UPVC Window and Door Problems?
There are a variety of reasons why your uPVC windows and doors start to play up. As they are most commonly used in residential properties the constant use eventually causes them to deteriorate. The majority of problems that you will come across will require the help of a locksmith to resolve, however you as a homeowner can help diagnose them problem. Below we have put together a list of some of the most common problems you may come across with your uPVC windows and doors.
Common Problems with UPVC Windows and Doors
UPVC Door Only Locks from One Side – If you find that you can only lock your door from one side and the key is unable to turn from the other then it is most likely that you will need a new lock barrel. If you find that you are unable to remove the key once you have lifted the door handle and turned the key to lock it then it is likely that the central cam lock of the cylinder is out of alignment. This is often caused by lock components and keys wearing down from constant use. To resolve this issue, you will need to get in touch with your local locksmith to replace the cylinder to ensure that the correct cylinder and size is used and fitted properly to ensure proper security.
Door Not Locking Properly/Stiff Handle – This can be caused by a number of issues, however, if the key won’t turn or the handle is a bit stiff then the cause is likely the window or door has slipped out of alignment, this stops the bolts being able to fully throw into the locking position. There are many things that can cause a door or window to become misaligned, contracting and swelling in changing weather temperatures, repeated slamming and general wear and tear. There is a simple solution to this problem, by adjusting the hinges of the door or window it will be able to realign with the frame allowing the key to turn and lock easily. However, if you are not sure how to do this then it is worth giving your local locksmith a call.
Handel Spins Not Opening the Door – This happens when a previous sign of a problem has been ignored such as a stiff handle, repeated forcing and slamming of the door or window eventually causes the internal parts to break. Dependent on the type of lock you have you may require a new back box or a completely new lock to resolve this problem. If you are locked in or out of your property, then you will need to contact your local locksmith to come and open the door then they can fit new locks for you.
Lock Cylinders – You may not be experiencing any problems with your locks, but are they secure? Locks fitted to the door at the manufacturing stage may not always be the best, especially when it comes to home security. This means that they don’t meet requirements BS 3621 which also means they will not meet insurance requirements. Lock snapping has become one of the most common methods used by burglars to gain entry to your home and the locks supplied with uPVC doors are vulnerable to this. So, when you buy a new uPVC door it is best to contact your local locksmith to come and upgrade the locks to insurance approved anti-snap locks. Not only will your property be more secure, but you could also save money on your insurance premiums.
Broken Key in Door or Window Lock – This problem is common with all key entry systems. It is caused by wear and tear on old and frequently used keys. This can be prevented by contacting your local locksmith as soon as you start to have problems with your key such as the lock starts to jam, then you wont need to forcefully turn the key allowing it to break off in the lock. However, if it is too late to prevent this issue and you have broken your key in a window or door lock then contact Advance Locksmiths Bristol to come and extract the key and take steps to prevent further problems down the line.
If you are having problems with your uPVC windows and door or you need your locks upgrading, then contact Advance Locksmiths Bristol today – 0117 239 0033