The locks on your exterior doors and windows act as an essential and fundamental security feature to protect your home from intruders. Your door locks are simple in design and extremely reliable. Still, your locks will not last indefinitely, so if you are experiencing issues with your locks, it’s essential for the protection of your loved ones and the security of your property to get these issues resolved as quickly as possible.
Door Lock Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore
Your lock set is comprised of several moving parts that work together beneath the surface to operate your lock. Each of these components must function correctly for your locking mechanism to lock and unlock accurately and effectively. If one of the locking components is worn or no longer lines up correctly, it can damage the lock and even cause it to fail. The majority of locking issues experienced by homeowners are typically minor and can be repaired quickly by your certified First Lock & Security Technologies expert.
Misaligned Door Lock
When your door lock becomes loose, it may also cause it to become misaligned. When this happens, the lock may become difficult to open and close, and in some instances, it may not lock at all. This issue is mostly caused because the latch no longer lines up with the strike plate. The most common causes of this is the settling of the building due to changing soil conditions and slight warping of the door due to fluctuations in temperature and weather. One possible solution is to have the strike plate adjusted to ensure correct alignment or in other cases the hinges may need to be adjusted.
Key Breaks Off in a Lock?
If you are unfortunate enough to experience your key breaking off in your lock, resist the impulse to try and fix it yourself. Fiddling with a broken lock can cause further damage and make the key more difficult to remove, especially if you inadvertently force it deeper into the lock itself. Experience and the correct tools are needed to remove the key professionally. Your First Lock & Security Technologies expert will begin by removing the key and examining your lock for damage. A key broken off in the lock is usually a symptom of a problem so the problem must also be resolved.
Why Does My Key Spin in the Lock?
If you attempt to unlock your door and the key turns, but the door does not open, there is a good chance that you have a brocken cylinder driver. Once the door is opened this can often be a straightforward repair.
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