Change or Rekey Locks

The time may be right for you to change your locks, whether you’ve just moved in or have lived in the same house for some time. Rekeying, on the other hand, is a better option? One of these is usually covered by a standard home warranty plan in most cases.

Every homeowner, renter, or business needs to rekey their locks at some point in time. There’s often confusion about who has the existing keys when new tenants move in. Other possibilities include an old, worn-out lock with a squeaky key that makes it difficult to lock/unlock your doorknob or deadbolt. However, addressing any lock concerns in advance will always end up saving you money, as well as expensive repairs down the road if any of your locks or keys stop working for any reason whatsoever.

Are you familiar with the process of changing the key in a lock? As a new homeowner, this knowledge can be invaluable. According to conventional wisdom, the first thing you should do when moving into a new home is changing the locks. Someone might have a key to your new front door, and you don’t know who. Change or rekey your locks if you’ve lived in the same house for a long time or recently had a roommate move out as well.

What is Rekeying a Lock?

The phrase “rekeying a lock” has become a catchphrase that has lost its original meaning over time. For some of our customers, this entails creating a new key for their home because their old one has been misplaced and they don’t have a spare. To others, it means duplicating an existing key to maintain as a backup. Others insist that it entails removing all of their locks and replacing them with new hardware.

However, the proper locksmith definition of rekeying a lock entails disassembling the entire mechanism, as shown in the diagram, and removing all of the present pin or wafer tumblers that allow the current key to spin in the lock. The locksmith will then place a new pin or wafer tumbler combination into the lock, which prevents the prior key from working the device but allows a different key to turn in the lock. The hardware is then reinstalled, and the doorknob or deadbolt is now rekeyed.

When Should You Change Your Lock?

When you change a lock, the old locking door hardware is removed and replaced with new hardware by you or a locksmith. You’ll have brand new locks and keys, but changing your locks can be costly and not always necessary.

Because changing your locks is more expensive than having them rekeyed, you should only do so if you want or need new ones. If your locks are old and worn out, changing them rather than rekeying them is a better option. The same is true if you want to replace your locks with electronic locks that are more modern, secure, and up to date. If the locks on all of your doors are different brands and you want to be able to open them all with the same key, you may need to replace them. If you lose the key to a lock, replacing it instead of rekeying it may be less expensive, though a locksmith may be able to rekey it without the key. If the locks on all of your doors are different brands and you want to be able to access them all with the same key, you may need to replace them. If you lose the key to a lock, replacing it instead of rekeying it may be less expensive. However, a locksmith may be able to rekey it without the key.

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When Should You Rekey Your Locks?

When you rekey your locks, you’re changing the lock’s mechanism so that the previous key no longer works. A new key will be required instead. In many cases, rekeying your locks is a better option than replacing them. If all of your locks are the same brand or have the same keyhole style but use separate keys, you can have them rekeyed to use the same key.

If you’ve misplaced a copy of your old key and are worried that someone will locate it and gain access to your home, you can rekey your locks to make the previous key useless. If you’ve recently moved into a new home, rekeying your locks can be a cost-effective solution to ensure that only you and your family have keys to your new home. You never know who got keys to your house from the previous owner, or how many copies of those keys were produced.

When the locksmith examines your home’s hardware, they’ll look for the following indications in any of your locks.

  • Excessive wear on the lock plug
  • Deterioration of the housing
  • The oval shape of the plugs lock pinholes has replaced the circular shape.
  • The top spring of the pin tumbler has dropped and twisted around the plug.
  • When your key turns in the lock, metal burrs have formed, giving the safety a grinding sensation.
  • The pin is starting to split in half as the keyhole has widened.
  • Rust build-up causes deterioration and corrosion.
  • Insects have formed nests within the device, rendering it unusable.

Is it still a good idea to lubricate your house locks?

When you don’t lubricate your lock once a month as it becomes older, the internal wear that we stated earlier accelerates the aging process. Keep your house locks lubricated to avoid premature breakdowns and to extend the life of your doorknobs and deadbolts. Stop by your local locksmith shop to learn more about proper lock maintenance and how to maintain your locks in good working order for many years.

We know that emergencies are challenging and many times unexpected, Anytime you call you will be talking to a professional locksmith not a call centre.