Preparing an Elevator Maintenance Checklist

When you’re appraising your elevator maintenance plan options, you might have a general idea of what you need. However, since elevators are very complicated pieces of equipment, there are certain things many people miss in the research phase. Unfortunately, this often results in an elevator owner locked into a long-term contract with an unreliable service provider.

Our checklist will help you.


The right elevator maintenance contract will ensure that your elevators:

  • Operate in accordance with applicable codes
  • Pass required state inspections
  • Keep your passengers safe
  • Avoid costly repairs

Each elevator service company includes and excludes different services in their own versions of these maintenance plans.


The coverage level will determine how much financial risk you are taking with your elevator — basically what you’re getting for your money.


Cost will likely be one of your deciding factors when selecting a service provider, but it’s important to realize that the cheapest option isn’t always the most affordable in the long run.


There is no “one-size-fits-all” elevator maintenance checklist. The safety checks will be contingent on the specific type of elevator you have, so the operator will have an elevator maintenance checklist that is designed to the specifications of your equipment’s exact make and model. Some of the basics that a technician will assess include:

  • Safety circuits
  • Foot pound pressure on door closing
  • Door protection
  • Oil levels
  • Ride comfort
  • Leveling at landings

Ask your maintenance provider for a checklist of safety tests specific to your elevators that are guaranteed to be performed at every visit.