Did you know that cold temperatures can affect how your hydraulic elevator runs? Oil expands and contracts with temperature and since this is the main driving force of the elevator, drastic changes in temperatures can affect the ride quality of your unit.
The oil temperature should be kept at 100 – 120 degrees Fahrenheit for best performance. If the oil falls below this for any sustained amount of time, the oil becomes thick and gummy causing sluggish valve operation which can lead to bumpy rides, rough starts and unnecessary strain on equipment.
Well maintained machine room temperatures can reduce your chances of your hydraulic oil being affected by cold weather. Insulating and controlling the ambient temperature of the room that houses your hydraulic tank, will help keep your oil’s desired temperature.
A tank heater can also be added. This is a simple inexpensive electrical coil that is submerged in the oil to ensure optimum temperature.
With proper oil and maintenance, your elevators, should be able to handle the ever changing weather conditions. Call today for a free assessment of your elevator equipment or maintenance quote!
Quotes for the soul;
“In cold weather a good rule is to light your fire first before doing anything else. It is always more sensible to keep yourself warm rather than trying to thaw yourself out later.” – Mors Kochanski
“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when their happy.” – Anton Chekhov
~ Elevator Writer