Most homeowners do not think about the condition of their locks, but understanding how lock hardware functions will help you keep your locks in good working order. Every homeowner should know the signs of a failing lock as your locks are vital in keeping your home safe and secure. First Lock & Security Technologies outlines the tell-tale signs locks need repair or replacing, sooner rather than later!
Broken Key in Lock
If your key has broken off in your lock, there is a good chance that your lock was beginning to fail. One of the most common causes of broken keys is when the door has shifted and the latch or bolt is binding in the frame. The pressure from trying to turn the key to open the lock causes the key to snap. Getting a broken key out of a lock is no easy task and while the key is stuck in the lock, you are left vulnerable to say the least. Our locksmiths at First Lock & Security Technologies are professionals equipped with all the tools to remove broken keys from locks as well as resolve any initial lock problems.
Fix a Lock that is Not Turning Smoothly or Easily
If you struggle to lock and/or unlock your door, you may need a locksmith! Keys are designed to turn smoothly with minor effort and little resistance on the part of the locking mechanism. Depending on the root cause of this issue, First Lock & Security Technologies may be able to repair the lock but sometimes it is necessary to have us replace it with a brand new lock.
Locks Should Be Upgraded After a Burglary or Break-In
Even if you see no signs of visible damage, there is a high likelihood that locks have been compromised after a break-in or attempted break-in. At the very least, upgrading to higher security locks will give you the peace of mind that your loved ones are safe from harm and your personal property safe from vandalism and theft.
Fortify a Door Lock to Make it More Secure
Does your door lock not feel as secure as it used to? Perhaps you feel some play in the lock, or it feels as though you could easily unlock it without a key. If so, it is likely that the lock is no longer secured as intended and is no longer able to keep your family safe and secure. To keep home intruders and burglars out, functioning locks are necessary. Unfortunately, a determined criminal will quickly get passed a lock that is not in proper working order.
Moved into a New Place or it has Been a Long Time since Locks were Replaced
If you have moved into a new place, you likely do not know who is in possession of a copy of your house keys or when the locks were last replaced. Even if you have lived in the home for some time, if you do not recall when the locks were last changed or it has been years, it may just be time for an upgrade, especially if your locks are starting to show wear and tear.
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Locks are a fundamental part of your home security and it is a smart idea to inspect them for any signs of failure, such as sticking doors or clicking noises when locking and unlocking the door. When it is time to rekey or change out your locks entirely, call First Locks & Security Technologies or come by our shop in Los Altos, CA. We can handle all your lock and key needs!