UPVC doors and windows are widely used in both residential homes and businesses across the UK. As they are frequently used, they are prone to natural wear and tear eventually leading to problems. Most problems with uPVC doors and windows will need the skills and expertise of a locksmith to resolve, however, you as the homeowner can help to diagnose the problem. Below are a few of the most common problems with uPVC doors and windows that us locksmiths come across.
Common UPVC Door And Window Problems
Stiff Handle/Door Not Locking Correctly – There are many of reasons why your uPVC door or window may not be locking correctly, if the key won’t fully turn and the handle is stiff then the window or door is probably out of alignment, this means the bolts can’t fully throw into the locking position. Misalignment can be caused by many things i.e repeated slamming, hanging on the door, swelling and contracting of the uPVC in hot and cold temperatures and general wear and tear. To resolve this problem the hinges will need to be adjusted so the window or door re-aligns with the frame. Once this is done the key should turn fully and lock with ease.
UPVC Door Only Locks from One Side – If your door is only locking from one side and the key will not turn in the other then chances are you need a new lock barrel. If you are unable to remove your key when you have lifted the handle and turned the key to lock, then the central cam of the lock cylinder is probably slipping out of alignment. This is usually caused by worn keys and lock components due to frequent use. To resolve this issue, you will need a local locksmith to replace the cylinder to ensure the correct size is used and the cylinder is fitted correctly.
Handle Spins All the Way Round Without Opening the Door – This happens when you ignore the first sign of a problem when the handle gets stiff, and you don’t get your door re-aligned. The prolonged forcing and strain on the handle takes its toll and the internal components are put under so much stress they eventually break. Chances are you have broken the spindle inside the lock back box, and this will require a new back box or a new locking unit entirely dependent on the type of multipoint lock you have fitted. You will need to contact your local locksmith to open the door and fit the new locks.
Lock Cylinders – The locks fitted to uPVC doors by the manufacturer may not always be the most secure when it comes to home security, meaning they may not meet the requirements to comply with insurance companies and are not British Standard BS 3621. Lock snapping and lock bumping are increasingly common methods used by burglars to into a property and unfortunately the standard locks supplied with uPVC doors are susceptible to these methods. So, the best thing to do when you buy a new uPVC door is to get a locksmith to come and upgrade the locks to more secure anti-snap locks that comply with insurance companies’ minimum standards. Not only could you save money on your home insurance, but you can have peace of mind knowing your home is more secure. A good local locksmith will be able to advise you on the best anti-snap locks to suit both your security needs and your budget, as well as supply and fit the locks.
Broken Key in Window or Door Lock – This is a common occurrence for all key – entry locks. It is caused by wear and tear on old and frequently used keys. To avoid this problem, you should get in touch with a locksmith as soon as the lock starts to jam to avoid forcefully turning the key.
However, if it’s too late for prevention then contact Elvidge Gribble Locksmiths to extract the broken key and take necessary steps to prevent future problems.
If your having problems with your uPVC doors or windows then contact Elvidge Gribble Locksmiths today – 01566 773285