Elevator service calls cost up to $400/hr on straight time and $800/hr on over time. These 12 tips help eliminate elevator invoices.
Your elevator failed and you need to place a call for service, but unexpected bills can quickly add up. Unfortunately, elevator service fees are an obstacle that you will eventually face. Many types of service calls are excluded from your monthly elevator maintenance. The terms “elevator service fee” and “time and material invoice” are used to describe the elevator bills you get for work that is excluded from your elevator service contract. The high costs may surprise you.
While some elevator service fees are inevitable, some fees can be avoided if you take the right steps.
Let's review the steps you can take.
This article will help you find and use elevator service data to make sound business decisions and improve elevator reliability.
When it comes to any business, whether it’s a retail shopping mall or a multi-floored apartment building, elevators are a central component of getting around, getting to work, and getting to a core location of business or living. They are critical components of buildings, especially buildings with companies that rely on vertical transportation.
If you want patrons to be able to explore everything you have to offer at your business, they need to be able to reach that business or merchandise. It’s common sense and critical to business success.
Well, how do you ensure elevator service doesn’t have an unfavorable impact on your business?
You start with the elevator service data.
As many big-name companies have coined in recent years, “data is the new gold.”
Data is the information, analysis, and cold, hard facts that tell the real story when it comes to your elevator service performance, reliability, safety, and longevity.
This data can help you preemptively prepare for a repair, replacement, or investment, as well as show you how your elevator contractor is performing.
In this article, we’ll first show you a few resources for quality elevator data, and then we’ll discuss how to use the data for critical business decisions.
Here are just a few ways in which elevator manufacturers and design companies are helping their clients locate and monitor pertinent elevator service data:
This quick elevator pre-inspection checklist will help you pass your next elevator inspection. Understand the items you can fix before you fail.
Failing an elevator inspection is painful and costly. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could help prevent failure on your next inspection?
Well, you can.
We’ve reviewed data from thousands of inspections, over multiple states, and on many different equipment types to find the most common reasons for annual elevator inspection failure.
This list will focus on the most common items that are within the responsibility of building ownership and management, and not the elevator maintenance provider. Although having a good elevator maintenance contract will help you pass, these items are not the responsibility of your elevator company.
Let’s review the items that you (building ownership and maintenance staff) can fix before the next inspection.
The average life of an elevator is 20 - 25 years, but what about your specific unit? Estimate how long your elevator will last with our Useful Life Calculator.
Elevators are a significant investment, and it only makes sense to get as much use out of it as possible. In general, an elevator’s useful life lasts 20 to 25 years, but depending on the type of unit and other contributing factors, that estimate can be highly variable. However, how can you plan and estimate the amount of time left on your specific elevator?
Well, that’s easier than you think.
ElevatorLab’s Elevator Useful Life Calculator takes decades worth of elevator data from hundreds of elevator types, different building populations, building types, public permit data, and more to estimate the amount of time left on your unit.
Elevator maintenance is vital for reliability. Building owners are upgrading their technology for more reliable elevator performance.
Few machines are relied upon as frequently as elevators and escalators. As the very vessels that connect stories upon stories of buildings and floors, if an elevator is suddenly out of commission, that business or residential building has some serious problems.
That’s why elevator maintenance requirements are strict per state, with at least one mandatory inspection per year.
However, as frequently used tools, these machines take a beating, which is why elevator maintenance contracts and repair costs can seriously add up over time.
Well, the biggest elevator manufacturers in the world are all moving towards a technological shift that is going to save time, money, frustration, and improve elevator reliability.
By using advanced technology, these companies argue they can reduce the time and resources it takes to fix a problem after it happens, and then eventually predict and prevent the next failure.
The result? A better, safer, more reliable and more affordable riding experience for residential and commercial clients alike. How are they all doing it? Through this new smart network of IoT: the Internet of Things.
Let’s look at four breakthrough elevator maintenance improvements and how IoT is being leveraged to improve cost and reliability in a new way today.
This guide will help you understand elevator dimensions, shaft dimensions, and help you plan for elevator installations and upgrades.
It’s no secret that elevators are an incredibly important, convenient, and resourceful tool available to us in our world today.
With an estimation of 1.9 million elevators in existence in the world at this time, that statistic includes both the commercial and residential elevators in operation.
Beyond assisting with commercial businesses, buildings, and workforces, residential elevators are essential for tall buildings, multiple floors, and individual with handicap requirements.
In this guide on elevator modernization, we’ll review the scope of work, help you calculate costs and provide free tools to help your decision to modernize.
Has your elevator drive recently failed?
Or maybe you’re considering upgrading an obsolete drive?
A shut-down elevator can cause serious annoyances and safety hazards to tenants in your building, but is the high cost of replacement a requirement?
Depending on the age of your elevator drive (sometimes called a vvvf drive), you may be offered several different options for repairs or replacement. If you’ve been told that parts are obsolete, you may think the only way to salvage your existing elevator is to upgrade the drive.
Is that really the case?
As a building owner or manager, this guide will help you with everything you need to know about elevator drives. We’ll review details on the elevator drive, obsolescence, options to repair, and we’ll provide tools to help you calculate true cost.
Let’s get started.
Elevator cylinder replacement costs and full elevator jack replacement costs can start at $40,000 to $50,000 and run as high as $75,000 if drilling is required. This guide will help you reduce cost.
Free Elevator Jack Calculator
A quick tool to estimate the cost to replace your elevator jack
So your elevator jack or elevator cylinder needs to be replaced. I think you’ll agree when I say:
Elevator work is expensive. Hydraulic elevator jack replacements are extremely expensive. There’s not much I can do to improve my situation.
Or is there?
As it turns out, there are a few things to keep in mind to save money and dramatically improve your situation.
In this post, I’m going to explain what those things are and how you can quickly improve cost.
Let’s dig into the details of elevator jacks, cylinders, and pistons.
A simple Elevator Maintenance Contract Guide to read before you sign. Know the critical items and calculate elevator maintenance cost.
It’s that time again: your elevator maintenance contract is expiring, and you need to renegotiate. The document is long and complicated—how do you know what’s most important?
How do you know which companies can maintain your elevators?
If you’re not happy with your current service and want to ensure your elevator gets the preventative maintenance it needs, you’ll have to go through your elevator maintenance contract with a fine-tooth comb.
This article will help with that. Let's dig down into the nitty-gritty details of your elevator maintenance contract and extract the critical items which you should consider.
We’ve compiled the top 10 considerations for anyone that's about to sign a new contract.
Let's get started.