emergency stop button is functioning correctly
  • Confirm the emergency phone connects quickly to 911 or the fire department

Outside of the Car:

  • Replace any lights that have burned out
  • Inspect the door panels and clearances for any obstruction
  • Test the smoke detector and fire alarm system

Machine Room:

  • Make sure the room does not contain any material unrelated to the elevator
  • Check components for leaks, unusual vibration or wear
  • Inspect electrical components for overheating or failure
  • Check oil levels and ensure all systems are properly lubricated
  • Exam electrical wiring for signs of fraying or defects
  • Make sure there is adequate headroom for technicians
  • Remove anything that interferes or obstructs with access to the equipment

Top of the Car:

  • Ensure that the emergency exit hatch is easily accessible
  • Test the brakes and inspect them to ensure they are in good condition
  • Check cables for signs of wear or damage
  • Look for signs of rodents or vandalism
  • Clean any debris from the top of the car
  • Inspect any visible components such as guide rails and leveling devices

Ongoing maintenance is crucial to keep your elevator running safely and smoothly. As you can see, there is a lot to check-in on during an elevator maintenance appointment. As a property manager, use this guide to stay on top of major signs of damage that may arise in your property.