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COVID-19 Notice

Preferred Elevator would like to assure our customers that we are taking all necessary steps to do our part in flattening the curve of COVID-19. We have developed a “No Family Contact” process for service, repairs and installations. Our Mechanic, who will be wearing a mask and gloves, will call you when we are at your front door and will discuss the issues or concerns you have with your unit. Our customer can then unlock the door, but there is no need to further greet the Mechanic or be present for the service, repair or installation. Please feel free to move to another part of the home while we are working. Final payment can be left for technician or can be done over the phone with our office.
We greatly appreciate your business during this time.

Ken Gough


Elevators installed with more than 4 inches of “gap space” between the hoistway doors and the elevator car doors can pose a serious safety risk. Children may become entrapped in the space and could be seriously injured or killed. This risk can be reduced with the proper installation of space guards at each floor.

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Dumbwaiter Safety Tips You Should Use

Dumbwaiter Safety Tips You Should Use

If you’re going to use a dumbwaiter in your house, there are certain dumbwaiter safety tips you’ll need to follow to ensure you’re using one properly.

Dumbwaiters are different from elevators. Rather than transporting people, they are designed to move items from one floor of a building to another. They can serve a valuable role around your home, helping you move various things, such as groceries and laundry if it’s currently tough to move them upstairs otherwise. If you’re going to use a dumbwaiter in your house, there are certain dumbwaiter safety tips you’ll need to follow to ensureyou’re using one properly.

Get a Dumbwaiter That Has Interlocks

Dumbwaiters aren’t a modern technology. In fact, they were built hundreds of years back, and that means there are some homes that might have older models. Part of dumbwaiter safety means having a modernized model, as newer models are much safer than ones that were built long ago. In particular, a feature you want for your modern dumbwaiter would be interlocks. This way, when your dumbwaiter is moving, or if it’s currently at a different landing, the interlocks will prevent any doors on other levels from being opened.. Modern interlocks will usually be electromechanical, so the access doors will stay shut until the dumbwaiter completes an electric circuit that allows those doors to open. This keeps your dumbwaiter much safer, especially for those with young children.

Make Sure Your Dumbwaiter is Professionally Installed

Dumbwaiter safety starts with a professional installation. Professionals understand all of the steps that go into ensuring that your dumbwaiter gets installed as it should. To be sure you’re picking a reliable contractor for the job, check to see if they have any certifications that support that they provide high-quality results.

You may be tempted to install your dumbwaiter on your own, but we strongly advise against this. A DIY installation sounds like a way to save money, but unless you have professional expertise installing dumbwaiters, you’ll likely run into problems during your installation. This will not only cost you time and money in the long run, but it can also compromise dumbwaiter safety. While you’ll spend more money upfront hiring a professional, you’ll be glad you made the investment when you’re sure the installation was successful, and the dumbwaiter is safe to use for years to come.

Preferred Elevator: We’re On the Up and Up!

For over a decade, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.

For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of your equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!

Get in touch with us! Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8 am -5 pm. Reach us by phone at 410-238-2555, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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    Preferred Elevator

    • 7110 Golden Ring Road
      Suite 102
      Essex, MD 21221
    • Phone: 410-238-2555
    • 24/7 Emergency Service
    • Business Hours:
      Monday–Friday: 8am–5pm
    • MHIC #123888
    • Elevators Contractors License #1186
    • DC License #ELC1300867