The average home elevator has a life expectancy of 20 to 25 years. However, there are a number of factors that can contribute to how long a home elevator will last, from the type of model to the maintenance schedule.
As a lift ages, the efficiency of the lift will decrease while the frequency of service calls increase. Eventually, it will reach a point where it is more cost effective to replace or modernise the lift than to continue repairing and running it.
Below are the top factors that should be taken into consideration when determining how long your lift will last before it needs to be replaced or upgraded.
Quality & Frequency of Maintenance
Maintenance is the top contributing factor that affects how long a home lift will last. In fact, poor maintenance can drastically reduce the expected lifetime of a lift. This is because during a routine service your lift technician will inspect all of the working parts of the lift for damage or wear. Regular servicing your lift ensures that any problems are identified and addressed early, before they can cause more damage and potentially a breakdown.
The quality of the lift maintenance is also important as not all lift maintenance contracts are the same. It’s important to choose a lift provider that offers comprehensive servicing with qualified and experienced lift technicians that will keep your lift running smoothly for many years to come.
Frequency of Use
How often your home lift is used can also impact the lifespan of the lift. The more often a lift is used, the more quickly parts will become worn and require replacing. Conversely, a lift that is not often used may last a lot long.
It is generally recommended that home lifts are serviced at least once a year, however, some manufacturers may recommend more frequent services for selected models. To extend the lifetime of your lift it is important that the frequency of maintenance is based on how often the lift is used. For example, a lift that is used many times a day will require more regular servicing than a lift that is used a couple of times a week.
Another factor that can significantly impact the lifetime of your home lift is improper use. Each lift should come with a manual outlining the manufacturer’s recommendations for use. This will include the maximum weight capacity of the lift.
Ignoring the manufacturer’s given load capacity and overloading your lift can cause damage to components of the lift, resulting in a reduced lifespan. Additionally, using you home lift in a way that is contrary to the manufacturer’s guidelines can even pose safety risks that can potentially lead to accidents and injury.
There are also a number of environmental factors that can affect the lifetime of a home lift, particularly for lifts that have been externally installed. This is because exposure to weather salt water can cause corrosion which can damage lift components. This is typically only a factor for lifts installed in coastal areas.
Quality Lift Maintenance & Servicing QLD
Axis Lifts offers quality lift maintenance and servicing to extend the lifetime of your home lift. With over 94 years of combined industry experience and more technicians than any other Queensland lift company, you can count on Axis Lifts to keep your lift running smoothly for many years to come. And when the time does finally come to repair, upgrade, or replace your home lift, we’ve got it covered.
Call Axis Lifts today on 1300 122 868 for all of your home lift needs.