As the owner of a home or business, you should never take the condition of your locks for granted. When you consider the amount of use that your locks are exposed to daily, it’s a good idea to take a few moments now and again and examine them for signs of wear. Inspecting your locks will prevent them from malfunctioning and stop them from being easily breached in the event of a break-in. If you prefer, you can have your locks professionally examined by your First Lock & Security Technologies expert to ensure that your locks work at optimal performance levels. A comprehensive inspection will also allow your locksmith to recommend and implement any necessary repairs or replacements. The decision to repair or replace your locks depends on their overall condition. Generally, repairs involve repairing the pins and springs within the lock cylinder, while replacement involves removing the old damaged hardware and replacing it with brand new hardware.
Signs Your Locks Need to Be Repaired
As you enter and exit in and out of your residence, take a few minutes to examine your lock and pay attention to how it functions. Some telltale signs that your lock should be inspected and repaired include the following.
It’s hard to turn the key: If you begin to notice that it’s getting harder and harder to turn the key in the lock, you should arrange to get it repaired before the key gets stuck and the lock is rendered entirely useless.
Your key gets stuck regularly: Has your key ever been temporarily stuck in the lock? Even if you can wriggle it out successfully, you should contact your First Lock & Securities Technologies expert to have your lock repaired before the key becomes permanently jammed and you cannot remove it. This not only causes an inconvenience to you personally, but it also leaves your property at risk for a potential break-in.
Frozen components: Over time, general wear and tear can cause some of the locking mechanism parts to become stiff and frozen, even when the key is inserted into the lock.
When Should I Replace My Locks?
Rekeying your existing locks is an economical way to protect your property, your valuables, and the people inside. Still, there are times where it is advisable to replace your locks immediately. Some of these situations include the following.
You have been the victim of a break-in or robbery: If your locks have been breached, contact your First Lock & Security Technologies expert to schedule an appointment for your locks to be upgraded and replaced. You will rest easier at night knowing that brand new locks are protecting your home.
Your locks have been damaged, and repairs are not an option: On occasion, repairing your existing locks may not be possible. Locks can be damaged for several reasons, the most common being during a break-in.
Rusted and weathered locks: If your locks have been exposed to the elements, they may be prone to rust along with other types of damage. Rust inside the locking mechanism could prevent the lock from working correctly and should be replaced as soon as possible.