When homeowners think of elevator maintenance, they picture a crew of technicians with heavy equipment stomping into their house and spending hours on end working on the elevator. Some even believe that home elevators require maintenance every other month, making it an expensive service that they can’t afford.
While home elevators do require maintenance like any other home appliance, they aren’t as frequent, costly and time-consuming as one might think! In fact, there are many home elevators that only require an annual checkup and don’t need heavy-duty maintenance. Read on to learn more about home elevator maintenance and what to look for before purchasing your next elevator.
1. Home Elevator Maintenance is Expensive!
In order to determine the cost of a home elevator, we must first discuss factors contributing to elevator maintenance. For starters, the elevator’s drive system significantly impacts the frequency of maintenance visits. For example, hydraulic elevators will often require regular maintenance as the hydraulic oil used needs to be constantly changed and can sometimes leak out of the pumping system. Installing a hydraulic elevator in your home often requires constant maintenance, which can be costly and time-consuming.
On the other hand, some counterbalanced traction elevators are All-Electric Drive Systems that do not use any fluids and offer you a reliable, whisper-quiet and robust elevator. Not only do they offer homeowners minimal maintenance, but they are also one of the most energy-efficient products on the market today! With a counterbalanced traction elevator, you will only need annual checkups that require very little maintenance, if any.
2. Home Elevator Maintenance is Time-Consuming
Another factor that can contribute to lengthy and time-consuming maintenance visits is a bulky machine room. Generally, machine-room elevators take up a great deal of space in your home and increase your installation cost. Due to the bulky machinery used with machine-room elevators, they require frequent maintenance and more extended visits. More often than not, bulky machine rooms create many inconveniences with home elevators which often need regular maintenance visits.
With that said, not all elevators require machine rooms. For instance, RAM Elevators + Lifts home elevators don’t need a machine room! Their Machine-Room Less (MRL) design offers homeowners a self-contained and compact home elevator that saves space, money and time. You will no longer have to worry about calling for maintenance whenever you hear an unfamiliar sound.
3. Home Elevator Maintenance is Complex
The complexity of home elevator maintenance highly depends on the design of the elevator. At RAM Elevators + Lifts, we have engineered our home elevators with the Smart Space Design in mind to ensure seamless maintenance visits. Our home elevators are designed with comfort in mind and offer homeowners reliable elevators with minimal maintenance.
Homeowners often assume that home elevator maintenance is as complex as commercial elevators; however, home elevator maintenance is much easier than commercial use. With every home elevator purchased at RAM Elevators + Lifts, we recommend annual checkups and encourage our customers to schedule maintenance visits when required. We also offer home elevators that are covered by a two-year warranty and provide extended warranties if needed.