If you own your own residence or manage a commercial property, there is a good chance that you have already experienced door lock issues. If you haven’t, it is almost inevitable that you will at some point in the future. How you deal with door lock problems can ultimately affect the security of your home and the longer you choose to overlook the problems the longer you are leaving your property vulnerable to intruders. According to data research, the holiday season is a lucrative time for burglars to break into homes and business to steal belongings and even destroy property. First Lock & Security Technologies outlines some common lock problems that should never be ignored.
Fix Loose Door Handles, Knobs & Locks
Your door locks are comprised of a number of moving parts that work in sequence to ensure that your locking mechanism functions correctly. If one or more of these components is compromised, your lock will not work properly. Over time some of the mechanisms inside your lock can wear down or become loose simply through general wear and tear of the repetitive locking and unlocking of your door. Many property owners ignore this until they experience a lockout or worse yet become the victim of a break-in. Door lock problems can be found in both the interior and exterior part of the lock and can occur for a number of reasons ranging from the most obvious, being the screws fastening the various components of the lock coming loose, to parts within the lock becoming worn or broken. If these problems are ignored it makes it easy for intruders to breach the lock and gain access to your property. While some of these lock problems appear fairly straightforward to repair, they are best left to your First Lock & Security Technologies locksmith who has the correct tools and experience to repair your locks correctly.
Misaligned Door Lock
A misaligned lock is fairly self-explanatory and as the name suggests, involves one or more of the components of the locking mechanism failing to line up correctly. When your door lock is misaligned it makes it difficult to lock and unlock the door putting pressure on the door lock. Some of the most common examples include a locking bolt that does not line up with the strike plate, a door lock that was not installed correctly, or doors and door frames that have become warped due to fluctuations in weather. If your door lock is misaligned you will not be able to secure your door properly leaving your property susceptible to break-ins.
Broken Key in Door Lock & Jammed Locks
Breaking a key in the lock is not only frustrating; it can also damage the internal mechanisms within the lock. Attempting to remove the broken part of the key yourself is a tricky proposition. To avoid further issues contact your First Lock & Security Technologies expert to remove the broken key, inspect your lock for damage and make a new key to replace the broken one. A jammed door also ranks high on the frustration scale and should not be ignored as a jammed door can jeopardize the security of your property and potentially cause irreparable damage to door hardware. Locks can jam for a number of reasons including debris that has built up on the internal mechanisms within the lock. If not addressed, a buildup of debris within the key lock can result in your key jamming or breaking in the lock.