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What You Need to Know About Elevator Inspections

Elevator inspection requirements vary by state and elevator type. Regardless of where your elevator is located, both annual and periodic inspections are required by law. If you are a property owner who has an on-site elevator, review the following most frequently asked questions about elevator inspections in order to grasp a better understanding of the rules regarding elevator inspections.

Q: What is an on-site elevator inspection checklist?

A: The elevator inspector will use a checklist of parts including, but not limited to, the following items:

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  • Standard Limits
  • Terminal Limits
  • Emergency Function
  • Standby Power Function
  • Auto Bumpers
  • Counterweight Bumpers
  • Fasteners

Q: What do annual and periodic inspections entail?

A: Periodic inspections are the most common form of elevator inspections. The National Elevator Code requires most types of elevators have a routine inspection and undergo a safety test each year. The elevator inspector is required to execute the routine inspection and supervise the proper execution of the yearly inspection. Hydraulic elevators will undergo a pressure-relief test, while electric traction elevators undergo a no-load safety test.

Q: What are 5-year routine tests?

A: A Five-year routine and witness test is a more serious version of the yearly no-load safety test and is required for electric traction elevators and roped hydraulic elevators only. In this investigation, the elevators are filled to their nameplate capacity to ensure all safety regularities are functioning properly with a full load.

Q: What is a modernization inspection?

A: Modernized elevators are obligated to undergo an inspection after they are installed to assure the units have been modernized in agreement with all code provisions.

Q: What are construction inspections?

A: When our construction is complete, we walk through with an elevator inspector for a final inspection. Upon passing this inspection, the elevator is turned over for public use.

Q: What can I do to ensure my elevator inspection goes well?

A: As a property manager, you can help ensure a successful elevator inspection by making sure all elements are in order, including:

  • The machine room is not used as a storage space and is free of all objects not associated with the elevator.
  • The phone service for the elevator is functioning properly
  • Maintaining proper lighting in landing areas
  • The machine compartment door closer is self-locking and is operating properly
  • All fire extinguishers are maintained in their usual locations and contain up-to-date labels
  • Calling your elevator mechanic if you see any problems with the elevator’s operating system, including strange noises, loud bumps, malfunctioning doors, as well as any instances of broken lights or buttons.

Q: Where can I find out about specific elevator guidelines for my state?

A: You can find your state’s elevator codes and regulations here.

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3 thoughts on “What You Need to Know About Elevator Inspections

  1. My dad leases a building and he wants to make sure that the elevator is in perfect condition. It was explained here that an elevator inspection has a checklist that needs to be addressed. Furthermore, it’s recommended to go to trusted businesses for quality elevator inspections services.

    1. Gillian,
      That’s right, it’s very important to have a reputable elevator contractor, who is familiar with your local regulations, inspect your elevator and present you with a checklist to assure that your lift is safe and operating properly.

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