A door lock not working reliably is a major safety and security risk as it does not provide the protection it should. If a lock does not open when you need it to, this is an immediate threat to your personal safety should you need to exit during an emergency. So why exactly is your door lock not working? First Lock & Security Technologies delves into this further below.
Why is My Door Not Locking or Unlocking?
A door lock not working is quite often a result of a malfunctioning lock mechanism or latch assembly. However there are several common occurrences that can cause a lock to not work as intended. For example the lock may be worn, mis-aligned or have broken parts inside.
Why Would a Deadbolt Stop Working
Deadbolts come in many shapes, styles and security levels, but they are generally the most secure type of lock. The ANSI lock grade of a deadbolt will indicate the lock strength as well as how many times the lock can be cycled (locked, unlocked, and locked again) before the deadbolt may fail in some way Grade 1 is the highest level.
Door Latch Not Working
A door latch not working most commonly refers to the spring-loaded latch of a door knob or handle not retracting or extending. You can press the latch directly to see if it is jammed or springs in and out with and without pressure. A door latch not working could have a simple and easy fix such as lubricating the latch (though this may just be temporary) or a more complicated solution if the internal components such as the spring or actuator are broken.
Sliding Door Lock Won’t Lock or Unlock
A sliding door lock not working can be the result of seasonal weather changes that cause the framing around the track to expand or contract. If however, you have not noticed a change in how the door is sliding, then it could be the sliding door lock not working. Unfortunately, older sliding door locks are often made quite cheaply compared to the durable materials used in newer doors. Often it is the latch bolt’s actuator that malfunctions. Fixing sliding door locks usually requires full or partial replacement of the lock but not the handle.
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A door lock not working is usually either due to the door getting misaligned or something inside the lock breaking. The parts that are going to break first are those made of thinner metal or plastic. Inexpensive locks will have a greater number of vulnerable parts, so investing in more substantial locks can help prevent lock failure. When you need lock repair services, a professional locksmith like First Lock & Security Technologies is likely the best and most knowledgeable option. Because this is our expertise, we have more tools, replacement parts, and experience. Call us for all your lock and key needs!