When it comes to having one or more elevators in your building, you can expect that they will last for many years. Even decades. But as those years and decades go by, the maintenance codes and standards for elevator safety will likely change. The will likely change dramatically. As a result, you will want to make sure that you have the kind of staff on board that will be able to guide you through the often difficult times when it comes to elevator modernization.
The standard that is adopted by most authorities that have jurisdiction over elevator maintenance includes annual, semi-annual, and monthly requirements for elevator safety and maintenance.
Something that is also called for is a personalized plan for each elevator. This is important because every building uses its elevators differently. Some are used very frequently, with full track usage throughout the day, while others are only used on occasion for non-public use. No elevator is used exactly the same way.
For example, say one elevator is installed in a local church. It might be used on Sundays and maybe during a mid-week service, going up to only the second floor when it is in use. On the other hand, across town you have an apartment building that is 20 stories tall. The residents and their guests use their elevators constantly. It’s obvious how these to buildings use their elevators much differently.
Regardless of the usage, even elevators that are used very frequently can be expected to last for quite a long time. During that time, there might be major shifts in the codes. So, if the elevator has any kind of major renovation or elevator modernization, it must be brought into compliance with the current codes, which update on a three-year cycle. So, for example, if an elevator were installed in 1990, it would have to be brought up to today’s version of the code if it was modernized.
However, the above scenario only applies to elevator modernization. If an elevator has not been modernized, then it only has to be brought up to the code relative to the year it was installed. So, if that elevator that was installed in 1990 was never modernized, then it must only be brought up to the specifications of the code for 1990.
There has been a standard in the code for existing elevators that establishes standards for safety and operation for older elevators, but that has not been adopted widely across the board.