White uPVC patio door handlesIf you happen to be the unlucky owner of a uPVC door that won’t open, the problem might lie with the door’s handle. However, a broken uPVC door handle can be caused by several different issues. And whilst this list isn’t extensive, we’ve explored a range of common problems and offered solutions that can help to resolve them below.

Screws are too tight

If the screws are too tight, the handle’s backplate can pinch the lock, which prevents the spring from working effectively. You can try to rectify this by slightly loosening the screws that hold the handle to the door. This should make the handle easier to turn.

The internal springs aren’t properly lubricated

In such cases, the internal springs may bind against the inside of the handle, causing difficulty when operating the door. Try removing the handle from the door and operating it while holding the backplate. If the handle does not operate freely, try lubricating with 3 in 1 oil, then leave some time for it to work into the mechanism. This should stop the mechanism from binding. Now you can reattach the handle to the door.

Spring mechanism has failed

If you find your uPVC door isn’t latching shut as it should, there could be a problem with the lock’s spring mechanism. You can test if it’s failed by removing the latch from the door and pressing it down with your finger. If you find it doesn’t fully spring back or springs back very slowly, you will need to replace it.

Replacing a broken uPVC door handle

If none of the above methods have worked, your only option may be to replace the handle. If you plan on doing this yourself, it’s important that a number of key sizes on the new handle match the old one. You can make sure the handle will be the right fit, by taking the following measurements with a tape measure:

  • The distance between the two fixing screws, making sure the measurement is taken from the centre of each screw.
  • Distance between the centre of the handle to the centre of the keyhole.
  • Overall length of the handle to ensure the area where your old handles were is covered.

Be sure to measure in millimetres, so the measurements are more precise.

When all else fails…

If you’ve expended all your available options, including an attempt to replace yourself, it’s time to call in the pros. Give your local locksmith a call; they should be able to resolve any issues with your broken uPVC door handle.

However, doors that won’t open are not always a result of a broken handle; old uPVC doors regularly experience opening problems for a variety of reasons. If so, it might be time for a new one altogether. And if you choose a uPVC door from T&K you can enjoy a 10-year guarantee, meaning you’re covered in the event of a broken handle or another hardware issue!

Are you a homeowner looking for home-improvement advice or a range of fantastic home-improvement solutions? Get in touch with the team at T&K today. A member of our friendly team is available to call on 0800 622 716 or you can send us an online message.