Locking mechanisms are an ever-present part of our lives, yet we rarely consider how integral they are until something goes wrong. Everyone knows how to open and close a lock but when a problem arises, it can cause a lot of inconvenience and stress for all of us. Let’s take a look at some popular locks issues and the best way to solve them.
Struggling with with a door lock, a storage unit padlock, or a safe box lock may sometimes be met with an uncomfortable snap as the key breaks off inside the locking mechanism. This is often due to mishandling or over zealousness when using the key too quickly or forcefully. If this occurs, it’s important to take your time and allow the key and lock to do their job properly. Afterward, contact a locksmith to remove any remaining pieces of the broken key from the lock and assemble it back together, they will also likely need to cut you a new one.
Slow or Seized Locks
Sometimes, dirt or grime can accumulate in the pins of a lock which leads to it operating slowly or feeling as if it’s sticking. In such cases, oiling up the lock should be avoided as this has only been proven to further block its operation. Instead, using graphite spray or silicone lubricant can help keep things running smoothly, however if you feel like you’re out of your depth then don’t hesitate in calling a professional locksmith!
Bolt and Door Latch
It’s all too common for doors not to latch correctly because of misalignment between them and the strike plate on the door jamb – though this is generally easy enough to fix by realigning them appropriately. But if more serious troubles arise such as an immovable deadbolt then it may be better left in the hands of a specialist who can diagnose whether repair is feasible or otherwise suggest replacement of the entire mechanism instead.