If you have a lock that you have lost the key to, or you have a lock that people have a key to whom you don't want to access your home any longer, you may be looking into replacing the lock. But if the lock is still in good condition, rekeying the lock may be an alternative option. If this is the first time you are hearing about rekeying a lock, here are a few of the questions you may have as well as the answers.
What Does it Mean to Rekey a Lock?
When a lock is rekeyed, the lock cylinder inside of the lock is removed. Inside of the lock cylinder is a series of pins. When your key is inserted, the key has to align with the pins in order to turn the lock. If the pins are moved, the key no longer works to turn the lock. This is exactly what happens when a locked is rekeyed. The pins are moved so the current key doesn't work and instead, a new key needs to made to fit against the pins and turn the lock.
Why is Rekeying a Lock Beneficial?
There are a few benefits to rekeying a lock instead of replacing a lock. If the lock is in good condition, rekeying the lock is just as effective at keeping out someone with a key to your home out as replacing the locks. Secondly, rekeying a lock is typically cheaper than replacing the lock. Lastly, rekeying a lock is usually faster than replacing a lock. As such, if you have lost the key to your home or need to keep someone with a key out, and want the fastest or cheapest option, rekeying may be the best option.
Can You Rekey a Lock Yourself?
There are kits you can buy that can help you to rekey a lock and make a new key for the lock yourself. However, it is recommended that you hire locksmith services to assist you with rekeying a lock. They can help to ensure that the pins are properly positioned in the lock; they can ensure your new key works, and they can ensure that the job is done as quickly and inexpensively as possible.
If you are interested in learning more about rekeying a lock, or you are ready to have your locked rekeyed, contact a licensed and insured locksmith service today. They can help you determine if your lock can be rekeyed and then rekey it and provide you with a new key.Share
29 December 2017
After our home was vandalized when we were away on vacation, I realized that we really needed to spend a little money to update our door locks and hardware. We looked at our broken locks, figured out where we went wrong, and immediately started working with a locksmith to correct the issue. It was amazing to see what a great difference we were able to make. The locksmith came out, replaced our old, damaged locks with an electronic version, and taught us how to use the system. This blog is all about your different door lock options, so that you understand how to keep your home safe.