How To Fix Drooping Door Handles
Drooping door handles are a common problem and there are a number of reasons why a door handle might be sagging.
- Incorrect door latch
- Mortice Bar/Spindle issues
- Overtight Fixings
- Dirt/Debris in mechanism
- Worn Springs
Drooping Door Handle Checklist
1. Incorrect Door Latch
The most common reason for drooping door handles is having an incorrect latch type. If you are fitting new handles, first check that your door handles and latches are compatible. New lever handles are more likely to be sprung and only require a standard tubular latch. Unsprung handles need to be fitted with a double sprung, heavy duty latch. Unsprung door handles fitted with standard latches will result in handles not returning back to the horizontal after use.
Another common issue with new handles is the spring can sometimes be a little stiff. This can result in the handle being difficult to operate or not returning back to the horizontal. A light application of lubricant onto the mechanism will resolve this issue.
2. Mortice Bar/Spindle Issues
3. Overtight Fixings
4. Dirt/Debris in Mechanisms
5. Worn Spring in Door Handle
We hope you found this helpful. Join us next time where we will be discussing whether to choose door knobs or door handles for your doors.
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Judith Irvine on Feb 21, 2022
Hello, I have lived in my house for 36 years and following painting the hallways decided to clean my 1930’s original brass and copper handles. Upon gently screwing back the shiny handles I have noticed some of them are drooping and have lost their spring. Your webpage is helpful but I can’t work out how to take the plate over the spring off this old mechanism. I can supply photos if needed. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you. Judith