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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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How To Prepare Your Elevator For The Winter

Learn how to prepare your elevator for the winter season.

It is the middle of December and winter weather has already hit Maryland.  Cold weather can be damaging to mechanical devices such as cars and elevators.  Whether you have an elevator in your home or use one at work, it is critical that you do not forget about winter maintenance.  You don’t want to put passengers at risk because you didn’t go through the proper maintenance steps.  Luckily, there are a few simple ways to prepare your elevator so that it lasts through the winter and into spring.

Climate Control

During the winter, cold weather can cause the temperature of the hydraulic oil in your elevator to drop leading to issues.  It is critical that the hydraulic oil in your elevator is at a temperature ranging from 85 to 96 degrees Fahrenheit.  You need to keep your machine climate controlled or have the professionals at Preferred Elevator install a tank heater that controls the hydraulic oil temperature.  A tank heater will last you throughout the winter season into the spring.


It is common for cold weather to dry out the lubricant on your elevator guide rails causing friction between the rails and the elevator.  You will likely hear a strange loud noise if your guide rails are dry.  If this occurs, all you need to do is contact the professionals at Preferred Elevator to lubricate the steel rails.


During the winter, snow storms and blizzards are common which can cause power outages.  If you have a backup battery system installed, your elevator will still function in the event of a power outage. If you have a backup battery, make sure it is working properly and is fully charged.

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

For 11 years, 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 our 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 8am-5pm. Reach us by phone at 410-238-2555, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

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