It is a relatively common complaint amongst homeowners to have a door handle which does not spring back satisfactorily to a horizontal position after use, but Door Furniture Direct (http://www.doorfurnituredirect.co.uk/?
1. Heavy duty springs - Where door handles aren’t sprung, Door Furniture Direct advises using door latches or locks with heavy duty springs.
2. Loosen fixing screws - Occasionally the mechanism behind the handle can protrude slightly and thus not allowing enough space for movement. Loosening the screws will free up space to see if this is a problem that needs to be fixed.
3. Check spindle length - The spindle through the centre of the door needs to be cut to an appropriate length to suit the door. If too long the spindle can cause a bind or misalignment, if too short it can disengage with the handle and render it ineffective.
4. Check spindle alignment - Loosen the handle and observe the door from the edge to check for misalignment of the spindle and the latch follower.
5. Replace old with new - If the door handle has always sprung back up but now doesn’t, it is likely to be a simple case of wear and tear. Dismantling the door handle assembly and inspecting each part will identify any failed pieces which can be replaced.
6. Spring problems - If the offending item is the spring in one of the handles, it is likely that the handles will need to be replaced as springs are not always straightforward to come by. Replacement can weaken the circlip and lead to further premature breaking.
7. Replace an old door latch - Many people replace door handles but not the original door latches and door locks. Test the latch mechanism by removing the handle and rotating the spindle. New latches can be tested when removed and if they then work properly there may not be adequate clearance in the door.
8. Clear wood shavings - It is a possibility that wood shavings and splinters are interrupting the mechanism. It is advised that only professionals dismantle and inspect lock mechanisms. Doing so for oneself can void the warranty on the item.
9. Combat corrosion - External handles, and especially bathroom handles, can often be subject to corrosion and rust. Spray lubrication can often combat this problem, along with grease to safeguard against further corrosion.
10. New handles might occasionally be stiff until they wear in, and for this reason a small amount of lubricant can provide the handle with the freedom it needs to spring back.