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    UPVC stiff/sticking key

    Locksmiths

    Recently the lock on my UPVC front door has started playing up. Turning the key on the outside is hard as it is very stiff, but inside it is normally easy. However a couple of times the door has been impossible to unlock from the inside. Rather than being stiff, they key just won't turn at all, like you would get if it was the wrong one. However I was able to unlock it from outside, albeit still very stiff, and it then works fine from the inside. The handle seems to work OK.
    Is this just a lock barrel or could it be something else?

    Asked by Peter on 17th Nov 2021
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    Carter Locksmiths

    "Hi yes it seems you will need a new lock and possible re-aligning if the door cheers."

    Answered on 18th Nov 2021 - Member since Oct 2020 - report
    Eagle Eyed Security

    "It sounds like an alignment issue to me. The door will have adjustable hinges which can sort the problem."

    Answered on 18th Nov 2021 - Member since Sep 2019 - report
    Dan Gherghina

    "Hi, you need to check with the door open if the cylinder and the mechanism works properly. What you described here can be from the cylinder, mechanism problem or door alignment. Thanks"

    Answered on 18th Nov 2021 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
    D and C Property's

    "It could be a failed mechanism or a faulty barrel try removing the barrel and see if it turns fully out off the mech. If not replace the barrel first as this is the cheapest part."

    Answered on 18th Nov 2021 - Member since Sep 2021 - report
    All London Locksmiths Ltd

    "The best thing is to get a locksmith out to have a look.
    It could be that it needs a new barrel and is tge cheapest option .
    It could be the gearbox, but the locksmith can see when he has removed the barrel."

    Answered on 18th Nov 2021 - Member since Dec 2018 - report
    RB Locksmith services

    "Hi
    This could be a few different problems it could be door realignment, the lock itself maybe damaged or it could be the gearbox broken
    Many thanks
    Rob"

    Answered on 18th Nov 2021 - Member since May 2021 - report
    All Secure Locksmiths

    "Hi Peter,
    It can be a few things, is the problem still happening when the door is open, as it can be just a upvc door alignment issue, if the hooks are not lining up properly the door can't lock properly.
    If its still an issue with the door open, then it's a new lock or gearbox issue, probably the lock as its different on each side of the lock, a gearbox fault would normally affect both side of the door..

    Regards"

    Answered on 18th Nov 2021 - Member since Jun 2021 - report
    Rotherham and Doncaster locksmith

    "I would say you probably need a new lock cylinder fitting as you could end up locked out"

    Answered on 18th Nov 2021 - Member since Aug 2019 - report
    Keys 4 the city

    "With what you have said above I would say you need a new barrel and it should be OK"

    Answered on 18th Nov 2021 - Member since Jan 2021 - report
    Jarman locks

    "It sounds like the euro cylinder needs changing. The pins and key are not doing what they need to be doing."

    Answered on 18th Nov 2021 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
    ProLock-locksmiths

    "Hi mate

    Sounds to me like your barrel is on its way out I'd recommend getting it changed sooner than later before you get locked out when you least expect it"

    Answered on 18th Nov 2021 - Member since Dec 2020 - report
    Chris W Phelan

    "Hi the lock cylinders could be breaking down or the gear box on the door mechanisms could be failing"

    Answered on 18th Nov 2021 - Member since Apr 2020 - report
    A LIST IMPROVEMENTS

    "Hi, try some lubricants ideally silicone spray grease, wd40 will do for a short fix. Spray a little in both sides gently work the key in and out. Also gather all the keys you have find one that has the brand stamped on the key the barrel/ lock will also have a brand stamped on it usually silver in colour try it you might find you have been using a poor copy if you get any more keys cut use we call an original copy.
    If this doesn't work then a new barrel will be required.
    Good luck"

    Answered on 18th Nov 2021 - Member since Jan 2019 - report

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