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Hold the Brakes! Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Elevator Brakes

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The elevator is an important part of any commercial building. It allows people to travel between floors quickly and easily. But what happens when something goes wrong with the elevator brake system? In this blog post, we will discuss the five most important things business owners and property managers need to know about elevator brakes. We will also provide a brief history of elevator systems and their impact on society. So, whether you are responsible for maintaining an elevator or just ride in them occasionally, read on to learn more!

Elevators have been around for centuries, with the first recorded use in ancient Rome. Since then, they have become an essential part of modern society. They are used in both commercial and residential buildings to move people and goods between floors quickly and efficiently.

How Elevator Brakes Work

But what exactly are elevator brakes, and how do they work? There are two main types of elevator brakes: mechanical and electromagnetic. Mechanical brakes are the most common type of brake used in elevators today. They work by using friction to stop the elevator car from moving. Electromagnetic brakes work by using magnets to slow down or stop the elevator car. Both types of brakes are designed to stop the elevator car safely in case of an emergency.

Now that we know a little bit about the history of elevator brakes and how they work, let’s discuss five things you need to know about them.

Regularly Test Your Elevator Brakes

First, it is important to regularly test your elevator brake system to ensure it is working properly. This can be done by a professional or by following the instructions in your owner’s manual. Also be sure to  keep an eye out for any strange noises or smells coming from the brakes, as this could be a sign that they need to be replaced.

Pay Attention To How The Elevator Brakes Sound

Second, if you hear a loud ‘clunking’ noise or a rattle from the brake as the elevator car levels, this is not desirable. This could be an indication that the brake needs to be serviced. If you experience this while in the elevator, it’s important to note the time and date so you can report it to building management. Be sure to stay calm and avoid pressing any buttons until the elevator comes to a complete stop.

Find The Elevator Emergency Brake

Third, if you are responsible for maintaining an elevator, it is important to know where the emergency stop button is located. This button should be easily accessible in case of an emergency.  Knowing where the emergency stop button will come in handy if the elevator suddenly drops or starts to move erratically. It will also be useful if there is a fire or another type of emergency that requires the elevator to be stopped immediately.

No Power? No Problem

Fourth, in the event of a power outage, most modern elevators will automatically switch to backup power. However, it is important to know where the manual release lever is located in case you need to manually stop the elevator. The manual release lever is usually located near the emergency stop button and should be clearly marked. The lever can often be employed by simply pulling it down, which will release the elevator’s brakes and allow it to slowly descend to the nearest floor.

Don’t Panic

Finally, if elevator brakes are not properly maintained, they can fail when needed most – during an emergency stop. This could result in the elevator car dropping suddenly, which could cause serious injury or death. Additionally, if the brake pads become excessively worn, they can damage the drive sheave, which can lead to costly repairs. If you unfortunately find yourself in an elevator that starts to descend rapidly, do not panic. Remain calm and push the emergency stop button or use the manual release lever to stop the elevator.

We hope you found this blog post informative! Remember, these are just a few things you need to know about elevator brakes. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact a professional. Thanks for reading!

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