Frequently Asked Questions about Home Elevators

Residential Elevator Service and Repairs

At Carson Elevator, we’re proud to be providing residential elevators to Salt Lake City homes. There are a lot of aspects to take into consideration when adding an elevator to your house. We’ve put together a frequently asked questions list to make your research easier. We’re happy to provide pricing for your elevator, but to determine the best structural location, we recommend hiring a general contractor. Call us with other questions you may have about residential elevator installations, repairs, and maintenance.

How do you lift someone out of a wheelchair?

You should stand as close to the person as possible, providing support. Then, reach around the chest and lock your hands behind the person. Lift using your leg muscles rather than straining your back or pulling with your arms. As always, consult a professional guide before attempting to move someone in or out of a wheelchair.

What is a freight elevator?

Similar to a service lift, a freight elevator is designed to carry heavy-duty payloads. They can hold an average of 4,000 to 15,000 lbs., depending on your needs and available space.

How much does it cost to maintain an elevator?

Most elevator owners have their elevator properly maintenance by a professional each year. Costs vary depending on the type of maintenance work needed and the cost of parts that your elevator may require during service.

How often do I need to repair my commercial elevator?

Most companies recommend servicing your commercial elevator at least once every quarter. You will also need to establish a safety inspection and repair service annually. This will help prevent major safety problems.

How much space is needed for a residential elevator?

Space requirements for a residential elevator can vary depending on the type of elevator that is chosen. Review our brochure to learn more about some of the residential elevator options.

Are there different types of residential elevators?

There are many different types of elevators we supply. View our Elevator Options page to learn more.

Will my home elevator accommodate a wheelchair?

You will have to check with the team at Carson Elevator LLC as some elevators can while others cannot. The general rule of thumb for space is needing 36’x48’ to accommodate a wheelchair in the car.

What is the weight capacity on a residential elevator?

Typically, most vertical wheelchair lifts are rated for 750 lbs.

What is the difference between a residential elevator and a commercial passenger elevator?

Your home elevator has limited use and application, carrying less, taking up less space, and being more affordable when compared to a commercial elevator. We mostly install roped hydraulic elevators for residential needs.

How high can a residential vertical wheelchair lift travel?

On average, they can travel a maximum distance of 72” or six feet. There are taller applications that use a vertical platform lift. These can travel up to 14’ while incline wheelchair platform lifts can travel up to 40’.

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