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Lift Refurbishment

Lift Refurbishment

With approximately half of all lifts in the UK more than 30 years old, lift owners/operators are often faced with questions about what to do with their old lifts. There are four options

  • Lift Modernisation
  • Lift Refurbishment
  • Lift Replacement
  • Do Nothing

We are discounting the Do Nothing option because it is assumed that there are overriding reasons to Do Something!

This article covers refurbishing lifts. There is also a Topic on Lift modernisations, and lift replacements will be covered in future Topics.

There is also a Topic on Popular Lift Upgrades.

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Lift Refurbishment

When something is restored to an ‘as new’ condition we can say it has been refurbished. Worn out equipment is simply replaced like for like. When lift components and lift equipment are replaced in this way, this is not considered an upgrade.

The replaced components will function as the originals were designed to do.

Examples of this are

  • The bearing fails on the lift drive sheave of a pulley sheave – either the bearing is replaced or the whole lift drive sheave or lift pulley is replaced.
  • Lift motor burns out – burnt lift motor is replaced with a new one.
  • Internal lift car lining is renovated as opposed to being replaced. Perhaps the old timber panels are removed and taken away for renovation but they are then returned in a refurbished condition.
  • Lift Door replacements. This could be whole lift doors being damaged and replaced or perhaps new skins being applied to replace the old lift door skins.

With any of these changes to the lift, it will perform as it was designed to do so. Of course performance and reliability will be improved, but then that is because worn lift components and/or equipment were replaced.

Significantly, there is no change in the level of safety and there is no duty on the owner/operator to bring the lift in line with the latest levels of safety.

However, there may be good reasons to go further than simply replacing like for like such as, improved lift ride and floor levelling or saving on the lift energy consumption for example.

Lift owners and operators will need to consider other options rather than just replacing components like for like.

With the majority of lifts in the UK over 30 years old our lift consultants have specified and project managed many lift refurbishments. They are knowledgeable on what is available in the market, any Codes and Standards that should be considered and can give straightforward practical advice.

If you are considering a lift refurbishment and want independent, knowledgeable advice then please get in touch.

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Lift Modernisation or Refurbishment Consultancy

020 7118 8401 – – 145/7 St John Street, London, EC1V 4PY, UK


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