MacArthur Locks & Doors got a call from a homeowner in NE Washington, DC, for a door lock repair. They hated how the multipoint lock on their front door was sticking and difficult to turn. Our residential locksmith started the repair by removing the lock from its casing. Upon disassembling, we found out the multipoint door lock gearbox was jammed. To solve the sticking issue, we cleared the gearbox of dirt and debris. We also flushed out keyways with solvent in case of an obstruction on their interior. This step ensured that all moving parts were working properly. After that, we refitted the lock to the door. Finally, we lubricated it, so it did not get stuck again later on down the line! Our client was impressed with how our locksmith worked quickly and efficiently to repair their door locks in no time.
A multipoint door lock is a lock system used in homes, offices, and other building types. This type of lock can offer an extra level of security to an existing lock system. However, several factors can cause gearbox jam issues in multipoint locks. This problem can happen to a door lock at any point in its lifetime, just like in this client's case.
Below are some of the most common door lock repairs necessary to keep your multipoint system operating smoothly.
Door locks with multiple locking points are not always easy to install and can sometimes become misaligned. That can happen when the multipoint lock is not installed correctly, or the door frame becomes damaged. When a multipoint lock is misaligned, it will not function properly. That is because you will not be able to insert the deadbolt into the strike without forcing it. It will result in an uneven gap between the edge of your door frame and where it meets the strike plate.
To fix this problem, remove and reattach the multipoint lock until it aligns perfectly with its frame. You may also need to adjust the screws inside the doorframe to get everything lined up again. A DIYer can remove and reinstall screws inside the doorframe or use an Allen key instead of a screwdriver.
One of the issues you may face with multipoint locks is that they can sometimes get stuck or be hard to turn. An issue with the alignment of components within your locking mechanism could cause this. If you experience this issue, a professional locksmith DC must reset it so that all points are operating correctly again.
Your multipoint locking system can sometimes feel slightly loose when you turn it. That is usually caused by dirt or debris caught between two pieces of metal inside the mechanism.
You can clean those two pieces of metal as thoroughly as possible with a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol. Doing so should eliminate any remaining dirt before putting everything back together.
However, if you are still having trouble with your multipoint door lock after doing this, you can try cleaning all of its parts again and check to make sure they are all firmly connected. Otherwise, there may be something wrong with the mechanism itself, and you may need to replace some or all of the parts.
Are you having trouble with your multipoint door lock? Then, contact MacArthur Locks & Doors for help. Our residential locksmith will not take long to check your door lock and fix the issue. Plus, we can help you choose a smarter security system to stop this from happening again. We offer a wide range of door locks, from a standard deadbolt lock to a multipoint door lock system, so that you can feel safe and secure.
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