Cost to Install an Elevator Door Lock Monitoring System

Cost to Install an Elevator Door Lock Monitoring System

You just received notification for the new elevator door lock monitoring requirements in New York City.  Now you’re wondering what the elevator upgrade will cost. Or maybe you just received a proposal and you’re questioning the total price.

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It’s important for a building to plan and budget for major costs.  The elevator code deadline is January 1st, 2020. Buildings need to understand the forthcoming cost.

Let’s breakdown exactly what costs are expected so you can budget and validate proposals.  This guide will help you understand the total cost of an elevator door lock monitoring system.


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Before we start you should double check if your elevator needs an upgrade.  You can read our previous post to confirm.  Or you can skip to our free cost calculator to get information on your building. 

Let’s review the cost to install an elevator door lock monitoring system.

Permit for Elevator Door Lock Monitoring System

Permit Cost

The city requires all upgrades to perform work under a permit.  In addition, the city inspector will have to inspect the installation and operation after the work is complete.

Material for Elevator Door Lock Monitoring System

Material Cost

The new code requires elevator door locks to be monitored and the elevator to stay in place if the locks malfunction.  The actual system which monitors faulty elevator door locks, which is like a mini computer, will make up roughly 1/3rd of the total cost.

The city also requires a professional engineer to stamp and certify the prints for the new door lock monitoring system.  This service is offered by the manufacturer and is usually included in the material cost. The original elevator prints must be available to send to the manufacturer of the new system.

  • Traveling Cable: The elevator door lock monitoring system requires enough spare electrical wires in the elevator traveling cable.  If the elevator traveling cable doesn’t have enough spare wires the total material cost will increase.
Labor for Elevator Door Lock Monitoring System

Installation Labor Cost

The system itself needs to be installed, adjusted, and then tested by elevator mechanics.  The mechanics will make sure the electrical and mechanical components are installed and working according to the new elevator code. Installation labor usually accounts for most of the total cost.

  • Traveling Cable:  Labor cost will increase if the traveling cable doesn’t have enough spare wires.  The total labor portion of the cost may double or triple with the additional labor to install the traveling cable.
Total Cost for Elevator Door Lock Monitoring System

Total Cost to Install an Elevator Door Lock Monitoring System

On average, the total cost to install an elevator door lock monitoring system is $10,000 to $15,000 per elevator.   The total cost will increase to $20,000 to $30,000 per elevator if a traveling cable is required.

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