11 August 2017

4 Tips to Fixing a Lock at Home

A faulty door lock can be extremely frustrating and provide for a stressful situation. You wouldn’t know by looking at them, but locks are highly involved mechanisms that actually have several parts that make them work. Due to the intricacies of a lock, it is plausible to acknowledge that sometimes, things can go wrong. Whether you are interested in finding out why your key won’t turn in the door, or why your lock isn’t latching properly, this article will provide some tips to help you fix your lock.


Problem #1 - Door Lock Is Slow to Open
Over time you may notice that your door is locking slower than normal. After a while, the lock experiences wear-and-tear from the change in weather elements to dirty and other debris getting trapped inside the lock. To remedy these problems, consider purchasing some graphite to squeeze into the lock to lubricate it. If your lock appears frozen due to cold temperatures, you should try a de-icer to help loosen the lock.

Problem #2 - The Lock Cylinder Will Only Partially Turn
This could mean that your lock is broken. You will need to take the cylinder out and look at it and see if you can find a small jam in the lock. If you are unable to find anything by peering into the lock, you may want to take the cylinder to a locksmith to diagnose the problem.

Problem #3 - Lock Won't Latch 
If your lock isn’t latching, this likely means that there is a malfunction inside the lock mechanism which is why the latch is not occurring. Be sure to check to make sure the door is in alignment, and that the door knob and lock are intact, and the screws are screwed in tight.

Problem #4 - Key Has Broken off and Remains in the Lock
If a key has a hard time opening the lock, it is only natural to want to keep turning the key with force to try to make it move. However, by doing this, you could bend your key or worse, break it off in the lock. If you find yourself in such a dilemma there are a couple of things that you can try on your own before having to call a professional for help. Get out a pair of pliers and try to grip the key. If you are able to do so, pull the key out. If the break is so that the key is too short to grip, try inserting a tiny saw blade into the keyhole to try to release the jammed key. If this does not work, you will need to remove the lock cylinder completely and try to work the key out that way.

There are many ways to fix a lock but sometimes the problem is just not feasible to fix at home. If you have tried all of these remedies and nothing is working for you, it is a good idea to call a professional in your area, like those at Toronto locksmiths to come out and give you a hand.

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