What's a Good Warranty for an Elevator?
Most residential elevator manufacturers provide a two-year limited parts warranty and a one-year labor warranty on all installations. Some manufacturers warranty their equipment for up to five years. Some elevators qualify for extended manufacturer warranties if you purchase a maintenance contract.You can also get a lifetime warranty on all structural components of your elevator, including the sling, platform assembly, car enclosure, rail brackets, and pit steel.In addition, five-year warranties are available for major components of the elevator, including the pump unit, swing door assemblies, interlocks, hoist ropes, and shackles and operating devices such as limit switches, push button assemblies, and key switches.
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Nationwide Lifts offers Canada's best warranty for a home elevator. Mechanical parts are backed by a 10-year warranty, electrical by a three-year warranty, and labor for one year. Product warranties start on the date the product is shipped from the factory, and the labor warranty starts on the day installation is finished.
Make sure you pay careful attention to the warranty you are provided with, which may not cover labor for removal, repair, or replacement of parts after the first year. Inspection and maintenance must be performed every 12 months, or the warranty may be void.
Your warranty may not cover normal wear and tear; misuse of batteries, panels, gates, and doors; and malfunction or damage resulting from accidents, misuse, lack of proper maintenance, or modification of the building or hoistway.
One thing you should remember before purchasing a home elevator is that it is not a washing machine. Homeowners frequently decide on an elevator as if it were a standard home appliance. They wish to purchase a home elevator manufactured by an established company with a standard one-year warranty. They tend to focus on cost, figuring they are all the same.
But when you research home elevators, you'll quickly learn there are a wide variety of models and styles available at a range of costs with a variety of warranties that can protect your purchase for five years or more and cover installation and maintenance, too.