Seasonal lock problems09/10/2013 Back To Blog
A sudden or gradual change in weather brings common problems with opening and closing doors and locks. Even a minor drop in temperature can cause the door to shrink and the entire locking mechanism is thrown out of gear. Let’s take a look at the common problems and their solutions; in some cases a lock fix or replacement may be required. Note that these problems are specifically for UPVC doors as they are commonly used in most homes.
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- If the door locks only from one side you may be unable to turn the key fully from the other side. This calls for replacing the lock barrel. The most common reason why this happens is because we tend to use substandard quality locks and of course keys do wear out over time. This results in the central cam of the lock getting misaligned. In such a case the cylinder will have to be replaced and the new one should fit in well.
*If the door has been stiff for some time and you’ve not done anything about it, chances are that the handle may spin but not open the door at all. If you’ve put extra stain on the handle while trying to push the door open, then the internal locking mechanism will wear out over time. The lock back box has a spindle that will break so you may have to replace the back box or entire unit. It all depends on the type of multi point lock used.
*If the door does not lock properly then it’s quite possible that it is not aligned correctly. This happens due to temperature variations and wear and tear. So it is recommended that you clean the door and frame regularly as this will prevent dirt from getting trapped and no undue pressure is exerted on the handle and locking mechanism.