3 Common Lock Problems A Locksmith Can Fix

Door lock problems can be frustrating, inconvenient, and can reduce security in your home or office. As such, you should have a locksmith services provider in your emergency contacts to help you fix the problems as soon as they happen.

A locksmith has the tools and expertise to fix different lock problems. They can also give you tips on maintaining your locks better and avoiding further problems.

Here are some of the problems a professional locksmith can help you fix.

1. Lock Won't Close or Open Properly

If you've ever struggled with a stuck lock when rushing to an appointment, you know how inconvenient it can be. Usually, when your keys get stuck in the lock or the lock won't budge when you turn the key, it's a sign that the lock is faulty.

This problem could result from dirt and dust buildup in your locks.  You can easily fix it with graphite spray or a silicone lubricant. However, you should call a locksmith if lubrication doesn't work.

The problem could also be because of a misalignment between the lock and door or a broken lock cylinder. A locksmith will either repair the lock or recommend that you replace it with a new unit depending on the extent of the damage.

2. Misaligned Door Latches

If you have a wooden door, it will warp and bow over time as a sign of wear and tear. These processes cause the door to fall out of shape and misalign from the latches. One tell-tale sign of misaligned door latches is if you can't turn your key in the lock because of friction.

Call a locksmith to help you fix this problem as soon as possible; so you don't damage the inner lock mechanisms as you force the key to turn. The expert will realign your door or ask you to buy a new lock to replace the old one.

3. Broken Key Inside the Lock

Is there anything more frustrating than breaking a key inside your lock? 

As much as you'd want to get over this hiccup fast, don't try to force the broken key further into the lock. Chances are that you'll make the situation worse.

If you can still see the key tail, try to pull it out with pliers. Clip the tail and pull out the key gently to avoid further damage. If this trick doesn't work, it's time to call a locksmith.

An experienced locksmith will have the tools to remove the broken key and avert further damage to your lock. The expert will also assess it to establish why the key broke in the first place. You can even ask the expert to clone an extra key for the lock once they fix the locks. 

For more information, contact a local locksmith.

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