How to open a uPVC door with a broken mechanism

pvcu front door imageFew things are more frustrating than when a fundamental part of your home stops working. This is especially true if it’s a door. If you’re having problems with your uPVC door, it’s more than likely that having it fixed won’t mean the end of them. A faulty door can be dangerous as it means your home is more prone to a break-in! It’s quite possible that you’ll be able to create a temporary fix if you’re experiencing the following problems:

Tightening a loose door handle

Before speaking about the mechanism itself, it’s worth seeing if this simple solution is all you need to fix your door. If the handle on your uPVC door is loose, stopping you from opening it, the most likely culprit is the ‘barrel’ part of your lock. This is usually located where the indent for your key is, if this part of your door is loose, in effect, your handle also is. To remedy this, you should find the screw that keeps the barrel part of the lock in place and tighten it, effectively tightening up the door handle.

Looking for a replacement gearbox

An essential part of a uPVC door’s lock mechanism is the gearbox. You can find out if this is what’s causing you trouble by putting your key in the door’s lock and attempting to turn it as you normally would. If you hear the familiar clicking sound like it unlocked, then it means your barrel lock itself is fine and the problem most likely resides with the gearbox.

To get your door to open again, you’ll more than likely need to replace the gearbox. Unfortunately, this isn’t as simple as it sounds as every uPVC door requires its own unique gearbox dependant on the brand and model of the door. To check which kind of gearbox you’ll need, look for the logo of the manufacturer, which is commonly located by looking down the lock or the metal strip that runs down the frame of the door.

The gearbox itself is just a smaller part of the multipoint mechanism. If you look at the multipoint lock, you can attempt to work out how many locking points it has, which will come in handy when you try to find a compatible gearbox. These locking points themselves will be either rollers or hooks, it’s useful to know which of the two you’re dealing with as this will also come into play when you’re looking for a replacement gearbox.

pvcu front door imageReplacing the uPVC door’s gearbox

If you get to the stage where you’ve found a store or tradesman that stocks the gearbox you need, the next thing you’ll need to do is take out your old one and fit your new one. This isn’t the simplest task and if it’s done incorrectly, it can actually cause more harm than good. This is why you might want to consider having a professional come and do it for you or, even better, replace the door entirely.

High-Tech Windows

If you’re having problems with your door, it’s more than likely that having it fixed won’t mean the end of them. Your best bet is to buy a new door, one that will stand the test of time, and there’s no better place to buy them than High-Tech. We sell a wide variety of professionally installed windows, doors, conservatories and more. For more information, contact us or browse our website.

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