Common Problems With Locks

problems with locks


If you want your property to be as secure as it can be then it is important that all your locks remain in good working order. If you find there is a problem with one of your locks then you should have it looked at and resolved as soon as possible, this could involve simply repairing the lock or having it replaced completely. Some problems with locks may just require a simple fix that you yourself could do, however a lot of lock problems will require the skills and expertise of a professional locksmith to resolve.

Lock Problems
Broken Key in Lock – for most this is a very stressful situation to be in, particularly if you are locked out of your property as well. Broken keys in locks often happen without any warning signs so if it does happen to you the first thing you need to remember is not to try and lock or unlock the door with the broken key, not only would this push the key further into the lock making it more difficult to extract, you also run the risk of causing further problems and damage to the lock. If you can see enough of the broken key sticking out of the lock then you can attempt to grab it with needle nose pliers and pull it out, however, if you struggle with this or the key is too far in the lock then you should contact your local locksmith to come and extract the key for you as they have the skills and expertise needed to extract the key without causing any damage to the existing lock.

Difficult to Open or Stiff Lock – A build-up of dust and dirt is often the culprit for this lock problem. It can simply be resolved by using a silicone based lubricant or graphite spray on the lock then turn the key a few times until it frees up. When your lubricating a lock you should never use oil based products like WD-40 as this will only make the problem worse, it may offer a quick fix but you will be left with issues of clogging of the lock a few weeks down the line.

Difficult To Unlock/Lock UPVC Door – If you can easily lock/ unlock your door when it is in the open position but have trouble when it is closed then it is likely an alignment issue. This is very common with uPVC doors, they are designed to be adjustable so they are known to slip out of alignment from time to time. This can be a quite difficult fix if you don’t know what you’re doing, but your local locksmith would have no trouble getting it back in good working order. If it turns out that it is not an alignment issues then the other likely cause is a faulty locking mechanism, this is an issue that you would have to get your local locksmith to resolve as it will require new parts and it can be quite a complex job.

Key Wont Insert Into Lock – This may seem obvious however it happens all too often, the first thing you need to do is check you are using the correct key! If it is definitely the correct key then the next thing you need to rule out is a badly cut key if your keys are new, you can do this by trying older keys in the door and if they work fine then the problem is with your key not the lock, however if older keys are also not working in the lock then you know that you have a problem with your lock. You will need to call out your local locksmith to come and diagnose the problems and carry out the necessary repairs.

Key Not Turning In Lock – There are multiple reasons why a key wouldn’t turn in the lock, one thing you should never do in this situation is try and force the key, not only could this damage the lock further but you could also break the key off in the lock leaving you with yet another problem to resolve. You can try lubricating the lock, in the same way mentioned under the heading ‘Difficult to open/Stiff Lock’ however if this doesn’t work then it is probable a problem with the lock cylinder, you will need your local locksmith to come out and diagnose and fix the problem.

If you’re having problems with your locks then contact Saunders Locksmiths today – 023 9236 6230