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Common UPVC Door And Window Problems


It is common to find uPVC windows and doors in both residential and commercial buildings across the UK. Due to regular use, they are prone to wear and tear and over time it is inevitable that they eventually start to have problems. In most cases it will take the skills and expertise of a locksmith to fix the problems you are having with your uPVC windows and doors however it is possible for you to help diagnose the problem. Below are some of the most common problems locksmith come across with uPVC windows and doors.



Stiff Handle/Door Not Locking Correctly – There are many reasons why your uPVC window or door may not be locking correctly, if the key won’t turn fully and the handle is stiff then the window or door is likely out of alignment, this means the bolts can’t fully throw into the locking position. Misalignment can be caused by a number of 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 without a problem.



UPVC Door Only Locking From One Side – If your door is only locking from one side and the key will not turn in the other then it is likely you need a new lock barrel. If you cannot remove your key when you lift the handle and turn the key to lock, then the central cam of the lock cylinder is likely 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. Prolonged forcing and strain on the handle eventually take its toll and the internal components are put under so much strain that they eventually fail. 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 new locks.



Lock Cylinders – The locks fitted to uPVC doors by the manufacturer are not always be the most secure when it comes to home security, as they don’t meet the requirements to satisfy insurance companies and are not British Standard BS 3621. Lock snapping and lock bumping are increasingly common methods used by burglars to break into a property and unfortunately the standard locks supplied with uPVC doors are prone 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 regulations. Not only could you save money on your home insurance, but you can have peace of mind knowing your home is safe and 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 Emergency Local Locksmith to extract the broken key and take necessary steps to prevent future problems.



If you’re having problems with your uPVC doors or windows at your home or business, then contact Emergency Local Locksmith today – 01279 704 064