Signs Your Electric Chain Hoist's Brakes Need Servicing

Posted by Craig Cappel on May 17, 2023

Signs Your Electric Chain Hoist's Brakes Need Servicing

Electric chain hoists are an essential part of many industries, providing an efficient and reliable method of moving heavy loads. However, as with any machinery, they require regular maintenance to ensure they operate safely and efficiently.

One of the most critical components of an electric chain hoist is the braking system. The brakes play a vital role in preventing the load from dropping or falling unexpectedly, making them a crucial safety feature. In this blog, we will discuss when you should know your brakes need servicing on your electric chain hoist.

Strange Noises

One of the most common signs that your brakes need servicing is the presence of strange noises or chatter. If you hear grinding, squeaking, chattering, or scraping sounds when using your electric chain hoist, it may indicate that the brakes are worn out or damaged. The noise may be a result of the brake pads being worn down, which can cause them to rub against the rotor, creating friction and noise.

It is essential to address any strange noises immediately because they can indicate a serious problem with the braking system. If the problem is left unchecked, it can lead to a complete brake failure, putting the load and anyone in the area at risk.

Reduced Stopping Power

Another sign that your brakes need servicing is reduced stopping power. If you notice that your electric chain hoist is taking longer to come to a complete stop than usual (drifting), it may indicate that the brakes are not functioning correctly. Reduced stopping power can be caused by worn-out brake pads, damaged brake discs, or a malfunctioning brake system.

In any case, it is important to have the hoist inspected as soon as possible to prevent any accidents. The reduced stopping power can cause the load to continue moving even after the operator has released the controls. A qualified technician can determine the cause of the reduced stopping power and make any necessary repairs.

Jerky or Unstable Movements

If your electric chain hoist is exhibiting jerky or unstable movements during operation, it may indicate a problem with the brakes. These movements can be caused by a lack of braking power, worn-out brake pads, or a malfunctioning brake system. When the braking system is not functioning correctly, the load can be difficult to control, leading to accidents or damage to the load.

It is essential to have the hoist inspected and serviced to prevent any potential accidents. The qualified technician can identify the root cause of the problem and make any necessary repairs.

Visual Inspection

Regular visual inspection of the brakes is essential to ensure that they are functioning correctly. Check for signs of wear and tear, damage, or corrosion on the brake pads, brake discs, and other brake system components. If you notice any problems, have them addressed immediately.

For example, if you notice that the brake pads are worn down, it may be time to replace them. If you notice damage to the brake discs, it may be necessary to replace them as well. A qualified technician can provide guidance on the best course of action to take based on their inspection.


Regular maintenance is key to ensuring that your electric chain hoist and its braking system are functioning correctly. Schedule regular maintenance with a qualified technician to inspect and service the hoist and its components. This will help prevent any potential problems before they become serious.

During maintenance, the technician can inspect the braking system for any signs of wear and tear or damage. They can also clean and lubricate the system to ensure that it operates smoothly. Regular maintenance can help extend the life of your electric chain hoist and prevent any potential accidents.


The brakes on your electric chain hoist are a vital safety feature that should be regularly inspected and serviced to ensure they are functioning correctly. If you notice any strange noises (chattering), reduced stopping power (drifting), jerky or unstable movements, or other signs of wear and tear, it is essential to have the hoist inspected and serviced by a qualified technician immediately.

Regular maintenance and visual inspections are also key to ensuring the brakes are functioning correctly and preventing potential accidents. A qualified technician can provide guidance on the best course of action to take based on their inspection, and they can also provide advice on the frequency of maintenance and inspections required.

Ultimately, the safety of your electric chain hoist and its braking system is your responsibility. You should always be aware of the signs that your brakes need servicing, and never hesitate to contact a qualified technician if you suspect there is a problem.

Remember that even small issues can quickly escalate into larger ones, leading to accidents or damage to the load. Regular maintenance and inspection can help prevent potential accidents and extend the life of your electric chain hoist. Always prioritize safety and take action to address any potential issues with your electric chain hoist's braking system.

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Author Craig Cappel

Craig Cappel has been an enthusiastic part of the sales team at Ace Industries since 2005. Craig participated in the Ace expansion into Texas in 2012, moving to Houston for the launch of the new Distribution warehouse and in 2015 returned to HQ in Georgia to lead the Business Development Center of Excellence. Craig’s focus has been on applications, managing projects ranging from industrial fab, offshore and oil & gas, to entertainment and production rigging. With a current role on the customer service team and website development and sales, Craig also oversees Ace’s in-house hoist repairs and warranty work.

Craig lives in the Atlanta suburbs with two large dogs, both huskies, and can be found painting on large canvases, listening to a broad playlist of music and dreaming of the Hawaii surf.