This article discusses common lock problems, such as frozen and loose locks, and how the reader might overcome them. As well as providing practical solutions, it discusses preventive measures the reader can take to stop the problems from recurring.
To paraphrase Jane Austin: A property containing valuable possessions always needs a lock. Locks are unsung heroes, reliably keeping our homes and belongings safe and secure without fanfare.
But these trusty protectors don’t always work perfectly. A broken lock often results in us desperately trying to make it work before searching online for a locksmith, probably muttering words not for children’s ears. Let’s take a look through the keyhole (pun intended) of what can go wrong and what you can do about it.
A loose lock is one of the most common problems and one of the easiest to fix. The barrel wobbles and feels unstable — which doesn’t inspire confidence in its security capabilities. Over time, the screws holding it in place loosen due to everyday wear and tear. To remedy this, follow these three steps:
Imagine you’re standing in the rain trying to get into somewhere dry, only to find your lock sticking and resisting your increasingly desperate efforts. Sticky locks are a common annoyance, often caused by a buildup of dirt, rust or debris in the lock cylinder. Fortunately, there’s something you can do about it:
Winter’s icy grip can freeze your lock as solid as the faces on Mount Rushmore. Frozen locks are usually caused by moisture that's found its way into the mechanism and turned to ice. While this is a pain, it’s an easy fix — and here’s how:
We’ve all faced this one — you insert your key, but it refuses to turn. This problem can stem from various causes, including a misaligned door, a poorly cut key or simply wear and tear. Here's how to tackle it.
Sometimes, the lock problem isn't the mechanism; it's getting the key inside. The issue is usually the key itself or the lock's internal components. If this happens to you, here’s what to do.