Why Do Problems with uPVC Windows Happen
Problems with uPVC Windows start to crop up for a number of reasons. uPVC windows are commonly found in residential buildings so over time, the constant use eventually takes its toll. Most problems with uPVC windows that arise often need the assistance of a locksmith, such as City Locksmiths Bristol, to resolve. However, you as the homeowner can often diagnose the issue.
Below you will find a few of the most common problems you may come across with your uPVC windows and doors.
Common issues with uPVC Windows
uPVC window not locking properly or a stiff handle
There are many reasons why your uPVC window is not locking correctly, if the handle is a bit stiff and the key wont turn fully then it is quite likely that your uPVC window has become misaligned. This means that the bolts can’t fully get into the locking position.
uPVC window lock misalignment can be caused by a variety of things such as,
- swelling and contracting due to hot and cold weather,
- repeated slamming,
- hanging on the door and general wear and tear.
To fix this issue the hinges need to be adjusted so that the door or window re-aligns with the frame. Once this has been done you should have no problems locking the door or window.
Handel spins without opening the window
This is usually the result of ignoring an initial problem when the handle gets stiff and your door get the door realigned. The constant forcing of the handle eventually takes its toll and the pressure put on the internal parts eventually cause them to break. The likely source of this issue is a broken spindle in the lock box and the fix involves replacing the back box or the entire locking unit depending on the type of lock you have fitted. You will need the help of your local locksmith to gain entry and change the locks.
The locks fitted to uPVC doors at the point of manufacturing may not always be the most secure locks that your property needs, they often don’t meet the British Standard TS007. Methods used by burglars such as lock snapping and lock bumping mean it is vital you ensure you have secure locks on your external door to better protect your home against a break in. Unfortunately, more often than not the locks that come fitted with uPVC doors are prone to these methods, so it is always work calling out a locksmith to come and upgrade the locks when you have a new uPVC door installed. This will give you piece of mind that it won’t be easy for an intruder to break into your home and may also save you some money on your insurance premiums.
Broken key in lock
Any key window lock is susceptible to this problem. It is caused by general wear and tear on frequently used and old keys. This problem can be avoided by calling out a locksmith as soon as the lock begins to jam so you are not repeatedly forcing the key. If it is too late for prevention methods, then contact City Locksmiths Bristol to come and extract the key and take any necessary step to prevent it from happening again in the future.
uPVC Window Difficult to Open & Close
Because window hinges and locks tend to worsen slowly over time you often don’t notice how bad it is until it fails. So, as soon as you notice that it is harder to open and close your windows or that you need to use more force than reasonable to do so, then preventative action now will save a= call out to a locksmith later. We note that hinges can cause most window problems over time, dirt builds up. It is possible that all is required is a clean up with a cloth and need lubrication so that they can move more smoothly.
to lubricate your hinges a silicone spray and a cloth is a good idea to minimise the risk of etting oil in other places. However, please check with your manufacturer for the best lubricant to use.
To apply the lubricant,
- Open your window wide so you can see the hinges and the locking mechanism.
- Insert the lubricant nozzle of the can into the locking mechanism and spray a few times times
- Next, spray the external moving parts of the lock.
- Turn the window a few times to work the lubricant in.
- Please quickly wipe away any excess drips to avoid staining / mess.
- Don’t forget to lubricate the hinges and hinge guide rail from top to bottom on both sides of the window.
- Finally, close and open the window several times to evenly and fully distribute the lubricant. Job done!
Which also has an article worth reading www.which.co.uk/news/2019/09/5-common-double-glazing-faults-and-how-to-resolve-them/
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We also recommend you read our blog, Why Good Window Locks Are Important For Your Home Or Business.