Whether you’ve recently moved into a new home or wish to improve your security, upgrading your locks with the help of a locksmith will go a long way in enhancing your property. However, what many people don’t realize is that they have two distinct options for changing their locks. Here is how you can determine whether rekeying or replacing your locks is the best option.
Rekeying is typically done when the lock’s cylinder is still in working condition. During this process, a locksmith will take the lock apart and remove the tumblers or key pins found inside the cylinder. These pins correspond with the key that is currently used to open the lock.
To rekey a lock, the locksmith simply needs to replace the old pins with a new set that matches a new key. A rekeyed lock will only open with the new key, making the old keys unusable. While the idea of taking apart a lock may sound complex, it can actually be finished in just a few minutes by a skilled locksmith. This option is typically cheaper when working with a high-security lock.
For standard door locks that use a regular cylinder, you can completely replace the lock instead. Standard lock cylinders are inexpensive, and there won’t be a large additional fee for the new part. As with rekeying, the updated lock will only be compatible with a new set of keys. Locks should also be replaced if the original cylinder has been damaged, as this could make it difficult to rekey.
Whether you’re dealing with a car lockout or need to make a new set of house keys, you can depend on ADA NY Locksmith. Serving New York City, NY, for over 30 years, their expert locksmith team is available 24/7 to provide help when you need it most. To learn more about how they can help with your residential or commercial needs, or to request an estimate, visit them online or call (212) 689-1803.