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More about UPVC Lock Repair & Repalcement
This page is for information only and not intended as anything other. Should you experience difficulties, please contact a professional and DO NOT remove your lock from the door.
UPVC door mechanisms are produced by a number of manufacturers and in many more variations and styles. However, the principle in the way they all work is pretty much the same.
Firstly, it should be noted that these types of locks known as multi point locking mechanisms are also sometimes found in wooden composite doors and not just UPVC. When mechanisms in composite doors go wrong in the closed and locked position, it can cause other specific problems.
Most of the time there will be obvious signs that the system or part of the system is going to fail. Do not leave it until it does. To do so is costly and can result in damage to the surrounding frame, as fixing it will be harder. Here are the signs and symptoms to look out for:
- The Handle becomes hard to operate, requires that extra pressure at the end
- The Handle has become loose and floppy, or spins
These signs can mean a number of things. It could be as simple as the door alignment has been effected or as serious as the internal working parts have broken or seized or a fault lies in the locking cylinders themselves. It is advisable to have a professional like Owl Locksmiths and Security assess your door as catching any problems in the early stages is cheaper and simpler to correct.
How Your Multipoint Lock Works
Multipoints generally operate in the same way regardless of the type or number of locking points. They can be simple rollers or large hooks and bolts or any combination. The most common is operated by lifting the handle which operates the locking points, then the whole system is locked into position with the turn of the key in the cylinder, commonly know as the barrel.
NOTE: Be aware that over the past few years many manufacturers have altered or even ceased production of various products and unfortunately in some cases if your product is around 10 years or older, it is possible your system is no longer available. Therefore if your system fails and you require a full replacement, it is likely to be more costly due to the fact that a new one will have to be made to fit which is not a 5 minute job. For more information with no obligation, call Owl Locksmiths and Security today.
NOTE: Please also look at the Upvc section on the insurance requirements page.