So the elevator repair guy just showed up randomly… He doesn’t even know where to begin. Repairs are estimated around the 500k-ish range and it just needs to be replaced rather than repaired.
He was serious about the red-tag thing, I kind of got the feeling that it means something more serious than just “not working”. But anyway he doesn’t think it will be repairable anytime in the near future, and won’t be operable for at least several months if we underwent repair/replacement.
The controller unit is corroded and needs to be replaced (10k estimate), the cables themselves are rusted out and in an unsafe condition. And the whole of it seems to be one of the oldest ones he’s seen.