Why Elevator Testing is Mandatory
Elevators are a daily convenience in many people’s lives. When everything is in proper working order, they are a safe and simple mode of transportation. However, it’s important to regularly check that your elevator is running smoothly and operating at peak performance levels.
Elevator testing is a crucial aspect of elevator maintenance and safety. Having your elevator regularly inspected and tested can ensure your riders’ safety and your equipment’s efficiency. In addition, elevator testing is mandatory as a safety precaution, and it is important to adhere to guidelines and mandates to avoid violations or potential hazards.
Elevator Testing and Inspections
A load test is performed to ensure that your elevator is operating as it should. These tests make sure that elevators can lift their maximum load while traveling at their maximum speed. Load tests also check how elevators operate with no load, as well as test how well brake mechanisms are working. Knowing that all crucial components are functioning at their maximal potential is a chief component in elevator operation. It’s crucial to know that your elevator is operating at maximum capacity and that its speed and brakes are in check so that all riders get to where they’re going safely.
Although you should have your elevator inspected annually to make sure it adheres to all codes and regulations, a full load test should be conducted every five years for both hydraulic and traction elevators. Not only is it just good practice, this timeline is also a sanctioned regulation, as the New York City administrative code requires a yearly inspection and a full load test every five years. Additionally, hydraulic elevators should undergo annual pressure relief testing.
Safety and Efficiency
Safety is the main thing in jeopardy when you neglect elevator testing. When your elevator isn’t functioning under safe conditions, you are putting every rider at risk. Testing regularly can help you be sure that all passengers and operators will be as safe as possible when riding your elevator.
While safety is the top priority, proper elevator testing can also save you from having your elevator taken out of commission for not passing regular inspections and being load tested every five years. In addition to complying with safety regulations, elevator testing eliminates the risk of problems accumulating from not receiving regular maintenance as needed. If you ignore small fixes along the way, they may add up to a lengthier and pricier resolution in the future.
Having your elevator tested every five years can save time, money, and lives. Working with an experienced elevator technician can make the elevator testing process as seamless as possible, so that your elevator can stay running at its best. It is imperative that your elevator undergoes regular inspections and testing so that it is operating as efficiently as possible, and so all elevator passengers are safe from all the way from the sub-basement to the penthouse.
How Champion Elevator Can Help
If you’re looking for an experienced and professional full-service elevator company, Champion Elevator is your answer. We are a NYC-licensed inspection agency testing all types of elevators in all jurisdictions. Contact us online or reach out to Inspections@champion-elevator.com to schedule your next inspection!