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In this article, I’ll explain what it means to “rekey” a lock and, more importantly, when you should rekey your locks rather than change them. What is the significance of this, you may wonder? Because it can save you a significant amount of money each year. Some locksmiths take advantage of the fact that people are unaware of the differences and, rather than explaining the different options to the customer, choose a more expensive version for them.
While “changing a lock” is self-explanatory, clearly referring to replacing an old lock with a new one, “rekeying” requires a little more explanation. Rekeying a lock means changing the lock’s working key to a different key without replacing the lock itself. In other words, you maintain the same lock, but the old key no longer works.
This is accomplished by disassembling the lock and replacing some of the internal components (known as “tumblers” or “key pins”).
The process of rekeying the tumbler of an existing lock to accept a new key is relatively simple. First, we replace a few of the lock pins in the cylinder, which will cause the tumbler to change. Following that, we trimmed new keys to open your rekeyed lock. The old keys will no longer work once the lock has been rekeyed.
Rekeying a lock has no effect on the lock’s security, nor does it improve it. The number of pins inside a lock is one of the factors that contribute to its security. The lock will remain as secure as before as long as the locksmith replaces the old 5 pins with 5 new ones.
If you want to improve the security of your locks, replacing them with newer, higher-security models are the way to go.
Because key pins in locks are so inexpensive, rekeying is often less expensive than having your locks changed. When you rekey your locks, you are only charged for labor. Whereas when you have your locks changed, you are charged for both labor and parts.
One thing to remember is that all locks have the ability to be rekeyed built-in, so you shouldn’t have to wonder as to if your locks are rekeying able or not. However, the procedure for rekeying different locks may not be the same and frequently necessitates the use of other tools.
It would be a foolish decision to believe that the previous owners, tenants, and landlords had also turned in all copies of the locks and will not abuse access to your residence. Rekeying your locks ensures that your home is secure and that you are the only person who has access to the keys.
When someone tries to move out of your house, you should rekey the locks. If you have a roommate who is leaving, you have no idea how so many keys he or she made or who has some of these keys. It is critical that your locks be rekeyed so that they no longer be available to your residence and possessions.
If anybody misplaces or steals a key. Having an unexplained key to one’s home means fewer peace of mind. Rekeying is a less expensive and equally secure alternative to changing locks.
Having a falling out with someone who had a duplicate of your key. Friendships and other relationships, unfortunately, end. If you gave a backup key to someone you no longer have a trusting relationship. We recommend that you rekey all of your locks and have new keys cut.
There are many reasons for commercial lock rekeying. A change in staff, getting a new location, getting new locks, and many more! No matter the reason, the experts at Top Locksmith can rekey your locks at any commercial location.
Just call us, and we’ll get your commercial lock rekeying situation sorted out!
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