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Frequently Asked Questions About Elevator Service
Those of us who work in large office complexes might spend a significant portion of our lives in an elevator car, riding up and down an elevator shaft. Sometimes, we might spend more time than we would like in an elevator when it is malfunctioning and stuck between floors. If you are curious about elevator operations, then these answers to some commonly asked questions might interest you:

What is the difference between a freight elevator and a passenger elevator?
Passenger elevators can be found in office buildings, shopping complexes, residential apartment buildings and even some large homes. While residential (private home) elevators might carry significantly less weight than standard commercial elevators (roughly 700 to 1000 pounds), passenger elevators are generally meant to hold a maximum of 6,000 pounds, and can be ornately designed, depending upon the environment. Freight elevators can also be found in office buildings, shopping complexes and residential apartment buildings, but are commonly found in factories and in some storage garages and can carry capacities of approximately 10,000 pounds. Freight elevators are meant for the transport of vehicles, pallets and other heavy equipment and machinery between multiple floors.

What are dumbwaiters?
Dumbwaiters are small elevators that are designed to deliver small items such as platters of food from the kitchen to a dining area. It is considered a micro-freight elevator, and it is generally manually operated. Dumbwaiters are typically found in restaurant kitchens and in very large homes that were built before the early twentieth century.

How do I find a qualified elevator service installer?
You can find lists of elevator system installers and service companies in many online directories. Make sure to read customer reviews, and check for complaints that might have been submitted to the Better Business Bureau or the state contractor's board. You also want to be certain that the installation service is staffed with technicians that have the proper training and certification. Ask if the technician carries all of the basic parts and supplies to each job, or if he or she diagnoses the problem and then orders parts.

National Association of Elevator Contractors
Conyers, GA 30012
When you need to transport commercial items or make it easier to get around your residence, find an elevator contractor through our association. For both passenger and freight, we are the top choice.
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Freight and passenger elevators come in various sizes, styles, and uses. Manufacturers for both freight and passenger elevators will have available technicians to come out and make any necessary repairs on the motor, buttons, or cables. Wheelchairs, hydraulic lifts, escalators, and electric dumbwaiter elevators all have specific uses to help people get around. Climbing escalators can be used in various buildings to help customers reach different levels. Freight elevators, such as those found for boats, aircrafts, and other vehicles show that elevators have become very useful tools for everyday uses. IF you want to find a manufacturer that sells passenger elevators, you can search the internet or look online at the different products that are available. Medical lifts and wheelchairs can be controlled simply by the touch of a button. Freight elevators will use industrial strength cables, steel, and rope in order to hoist the elevator up and down according to its commands. If you want an elevator for a commercial building, you will find there are different capacity levels for various sizes. You will need to determine how many people will be carried most often in the elevator. You will also be required to have an emergency call button should something go wrong with the elevator when people are inside. Commercial buildings find that elevators are very helpful in making it convenient for customers to reach their destination. Engineers have developed many different ways for freight and passenger elevators to operate, including magnet sensors, different traction and counterweight techniques, and different types of gates. Learn about the different operations engineers have made for elevators to be easily usable to regular people. When the technician comes to install the product into your commercial building or home, ask any questions you might have about how to use the device.
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