3 Common Malfunctions with UPVC Door Locks11/20/2016 Back To Blog
If your UPVC Door lock is faltering in some way you could be experiencing one of the three following conditions. It is often best to have a professional perform a good troubleshoot rather than try to take components apart and try to fix them yourself. Here are three of the most common faults that can occur with this style of door.
Lock and Cylinder Failure
UPVC doors typically house a multi-point cylinder lock that is often placed within the handle. The cylinder lock can fail completely over time due to years of wear and tear or vigorous usage. Your key may enter the lock all the way in but not turn, it can turn too loosely and fail to catch, or the lock can be so stiff that it is reluctant to turn at all. You can have the lock replaced for a new upgraded version that will offer smoother motion and longer lasting durability.
The door itself or its frame can become misaligned over years of pressure. When this happens the door will fail to close property which means the locks can't connect, or are put at greater strain. Locksmiths trained to work with this style of door are able to provide lock installation as well as professional UPVC door installation and adjustment to ensure its alignment is spot on.
When the doors locks are stiffening, it can be tempting to try and force the key to turn. Eventually you might end up actually snapping the key in the lock if you apply enough force. When this happens it is often necessary to have the broken key extracted by a professional. Trying to prod and pull at the lock with sharp and incorrect tools can be hazardous as well as cause more damage to the chamber.