Lifts in Cold Weather

Lifts in Cold Weather

Recently we’ve had snow, rain and generally very wintry weather throughout the UK. Few areas have been unaffected by the snow and in some buildings’ cases, the lift has been no exception. This is often due to the lifts’ oil being too cold. ACE Lifts recommend that hydraulic oil (where applicable) is kept at the optimum temperature of between 5-40°C; when the temperature exceeds or falls below this range the lift may experience problems. If the lift(s) in your building have been behaving strangely during the winter period then read on to find out warning signs that the lift oil is too cold and how this can be rectified.

Why would a lift be affected by cold weather?

In the case of hydraulic lifts problems can arise from the hydraulic oil becoming too cold. As mentioned above the recommended temperature for hydraulic oil is between 5-40°C. Traction lifts too can be affected by extremely cold gearbox oil.

What symptoms may occur when the lifts’ oil is cold?

One common sign that this could be the case is the lift not levelling when it reaches a floor. In some cases the lift may stop completely. This is due to the lifts motor being unable to turn.

How can these problems be prevented?

Fortunately, the problem of cold oil is one that can be easily rectified. One simple way of achieving this is by installing a heater. Sometimes a heater is installed in the room where the tank is kept but ACE Lifts recommend that the most efficient way of heating the oil is to install a specific tank heater (to avoid wasting heat by heating the room around it). A tank heater is, as the name suggests, a specialist heater that fits to the oil tank and keeps the oil at the recommended temperature. These are a cost effective way of avoiding lift problems caused by the cold weather- the one off cost of installing one could save you numerous call outs and inconveniences.

If you would like to enquire about installing a tank heater, or about any other lift services then get in touch at

By | 2016-11-22T16:27:46+00:00 April 2nd, 2013|News|