PVC Windows and Doors Repairs & Maintenance
If you bought new windows and doors recently or even have them a while. Than keep reading, below you will find some helpful hints and some simple repair tricks that will keep your windows and doors in top shape for many years to come.
Door is catching when you open and close it
Does PVC door catch or rub of the frame when you open and close it. We'll don't panic in most cases all it need is a small adjustment. First have a look at your door hinge in most case you will see a place to put a hex key into. Sometimes this may be covered with a PVC cap if so just pop of the cap. Now put in your hex key and turn. When you turn the nut one way the door sash will move away from the lock side and when you turn it the other way it will get closer to the lock side. Plus most hinges now also have an adjustment on the bottom of the hinge. If you turn this clockwise it will lift the door sash. And finely if you look at the top you will see another one if you turn this it will adjust the door sash So that it closes tighter against the seal.
There is a draft coming in my door
Over time the rubber seal around the doors can shrink and flatten. Which will than leave in draughts. To stop this happening you will need to adjust the lock and hinge. First open your door and on the lock you will see 4 roller cams all you need do is turn these and your door will now close tighter against the seal. Than to loosen just turn them the other way. Now on the hinge side look at the top of hinge you will see a PVC cover cap remove this. Once removed you will sell a nut that takes a hex key. Now all you need do is turn this nut one way and the door will move closer to the seal than turn it the other way and it will loosen against the seal.
There is a draft coming in my window sash
If you have a draft coming in on the lock side. All you need do is open the window and you will see the cams that lock onto the frame. Just turn these one way and you will tighten the sash against the seal.
If the draft is on the hinge side than more than likely you will need a new set of hinges. As these are not adjustable, so once the interlocker on the hinge wears down you must replace the hinges
Cleaning your PVC windows and doors
When cleaning your PVC windows & doors it is best just to use warm water and a small bit of washing up liquid. Because a lot of the cleaning fluids you buy can harm the PVC over time. Plus if you have gold or chrome handles be very carefully what you clean them with. They can discolour very easy with the wrong cleaning fluid. But you will find that a bit of warm water and a small bit of washing up liquid will do the job on them. As you windows are designed to be very low maintenance and that includes the cleaning of them. So don't go away buy loads of fancy different cleaning fluids as you may just damage your windows and doors.
But if you do have a stubborn stain that just won't shift than you may need a cleaning fluid to shift it. But you should test it out on a part of the window that won't be seen.
Cleaning the drainage system on a PVC door
This is a simple and easy thing to do. But if it's not done every now and again it can lead to a lot of water leaking into your hallway. To clean the drainage just open your door. Look down at the bottom there should be two holes or slots in the section. Clean these out plus any other dirt which has built up on the bottom of the door. Once this is done now look at the bottom of the door on the out side there should be two more hole or slots. These can be covered with PVC caps. Just unclip the cap and clean out the holes. To test your drainage just pure some water into the hole on the inside and you should see it come out the hole on the outside of your door.
Change a PVC window handle
Most PVC window handles will wear down and break depending on how much use they get. You will find that the kitchen and bathroom window handles are the first to go. But it is only a two minute job to change them now plus they are cheap to buy and you have a good choice of colours. The only thing you need watch out for when changing Espage PVC window handles. Is that make sure you put the new handle on in the same position as you took the old one off in. Otherwise Espage lock will not work right. The same applies for PVC tilt / turn window handles. Before you buy your new handles you should take of the old handle and check the spindle length as these come in all different sizes. (The spindle is the square metal bar which goes into the window) you can buy a handle with a longer spindle than cut the spindle with a hacksaw. But if you get a handle and the spindle is to short than the handle is no good to you.
Note : If you are changing the old style Cockspur handle you will need to know the stack height and if it is a left hand or a right hand handle. Otherwise the handle will just not work. (See image of Cockspure Handle)
Change PVC door handles
Pvc Door handles can loosen and break depending on how much use they get. But these are very easily changed. It is only a matter of unscrewing the two or three screws on the inside. The only thing to watch out for here is when you are buying the new handle make sure the screw holes and the spindle hole are in the same place other wise you may have to drill new holes for the screws to go through the door.
Changing a door cylinder
Over time you may need to change the door cylinder, due to lost keys or broken keys. This is now a very easy job to do and will only take a few minutes. First open the door and unscrew the screw which holds in the door cylinder. Than put the key in and turn you key ( turn key to the 5 position on a clock) Than your cylinder should just slide out. Once done just slide in the new cylinder in. When buying your new door cylinder you will need two measurement. First one is from the outside of cylinder to the center and the second one is from the inside of cylinder to the center.
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