Our homes and businesses must be protected with properly working locks. The majority of the time, a lock issue requires immediate attention. While some lock issues are significant and require the expertise of a locksmith with the necessary training, others can be resolved by using the straightforward advice provided here. Here are 5 typical lock issues and what to do in each case.
If your key won’t turn in the lock or is stuck in the lock, the first thing to try is some lubrication. Spray a small amount of graphite lubricant into the lock, insert the key and try to turn it. If this doesn’t work, you may need to call a locksmith.
If your lock is frozen, you can use a de-icing spray to melt the ice. Another option is to heat the key with a lighter or match and then insert it into the lock. Once the lock is open, apply some lubrication to prevent it from freezing again.
Loose doorknob or lock:
Over time, the screws that hold the doorknob or lock in place can become loose. To fix this, simply tighten the screws with a screwdriver. If the screws won’t tighten, you may need to replace them with longer ones.
If your key breaks off in the lock, you can try using pliers or tweezers to pull it out. If that doesn’t work, you may need to call a locksmith to remove the broken key and make a new one.
If your lock is misaligned, it may be difficult to turn the key or the lock may not work at all. To fix this, you’ll need to adjust the strike plate or the alignment of the lock itself. You may need to remove the lock to do this, so it’s a good idea to call a locksmith if you’re not comfortable with this type of repair.