The key to good linen or trash chute operation is good maintenance and sometimes replacement of any moving parts. One of the most common parts that can break and will need to be replaced is the chute handle. In the case of our popular T Handle, the chute handle gets the most work and often takes the most abuse. Since the v-spindle portion of the handle mechanism may still be good, you may not need to replace the whole component, but rather you would simply need to purchase a replacement handle. Here is how to tell which components you may need to replace based on inspection of the handle and spindle component.
First, you inspect the chute handle, make sure the key works properly, and that is turns the lock easily. You then inspect the handle itself for any dents or cracks and turn the handle to make sure it rotates the v-spindle from side to side properly. If the handle does not pass visual inspection, lock and unlock easily, or does not turn properly, you will definitely need a replacement handle. If the v-spindle looks in good condition and is free of any warping or severe chipping, you can purchase the T-Handle without the spindle, and save some money by using the spindle that currently on the handle that you have. Since the components can be purchased as a whole or separately, you can easily get a keyed replacement handle and replace it using simply a screwdriver in 15-30 minutes of time. Make sure to follow any directions your replacement handle may come with to prevent voiding any associated warranty, as well as ensuring good working order of your linen or trash chute.
Below is the option to purchase the T-handle with or without the V spindle:
T Handle WITHOUT Spindle
This is the most popular T-handle we sell and is suitable for both a Bottom Hinged and Side Hinged chute intake door. The T handle does NOT come with a spindle and is fitted with a “key alike” cylinder and 2 keys.
T Handle WITH Spindle
This is the most popular T-handle we sell and is suitable for both a Bottom Hinged and Side Hinged chute intake door. The T handle has the popular v spindle and is fitted with a “key alike” cylinder and 2 keys.