Is it Time for a Lift Replacement?


Is it Time for a Lift Replacement?

In an ideal world, lifts would last forever, providing peak performance right up to their last gasp. We know that the reality is quite different, and planning in advance for the demise of your lift can save you money and the mounting frustration of passengers. There’s unlikely to be a cut off point when a lift replacement becomes a necessity, but there are plenty of ways to gauge when a new lift is a solid investment.


How Long Does a Lift Last?

It’s a question the Tower Lifts team hears regularly. And the answer is less precise than we would like. The rule of thumb is that a good quality lift will normally last between 20-30 years. Hydraulic lifts, however, tend to wear out faster and can be expected to last between 15-18 years.

At Tower Lifts we regularly extend the life of lifts by a programme of refurbishment, or modernisation. In both cases worn or outdated components are replaced by the most up-to-date equivalents. This can sometimes double the natural life of the lift, ensuring that it remains cost-effective to run and safe for passengers to use.

Signs That a Lift Replacement is Necessary

Replacing a lift is costly, and disruptive. Which is why Tower Lifts engineers will always look for ways to modernise or refurbish before suggesting a lift replacement. In our experience, though, there comes a tipping point where the cost of keeping an old lift running is more of a drain on energy and resources than investment in a new lift installation.

There are a number of indicators that your lift may need replacing:

  • New Component Installation is Costly. In some cases, because of the initial design of the lift, component installation requires engineering work for fitting. This makes modernisation a costly option.
  • The Lift is Increasingly Unreliable. Despite everyone’s best efforts there can come a point where the required repairs are too frequent, and the service offered to passengers is deemed sub-standard.
  • Lift Components Not Easy to Replace. As a lift gets older the components become less easy to source. This adds to the time and cost of repairs and maintenance as engineers are having to search for sources.
  • LOLER Concerns. Every workplace lift requires regular LOLER inspections to ascertain its condition and compliance with safety standards. If your inspection is recommending awareness of current health and safety standards, it’s a sign that your lift is falling behind and needs attention.

About Tower Lifts

Tower Lifts is a leading UK installer of passenger lifts, goods lifts, and platform lifts. If you are planning a lift replacement, we can arrange to combine removal of your old lift with installation of a new one.

We work with clients to produce construction phase plans, risk assessments, method statements and asbestos checks. Our works complies with European lift regulations, CDM 2015 regulations, and Health and Safety regulations such as ISO 45001.


Would you like to speak to a Tower Lifts engineer about a lift replacement? Call us today on 01525 601099


Tower Lifts carry out design and installation on a varied range of lifts throughout the UK including:

Domestic Lifts • Food Lifts • Bespoke Platform Lifts • Service Lifts • Platform Lifts • Goods Lifts • Scenic Lifts • Heavy Duty / Car Lifts • Passenger Lifts • Dumbwaiter Lifts • MRL Lifts • Fire lifts • Residential Lifts • low-Headroom Lift