UPVC windows and doors can start playing up for a multitude of reasons. Residential properties commonly use uPVC windows and doors and over time the frequent use eventually takes its toll. The majority of problems that present will require the skills of a locksmith to resolve, however you as the homeowner can help to diagnose the issue that you are having. Below you will find a few of the most common problems that arise with uPVC windows and doors.
Problems With UPVC Windows and Doors
Stiff Handle and Door Not Locking Properly – Many factors can cause this problem in uPVC windows and doors, if the handle is stiff and the key won’t turn properly then it could be that the window or door has become misaligned, this prevents the bolts from fully throwing into the locking position. Many things can cause misalignment, the most common culprits are slamming, swelling, and contracting, hanging off handles and general wear and tear. This problem can be resolved by adjusting the hinges so that the window or door is realigned with the frame. If you don’t feel comfortable trying this yourself then your local locksmith will be able to do this for you. After this has been done there should be no issues turning the key and it should lock with ease.
Can Only Lock UPVC Door From One Side – If your door will lock with no trouble from one side but the key wont turn in the lock from the other side then it is likely that you will need a new lock barrel. If once you have locked the door you are unable to remove the key, then the issue is probably the central cam of the lock slipping out of alignment. This is often caused by keys and lock components becoming worn after a lot of use. To resolve this issue, you will need to call out your local locksmith to come and replace the cylinder, they will be able to ensure it is fitted correctly and the correct size is used.
Handle Spins Around Without Opening The Door – This problem tends to happen when signs of a misaligned door are ignored and you don’t have it re-aligned. Prolonged forcing of the handle puts the internal parts under strain eventually causing them to fail. It is likely that the spindle inside the lock back box is broken and to fix it will either require a new lock back bock or a completely new locking unit dependent on the type of multipoint lock you have. You will need to call out your local locksmith to come and open the door for you and then replace the broken lock or components.
Broken Key In Window Or Door – All key entry locks suffer with this problem. It is simply caused by wear and tear of old and frequently used keys. This problem can be avoided by contacting your local locksmith as soon as the key stars jamming in the lock and avoid forcing the key. If it is too late for prevention, then your local locksmith will be able to come and extract the key and make any necessary repairs to prevent problems in the future.