A homeowner from Baltimore, MD, called MacArthur Locks & Doors after locking herself out of the house due to the faulty handleset on their storm door. After checking out the issue, our locksmith explained that the broken lock could not be replaced like any other lock because it needed to be reassembled along with the handle to function properly. We offered the homeowner several options for a handleset with a deadbolt lock and replaced the old one with a higher-quality model that would stand up to the elements. The homeowner was more than satisfied with her new door handle, but she was especially pleased with how quickly we replaced the storm door handleset replacement in under an hour.
Storm doors are great for keeping out the cold or rain, but they are also susceptible to daily wear and tear. Constant opening and closing can cause your key to getting stuck or the locking mechanism to stop working. Many homeowners experience these issues with their exterior door locks after a few years of installing them. It can be very inconvenient to have a broken storm door handleset, and you might not have the money to fix it immediately without help. However, if you are confident you can fix it yourself, there are basic steps that you can take to ensure that the lock is back in working order.
Inspecting the keyhole should be your first step if your key would not turn in the lock. Look closely at the keyhole for any signs of damage from insects or the elements. Next, see if any dirt, grease, or debris might be preventing the lock from working correctly. If you spot a thick layer of grease or grime, clean the keyhole with a pin. Test the lock again once you have done this.
If the first solution fails, try cleaning the lock with graphite powder. This product is available at hardware and home improvement stores. Simply sprinkle some on a spoon handle or moisten your key before adding the powder to the lock, then put the coated key into the lock. Turning the key in the lock should be able to remove debris.
Your lock may be frozen if you are experiencing problems with it in the winter. Using a hairdryer, warm the locking mechanism from the outside to release a frozen lock. The lock should return to normal within a few minutes. Maintain the lock at normal temperatures to keep it functioning properly. You can also try cooling the lock during the summer because the metal might contract as it becomes warm.
If your storm door lock is still giving you trouble despite these measures, you may need to replace it entirely:
With some luck, it will work as usual after that.
When it comes to security, nothing is more important than a reliable storm door handleset. If you are looking for a reliable and sturdy storm door handleset replacement, MacArthur Locks and Doors offers a wide variety of lock replacement services to meet your needs. Whether you need a new deadbolt for your front door or a new keyless entry system for your office, we can help.
We are a leading provider of lock replacement services throughout DC and the DMV area. We have an inventory of storm door handlesets made from the highest quality materials, built to withstand even the most severe weather conditions. Our team of experts is here to help you select the best options for your security needs and budget. So do not let a broken storm door handle ruin your day. Give us a call today to learn more!
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