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How to solve Lock problems on your Own

The essence of locks is to keep you and the members of your household safe. When your lock malfunctions, it must be dealt with straight away. There are some locks that require a locksmith’s hand as the damages may be severe, but there are others that you can solve on your own. Below are common lock problems and what you can do to solve them.

  1. Broken key in a lock

This is a sudden lock problem that is frustrating to deal with. When this happens, don’t use the broken piece of the key to lock or unlock the door further. If you do this, the broken key part might go further in and making it difficult to remove. Instead, try to remove the broken key if possible with pliers. Don’t force it or you could make the situation worse. If it fails, contact a locksmith. They have the necessary tools and experience to deal with this situation.

  1. Locks that are difficult to open

Do you notice that your old locks are stiffer when you try to open them? Dirt and dust can sometimes find their way inside the lock and build up over time. It will then clog up the locking mechanism making it difficult to turn. What you can do is

Dirt and dust can sometimes find their way into a lock and build up over time. This can clog up the locking mechanism making it difficult to turn. You should lubricate the lock with graphite spay or silicone lubricant, then replace the key and turn it a few times. Never use oil-based lubricants because, although they can help at first, they also lead to clogging issues later.

  1. Inserting the key is difficult

Firstly, make sure you’re using the proper key in the lock. The problem isn’t triggered by a badly cut key, so you can rule that out. Badly cut keys can often cause issues in locks, which is why it’s important to get new keys cut by a reputable locksmith. If you have a spare key for the lock, use it to determine whether the issue is with the key or the lock. If the lock is damaged, a locksmith may have to examine it

  1. Key doesn’t turn in the lock

A number of factors can contribute to this issue. First and foremost, you should never try to force the key into the lock, as this may cause the key to breaking. As previously mentioned, you can lubricate the lock with graphite spray or silicone-based lubricant. If this doesn’t work, there could be a misalignment of the lock and door or a problem with the lock cylinder. Unfortunately, both of these issues will almost always require the services of a locksmith to identify and fix.

When in these types of situations, the safest thing to do is to contact a professional locksmith. If you’re in Northern Ireland, don’t hesitate to call us. Our locksmiths are well-trained and well-equipped to solve any problems that you may be in. Situations like these call for professional care.

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