How To Use A Dumbwaiter Safely & Extend Its Lifespan
August 30, 2022
Installing a dumbwaiter for your home or business in Singapore has many benefits such as saving time, saving space and reducing the risk of injury.
However, not using a dumbwaiter lift the right way or taking care of it can result in breakdowns more often, causing unnecessary downtime and having to spend more money on repairs.
If you are considering installing a dumbwaiter or already own one, this guide to using a dumbwaiter in the right way and in a safe manner so that its lifespan can be extended will come in handy.
Read on to find out more.
1.Adhere to maintenance schedules
Like any other lift, a dumbwaiter requires regular maintenance too to check for problems and evaluate its performance. Having it professionally inspected at least once a year is a good rule of thumb to follow. Maintenance often includes lubrication, cleaning, checking for worn-out components, inspecting safety locks and examining electrical wiring. All these prevent premature failure of the unit and multiple unnecessary repairs, ensuring that the dumbwaiter is in excellent working order for dependable performance.
2.Take note of the maximum load
A dumbwaiter is not meant to carry passengers but that does not mean you can overload it since safety is less of a concern. Always take note of the maximum load your dumbwaiter can hold, especially if your business deals with heavy equipment, because overloading can result in early wear and tear on the lift’s components. Most dumbwaiters can carry a load starting from 50kg but can go up to 300kg depending on their size. Speak to a lift consultant to find out more about the options available for your specific needs.
3.Call for repairs
Should your dumbwaiter encounter any problems such as breaking down and making unwanted noises, chances are a repair will be needed to rectify them. It is advisable to stop using the dumbwaiter immediately and schedule a repair as soon as possible. These problems could be safety hazards and should be resolved early to prevent injuries.
4.Never pry doors open yourself
It is imperative to educate users and understand that the dumbwaiter doors should never be pried open with bare hands. Instead, wait for it to come to a stop and for the doors to open fully before placing your hands in. This is not just for safety purposes, but also to prevent the dumbwaiter from malfunctioning.
5.Let it take breaks
Operating a dumbwaiter constantly can put a strain on the system so letting it take breaks in between allows it to cool down for optimal performance. This does not just prevent overheating, but also takes the stress away from the components, extending the dumbwaiter’s lifespan in return.
6.Clean the interior frequently
Last but not least, clean the interior of your dumbwaiter frequently so that stains and dirt do not cake onto the components and remove moisture that may cause metal parts to corrode.
Consider Lift Works, a lift company in Singapore, when installing a dumbwaiter. We have more than 40 years of experience in both residential and commercial projects, specialising in traction, hydraulic and dumbwaiter lifts.