Home elevators are very handy for getting people to the different floors of their home if they don’t have as much mobility as they once did. Now, while these elevators do wonders for people while they are functioning properly, there will come a time when they don’t function as they should. This will bring up the question of whether repairing or replacing your elevator is the right call. Today, we’re going to help you decide if you’re better off getting an elevator repair or an elevator replacement.
Consider Your Elevator’s Age
Between 20 and 25 years is what’s considered the lifespan of a home elevator. Now, this number doesn’t account for how much the elevator is used over its lifetime. This is why it’s better to consider how many times you’ve used your home elevator, as well as its age, to determine if its lifespan is at its end.
Since it’s not common for homeowners to keep a log of how many trips they’ve taken on their elevators, you’ll want to give your best estimate. Think about how long you’ve had the elevator, as well as how many trips you take on it per day. If your elevator is reaching that 20 or 25-year age, or it’s been used plenty of times, an elevator replacement may be better than a series of repairs over time. You can consult an elevator professional if you’re unsure of what decision to make in this situation.
The Technology is Outdated
Elevator technology is constantly advancing. There are always improvements being made to home elevators that help them extend their lifespans.
With this new technology, however, manufacturers are discontinuing certain elevator components. If your elevator is on the brink of not functioning anymore and you can’t get the pieces needed for a repair, you might need an elevator replacement in order to get your elevator modernized with all of the pieces that are currently being manufactured.
An elevator professional will be able to tell you if certain components are still being made or not. Knowing which you need and which ones are still being manufactured will help you with your final decision. If the needed pieces still exist, an elevator repair could work.
Think About the Repair Costs
Getting an elevator repair is cheaper upfront than an elevator replacement, but you also have to consider how often repairs are needed. The number and cost of repairs that are needed also plays a major role in your decision.
If you only need a few repairs to keep your elevator functioning for a long time, an elevator repair could be the better option. On the other hand, when you need many repairs, and you have to get repairs done constantly, it’s better for you to have an elevator replacement done for your home.
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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!