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If you're having problems locking your uPVC door, don't panic. We have a checklist for you to diagnose the issue: it could be caused by the locking mechanism, the key, the handle, or even the weather.
First of all, check these three points:
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If your door won't lock when it's closed, the latch might not be catching or engaging. Test the spring mechanism in the door by opening the door and pressing the latch with your finger:
A few other reasons this could happen are:
If the door appears to be out of alignment, you can try to adjust the hinges to re-enagage the latch. Read how to adjust uPVC door hinges here.
Note: We don't recommend using oil, grease or WD-40 for a door lock problem. Use light machine oil or graphite powder as lubrication to care for your door.
High temperatures and direct sunlight can make a uPVC door expand, so hot weather could throw the door out of alignment slightly. Dowse the door with cool water or pat around the outer sections of the door with a cold, damp cloth. Alternatively, you can wait for the temperature to cool down slightly and the door will go back to its normal state.
If the uPVC door handle won't lift up to lock or move down this is usually caused by a fault with the internal mechanism. If this has happened, you will need to change the door handle and you can follow instructions in our guide how to change a door handle.
Studies have shown that 74% of burglars gain entry to a home through the front door. If your uPVC door won't lock then we recommend that you change the lock or the door to keep your home secure.
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