Secure and easy-to-operate multipoint locking mechanisms are commonly installed on uPVC, high-security, composite, and high-quality wooden doors. These locks provide enhanced security by engaging multiple locking points when the handle is lifted, and the door can be further secured with a key to deadlock it.
Multi-point locks consist of a face plate, often referred to as the strip, which incorporates various locking points such as pins, mushrooms, hooks, deadbolts, and anti-lift locks. These locking points work in conjunction with a central gearbox, also known as the centre case or centre mech, to connect the operating system with the rest of the lock. When operating the multipoint mechanism, simply pulling the connecting handles up and down will engage the gearbox to operate the multiple locking points.
However, it's essential to be aware that the centre gearbox is the most common point of failure in multipoint locking systems. The spindle cam, in particular, is susceptible to wear and tear over time. Neglecting regular maintenance can lead to warning signs like crunching, unusually stiff operation, or drooping handles. If these signs are ignored, the mechanism might fail to operate entirely. In such cases, you can rely on the expertise of Locksmith Kev at Locksmithkev.co.uk or reach out to them at 07415714590 for assistance with these issues. Their locksmith services can help address these problems and ensure your multipoint locking mechanism functions optimally.