Antique locks are not only beautiful, they are also functional, and owning one doesn’t mean that your security is being compromised. In fact according to the experts at First Lock & Security Technologies antique locks can be just as secure as their more modern counterparts as long as they are properly maintained. Keep reading to learn more about antique locks and how to troubleshoot and keep them in proper working order.
Antique Lock Troubleshooting
Antique locks come with their own set of challenges which can vary depending on the type of device. Antique locks are called antique for a reason, they were made a long time ago and many of the components were made by hand and certainly not to any type of industry standard. Learning to troubleshoot and care for your antique lock can illuminate many of the minor issues you may be experiencing and stop them from turning into critical ones.
Rusty Antique Locks
Old metal is prone to rust and the inside of your antique lock may be suffering from oxidation which can cause the internal components of your lock to seize up making it hard to turn the key. Common signs of rust include a yellow/brown residue that resembles sand. If you are in the mood for a challenge, you can take the antique lock apart and soak it in vinegar before you polish everything and put it back together. That being said we recommend contacting your First Lock & Security Technologies expert for a professional evaluation, cleaning and repair.
Broken Antique Lock
Whether you are experiencing a small crack or a large break, you will need to consult a professional to ensure that no further damage occurs to your antique lock. While some breaks can be easily repaired, others may require a partial or full replacement depending on the damage. Antique door knob repairs often only require a new spindle to get them back working as good as new.
Problems Inside an Antique Lock
Antique locking mechanisms may lack a lot of moving parts and be simplistic in design but a lot can be said for the strength of the inside of the lock. One of the most common internal issues is a foreign object stuck inside the lock which prevents the key from entering. Antique locks are beautiful and stunning examples of times gone by and many of these examples are quiet rare. Repairs should only be completed by your First Lock & Security Technologies professional locksmith.
Antique Skeleton, Barrel or Other Key Replacement
Finding replacement keys for your antique lock is next to impossible; in fact antique locks are often unique and will require the skills of a locksmith to fabricate a new key to fit the lock. Replacing antique keys may not be a traditional repair, but it’s important to remember that your antique lock is rendered useless if you don’t have a key to make your lock work.