Fixing a new uPVC door can be tricky, especially if you haven’t attempted to repair these kinds of doors before – sometimes you’re better off leaving it to a professional.
Whether you’re trying to fix a front door, back door, internal doors, conservatory doors or uPVC patio doors, the last thing you want to do is mess around with the lock and make things worse. Not only will this cost you more money in future repairs, but you’ll also be left with an access point to your home that’s completely unsafe and unprotected – putting you and your family at risk from potential burglars. Fixing or attempting to repair uPVC doors by yourself is always an option, but unless your well practised in general locksmith problems and repairs, it’s always better to leave the job to a professional.
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Common uPVC Door Problems & Repairs
Despite all of their merits, occasionally, you may need to repair your uPVC window. You can purchase a upvc window repair kit depending on the specifics of your situation, this should include most of the tools needed to repair your windows. That said, you may need something more specific for certain cases, such as upvc window lock repair.
How to fix A Jammed UPVC Window
One of the most common problems with uPVC windows is that they get stuck. Sometimes this problem may stop with the handle, which – due to general wear and tear – will not be properly working. If it is just one side of the window that is stuck, then it is most likely a broken handle which can be fixed by simply replacing it.
Use a flat bar, such as a pallet knife, and ease it between the frame and window opening by lifting the handle. Use a bit of pressure in the top of the opening and it should open. If this doesn’t work, try doing it from the other side.
If that doesn’t work, you can remove the glass from the frame. Use a simple tool and it will remove the beading that holds the glass in the frame. You shall find packet at the opposite ends of glass, pull them out and slightly tilt it up and down, this will release it from the locking point.
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How to fix A Jammed UPVC Door
If you think a lock might simply be jammed, you might be able to fix the problem yourself, without the need to get in touch with professional locksmith. There are several home-based uPVC door repair techniques you could try, including:
- Checking the internal door mechanisms to make sure they move at the same time when you lower the door handle.
- Oiling the hinges to reduce door stiffness.
- Locking and/or unlocking the door from the opposite side to see if they key is merely jammed at a particular entry point.
If none of those techniques prove useful, then you will probably need to hire a professional uPVC door repairs contractor as soon as possible.
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Professional uPVC Door Repair Specialists
Hiring a professional uPVC door repair specialist will cost you money, but if the job is purely lock-based it can usually be done and dusted within a couple of hours – so there’s no reason not to call and get them round as soon as you realise there’s a problem!
Of course, not all uPVC door lock repairs are as simple as that, and you might have to pay out for a new lock, handle or even a whole new door. Still, there are several benefits to hiring a professional locksmith or repair man, including the following:
- To charge to repair a uPVC door lock, hired tradesmen need to be fully trained and qualified in fixing locks, and can often provide new mechanisms on the day if it proves necessary.
- They usually have a wealth of experience in their field even when they’ve only been in the job a few months (because of the quick turnaround in work), and will therefore be well trained to fix your lock as fast as they can without compromising your property’s security.
- uPVC repairmen can also provide new glass panelling on demand, including stained and/or crystallised glass, double and/or triple-glazing, and glass with additional UV protection. These panels can often be fitted the same day for minimal extra cost, especially if they being only being replaced due to damage caused by a faulty lock.
- They will also be trained to furnish and renovate uPVC panelling, including refurbishing any scratches, dents, chips or stains in the door.
- They can fix and/or oil broken or faulty hinges to ease door movement.
- …and finally, they can offer money-insured guarantees to make sure you won’t end up asking for another uPVC door lock repair job for anything from six months to up to five years!
How to find a uPVC door repair contractor?
To find the best uPVC door repair contractor on the market, make sure you check prices with a number of different local and national companies. Ask friends and relatives for advice or specific recommendations, and don’t be afraid to ask for references before you sign on the dotted line.
After all, these uPVC doors can be fixed by a number of different tradesmen from all sorts of industry backgrounds, so you want to be sure that you hire the most reliable, efficient and competitively priced contractor out there – and you only get the best results by asking all the appropriate questions before choosing someone to fix your door.