The last thing you expect to find when you get home from a long day at work or running errands is for your key to refuse to turn when you put it in the lock. Not only is this extremely frustrating, but you also run the risk of damaging the lock as you struggle to turn it or break the key as you are trying to pull it back out. A key can refuse to turn in a lock due to something simple like grabbing the wrong key or debris in the cylinder to a more complex reason such as a damaged cylinder or other mechanical issue. The locks on your doors are made to keep intruders out, your family safe, and your belongings secure.
What to Do First when Your Key Won’t Turn in the Lock?
If your key won’t turn in the lock and you have already established that you have the correct key, debris in the cylinder could be causing the pins to stick in a raised position. Begin by spraying the keyhole with a lubricant before inserting the key to get the oil working. Remove the key and wipe it clean a couple of times before turning the key. If the key still sticks, contact your First Lock & Security Technologies expert for professional assistance.
What if Key Won’t Go All the Way in Lock?
If you have tried to troubleshoot the lock using lubricant and the key still won’t turn, there is a strong possibility that you have an obstruction in the keyhole. Other considerations include a worn out pin chamber or the pins could be corroded. These types of lock problems are best left to a professional locksmith to ensure that no further damage occurs. Attempting to repair the lock yourself without the correct tools could damage the lock beyond repair. Your locksmith may also recommend replacing the cylinder.
What Does it Mean if Key Turns but Door Won’t Open
The most likely cause for this issue is the mechanism within the lock itself. Your expert First Lock & Security Technologies professional will remove the lock and scrutinize it before recommending repair or replacement services.
Why Does My Key Not Work Even Though It’s New?
If you have a brand new key that won’t turn once it is inserted in the lock, chances are the key is not cut to the correct fit of the pins in the internal mechanism. If you need a new set of keys cut, your First Lock & Security Technologies professional locksmith has the necessary skills and training to cut a key that will fit correctly.
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Your First Lock & Security Technologies technician is trained to diagnose all of your lock and key issues. To learn more about professional locksmith services, including rekeying locks, troubleshooting, lock repair, replacement, and new installations, contact the experts at First Lock & Security Technologies today.