Multipoint door locks go hand-in-hand with uPVC and composite doors so if you have one or more of those, you can be pretty certain you have a multipoint lock fitted. They are also used on modern timber doors.

Multipoint systems lock in three places and provide a tight, weatherproof seal. They are considered one of the most secure door locking systems available and come in a range of security levels.

As good as they are, however, it must be remembered that any lock is subject to a limited lifespan. Research undertaken by lock specialists Yale in 2012 suggested that as many as one million multipoint door locks were close to the end of their lifecycle and could fail during that year, potentially leaving thousands of homes unsecured and homeowners locked out of – or even into – their properties.

Failed Locks Could Leave you out in the Cold

The repercussions of a failed multipoint lock throw up great cause for concern. Suddenly finding yourself unable to lock your property could be disastrous, as could finding yourself locked in, especially in an emergency situation.

It is absolutely crucial therefore to look out for warning signs that your multipoint lock is on its way to failing in the near future. That way you can take action now, before you are faced with a real problem.

Multipoint Lock Checklist

Why not take a few moments now to run through the following checklist?

The handle

  • Is it drooping?
  • Does it feel loose?
  • Do you have to use excessive force to lift it?
  • Does it make a grinding or clunking sound when you operate it?

Locking points

  • Do they show signs of wear or damage?
  • Does one or more of them fail to operate when the handle is lifted?

The lock

  • Are you unable to lock the door when the handle is lifted?
  • Is the key failing to turn fully?

Whilst some of these symptoms are signs of other issues such as a misaligned door or a faulty spindle in the lever handle, in the majority of cases they are indicative of a wearing multipoint lock.

The solution is to replace the lock. Opting for one that bears the British Standards KitemarkTM, something we discussed in one of our posts last month, will give you peace of mind that the lock will be thief-resistant and manufactured to an approved level of quality and safety.

When replacing a lock it is essential to choose one that is suitable for your particular door, and satisfies the level of security you desire for your property. It is also very important that the lock is professionally installed. In many cases, your insurer will demand this.

If you are concerned that your multipoint lock may be on its way out, don’t delay in seeking advice on a replacement, because you could literally be left out in the cold, or unable to leave your property. Get in touch today for tailored advice from one of our expert locksmiths.