Should I Try To Fix My Broken Lock Or Replace It?
This depends on a number of factors. Our locksmith will not be able to give you advice until they have inspected your lock. In many cases, locks that have been broken usually need to be repaired. However, sometimes they can be replaced.
However, we have fixed plenty of broken locks. In the event the lock cannot be repaired, then the locksmith will give you advice and tell you what your options are. If you need help choosing a replacement lock, then they can advise you on which type you should get. If you have any questions about your lock, our locksmith technician will be more than happy to answer them.
How Do You Know If Your Lock Needs To Be Repaired?
When you believe your lock is no longer doing a good job or functioning right, then you should consider having it repaired. The good news is it is usually very easy to tell when your lock needs to be fixed because you use most locks on a daily basis. If there is even a slight issue with one of your locks, the chances are you’ll take notice.
Sometimes locks are exposed to a tremendous amount of external pressure, which is one of the reasons why they can become damaged. Other times, locks just have become old and as time goes on they become more fragile. Older locks will often become rusty or they just don’t work as fast as they once did. If you notice any changes in how your lock functions, then it’s time to have it looked at and/or repaired by a professional.
Sometimes the strike plate needs to be adjusted, which is a very easy fix. Other times, the issue can be complex and involves replacing the lock’s interior components. It doesn’t matter how minor or major the issue is, our professional locksmiths have the experience to handle any problems. If they can’t repair your lock, then they can aid you in replacing your lock, if you choose to do so.
Common Lock Issues
Key broken in lock
Lock broken during break in
Key won’t turn
Lost house keys
Lost car keys
Car key duplication
Keypad lock not working
Lock is jammed
The key turns but doesn’t lock
Deadbolt is stuck
Door knob is loose
Door lock is frozen
Door lock loose
Safe lock not working
Door not locking
Difficult to turn lock
Stolen car keys
Stolen house keys
Smart lock repair
Emergency car lockout
What Happens If Your Key Doesn't Turn In The Lock?
If this is happening to you, then it’s time to have your lock repaired. However, you should lubricate the key-way and see if this fixes the problem before you give us a call. If lubricating the key-way doesn’t work, then the lock is not working properly and there is an issue with it that needs to be addressed.
The good news is just because a key isn’t turning inside the lock, doesn’t mean it automatically has to be repaired or replaced. Contact us and we can inspect your lock. If it needs to be repaired, then we can do make the necessary repairs or replace the lock altogether.
Same Day Lock Repair Services
It doesn’t matter what type of lock you have, sooner or later it will need maintenance performed on it. It will also need to be repaired at some point. There is no lock on the market that lasts for a lifetime.As soon as you suspect there’s an issue with your lock, you’ll want to contact a professional. The sooner you call us and let us know about your problem, the better because it means there’s a higher chance of being able to repair the lock instead of replacing it. A lot of times it is something minor that causes problems with locks, but those small problems can become major issues when homeowners don’t have issues taken care of right away.
Further damage can often be prevented, but only if you call a locksmith as soon as possible. For example, if your key breaks and gets stuck in the lock, then you should have a locksmith look at it soon. We can get to the bottom of the problem to find out what caused your key to break, and if there is a problem we will fix it. If there’s no need to do anything, then we’ll let you know.
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Lock Repair FAQs
If you ignore a lock that needs repaired, then the security of your home can become compromised, which is why it’s important to have your lock fixed as soon as possible. Our team of professionals can try to remove your key from your lock. We’ll inspect the lock for any damage. We want to make sure the lock’s internal components are not damaged.
Our locksmith will decide which method to use in order to remove the broken key from the lock. Repairing the lock and removing the key is a lot easier if there is part of the key that’s hanging out from the lock. The locksmith might be able to pull the key straight out, after they have lubricated the lock.
The truth is that in many cases, there is nothing to grip onto. This is because the key is completely broken off inside the lock. If this is the case with your key, then an extractor tool will need to be used.
The extractor tool will be able to grip part of the key inside of the lock. It will then pull the key out, but in a gentle manner. Lube will still be used at the start of the extraction process. This is because it will make removing the key easier.
Removing broken keys from locks can be challenging. Thankfully, key extractor tools make it less challenging. However, it is still important to hire a highly-skilled locksmith that is familiar with using key extractor tools.
