Over time, the cylindrical tumblers of door locks will wear out and cause trouble when locking or unlocking doors. There are a few signs to watch out for to let you know the lock on your residential, commercial, or vehicle door is failing. Able Security Locksmiths in Kenvil, NJ, lists the top four indicators you need lock repairs.
Do You Require Lock Repairs?
1. Key Trouble
The first indication repairs are necessary comes when your key isn’t working easily in the lock. When the cylinder and the key wear down, you will experience trouble locking and unlocking doors. Sometimes, the key won’t turn at all when the cylinder’s teeth are compromised. Both the key and door lock suffer wear and tear from repeated turning inside the mechanism and will need to be replaced after a while.
2. Stuck Keys
When the cylinder is too worn out, the key may jam and even break inside. This issue can happen in any lock of this type, from front doors to vehicle locks. If the key is the problem, a stuck one is an especially big headache in a vehicle, where the problematic key can be jammed in the starter and will need to be removed by a locksmith.
3. Frozen Parts
Exterior locks can freeze and can cause trouble with the internal workings. There are ways to prevent frozen locks that eventually will break and lead to the need for repairs. Hardware stores carry deicers that will lubricate the lock and dissolve any gunk trapped inside. You can also remove the lock and check if any parts were broken or weakened by freezing temperatures.
4. Turning Cylinder
The whole cylinder system shouldn’t turn if it is in working order. If it does, the screws that keep it in place are loose or broken. If tightening them doesn’t resolve the issue, a locksmith can set a new cylinder and make the door lock functional and safe again.
When you need a locksmith for your home, business, or vehicle in Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties, call Able Security Locksmiths. The experienced team brings more than 25 years of reliable experience to every job and is available 24 hours a day for lock repairs and installation as well as door repairs. The locksmith also sells commercial door hardware, closures, hinges, and pivots. Call (973)-584-3033 or visit them online.