Home Elevators and Cold Weather
Seasonal tips from your home elevator supplier - Residential Elevators, Inc. (REI)
weather can affect us all in many ways. Freezing rain and snow can make driving treacherous for many areas of
the country. While cold fronts in the
south send farmers and citrus growers scurrying to protect their precious
crops. Very few of us escape those high
energy bills that often accompany frigid temperatures. Even a home elevator can be affected by cold
weather. Here are some helpful tips and
things to consider now that winter is upon us.
Hydraulic Oil – Probably the biggest issue attributed to cold
weather are the affects of large fluctuations in temperature of the
hydraulic oil that lifts your hydraulic home elevator. Optimal temperature for the hydraulic
system is between 85 – 95 degrees Fahrenheit. If your machine room containing your hydraulic equipment is
located in a “climate controlled” room this probably is not an issue;
however, if your equipment is in the garage, attic, or in any other area
that is NOT “climate controlled” you may be experiencing sporadic leveling
of the elevator if not a “shut down” in the system.
– You have two options to try to eliminate this problem: one option is to
control the temperature in the Machine Room/Area to keep the hydraulic
oil from experiencing large temperature fluctuations. The other option is to install a “Tank
Heater” in the hydraulic oil reservoir to control the temperature of the
oil. A Tank Heater can be installed
relatively quickly by a trained elevator technician and usually proves to
be a much less costly avenue vs. controlling the temperature of the room
Rails – If your elevator is making a funny noise from
the elevator shaft and you can’t figure out what it is….it might be that
the main elevator steel guide rails need lubrication. The lubricant on these rails can some
times dry out in cold weather causing the amount of friction between the
guide rails and the moving elevator to increase thus causing a noise. Remember, an elevator shaft is a
dangerous place to be and should only be entered by a trained elevator
professional familiar with the safety features and the mechanical
operation of an elevator.
inside the elevator – If your elevator
serves a level that is not “Climate Controlled” such as a garage or the
ground level of a home on stilts, try parking your elevator on one of the
floors that is “Climate Controlled” and even leave the swinging door open
on one of these floors if you are not using the elevator. This will keep your next trip on the
elevator from being a “chilling experience”!!! Also, consider installing a Parking or Homing feature to
your elevator that can automatically be programmed to park at a “Climate
Controlled” floor. This is a
relatively inexpensive way to do this and insures the elevator is always
at the floor you expect it to be.
- Batteries – All
REI home elevators come with a battery back up system to provide emergency
lowering the event of power failure. Blizzards, freezing rain, ice storms, and even high energy demands
on a grid can all cause a loss of power. ALWAYS make sure your back up system is in good shape, fully
charged, and ready to go in that unlikely event that you are in the
elevator when there is a loss of power.
a check up or schedule maintenance on your home elevator. We recommend at least once a year and
perhaps more often depending on your use and need. We have several different maintenance
programs for you to consider.
can help you with all of your Home Elevator needs and answer any questions you
might have. Give us a call at
always – Thank you for your purchase and business.
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