If your deadbolt is malfunctioning, then you might need to have it repaired. There are several reasons why this can happen, with one being that the internal parts are not properly aligned. Another reason why the deadbolt is stuck is because there’s an issue with the strike plate. If the deadbolt can’t fit properly into the plate, then it can become stuck. Your best bet is to contact a skilled locksmith who can get the root cause of the problem.
Our team of locksmiths can perform a thorough inspection of your deadbolt. We’ll figure out what’s causing it to not work properly. If the strike plate needs to be aligned properly, then it will be removed, realigned and then installed again.
The above technique is one of the easier techniques for locksmiths to use when repairing a deadbolt. Bear in mind that this technique is only used when there is an issue with the deadbolt, and nothing else. If there is another issue at play, the locksmith might remove the deadbolt and file it down. This may result in the deadbolt being able to sit properly within the strike plate.
Is your lock cylinder turning when you’re trying to unlock your door? If so, then your lock probably needs to be inspected and repaired by a professional locksmith. There are screws that help keep the lock’s cylinder in place, but those screws can become damaged or become loose. When that happens, then the lock cylinder will malfunction, which includes the cylinder turning when you try to unlock your door.
Some solutions are very simply, and it is sometimes the case of tightening the screws. Even if that’s the issue you’re dealing with, it’s a still a good idea to let a professional locksmith perform the repair for you. The last thing you want is to damage the lock even more.
Locks are made up of tiny pieces that work together to ensure the doors they are attached to are able to open/close properly, as well as keep them secure and safe. There are lots of different reasons why your door locks are not moving as fast as they should, and a locksmith can get to the bottom of the issue. Extremely cold weather can cause the locks to become frozen, and as a result they won’t move fast. Another reason could be that dirt has accumulated or that the components have broke or become worn out.
A locksmith should be called in if your lock isn’t frozen. This is because the internal parts will need to be thoroughly cleaned and lubed. If this doesn’t solve the problem and the door lock continues to move slowly, then it could be down to wear and tear. If this is the case, then your door lock can’t be repaired and it will need to be replaced.
One of the most common issues with exterior doors is that the latch becomes misaligned. There are a lot of things that can cause a latch to not align properly, and weather stripping is one of them. The good news is that weather stripping isn’t that serious, and a good locksmith will be able to fix this within a very short period of time.
If you hire us to do the job, then our professional locksmith will examine the stripping. If need be, we will move the strip back from the frame of the door. Doing this will save you money, and it will also save our locksmith time.
There are plenty of solutions out there, but a lot of the times DIY solutions can cause more damage. In the long-run, you’ll only end up spending even more money to fix the problem that would have been cheaper to fix if you hired a professional in the first place. If you experience this issue with your locks, then give us a call. We’ll be more than happy to repair the problem as fast as possible.
It’s easy to troubleshoot your lock. Before you contact a locksmith, it’s a good idea to do a bit of troubleshooting. Your lock might not need any repairs done to it, and a good way to figure this out is to troubleshoot your lock. In the event your lock doesn’t need to be fixed, you’ll end up saving money.
A good example of this is that your deadbolt isn’t sitting properly, therefore not being aligned with the strike plate. If you troubleshoot your lock, you probably will notice this. Sometimes it’s very easy to spot what the problem with your lock is.
When it comes to troubleshooting, the only thing you’re doing is seeing what could be the problem. If there is something wrong with your lock, then you might be able to solve it on your own. Plus, you’ll be able to tell the locksmith what you discovered while you were troubleshooting your lock. This will help the locksmith get to the cause of the problem even quicker.
In some cases, you will just have to take a quick look at the door to figure out what the problem might be. For example, if your door can’t stay shut, then the strike plate might be malfunctioning. If you insert your key into the lock, only for the cylinder of the lock to turn too, then the chances are the screws are loose or they are broken.
Simply pay attention to your doors and take mental notes of any malfunctions your door is experiencing. For example, if your lock is broken, then there may be a serious issue at play. The bottom line is if you come across any issue at all with your lock, you should contact us right away. We have a lot of experience repairing and replacing all sorts of locks, and we are confident we can help you.