Have you ever been you’re running late and in a rush, go to lock the door, and your key breaks in the lock? If you have, you know how frustrating it can be, especially when you have been using that specific key in that lock for years, and it has always worked fine before. So you may not be sure why the key broke now and what to do about it. First Lock & Security Technologies delve further into this below.
Why Causes a Key to Snap in a Lock?
You may not realize it, but keys are made of relatively soft materials, so they aren’t as strong as you think. In warm or humid weather, a door can become warped or bent causing the latch to be in a bind. And you may struggle to turn the key in the lock. One of the best ways to avoid a key breaking in a lock is to be careful and not apply too much pressure when unlocking or locking your doors. Other reasons keys break in locks include when the lock is malfunctioning or is poorly lubricated.
How to Get a Broken Key Out of a Lock
If you have trouble grabbing the broken key in the lock, do not try to poke and prod or force removal because you may inadvertently damage the lock itself. If none of the key is sticking out, it’s highly unlikely you will be able to remove it. In either case, it is best to call a reputable locksmith like First Lock & Security Technologies. We have specialized tools and are familiar with all types of locks. Once we extract the broken key without damaging your lock, we can make an accurate key for you to use going forward. We can also troubleshoot and resolve the problem that caused the key to break, this is an important step in ensuring this won’t happen to you again..
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No matter what steps you take to prevent it, at some point, you may end up with a key stuck in your door. The locksmiths at First Lock & Security Technologies has been helping locals with their commercial and residential lockout emergencies, security, and lock issues for more than 40 years. Our technicians have experience in all facets of locksmithing and can help you with any door lock or security issue you are facing. Call us to learn more today!