If you’ve ever been in the situation where you have a broken lock in your midst, you’ll understand the frustration, as well as the worry you may have about your home’s security. Before you decide to go down the line of a replacement lock however, it’s important to look into whether there are any easier ways you can preserve the current lock and simply fix it instead.
Of course, it might be that your lock is so badly damaged that you don’t have a choice but to replace it, but this need not always be the case.
If you’re not sure where to begin, here are a few ways you can fix a broken lock, and avoid replacement.
Is it the lock or the bolt that is damaged? – Check whether it is the actual lock mechanism that is broken, or whether it is just the bolt. What exactly is wrong with it? If it is the bolt, this is easier to fix and always easier to replace than the actual lock altogether. It might also be the case that there is simply a build up of rubbish inside the bolt’s carriageway, and this can easily be cleaned out, hopefully fixing the problem. If the bolt is more damaged, look into simply replacing the bolt alone.
Is the lock just not lining up correctly? – A misaligned lock can be easily fixed if you can diagnose the problem before going down the line of replacing the entre lock completely. A quick way to identify whether it is all down to a misalignment is to check how the door feels when it is closed. If the lock is broken, it won’t work well whether open or closed, but if it is just misaligned, you’ll feel a difference when the door is closed. To fix it? A little work is required, and it is usually down to relocating the strike plate a little.
Is the lock hanging off the door? – If you have a situation where the lock has come loose and is seeming to be falling off the door itself, this can actually be fixed much easier than you might think. In this case, you need to remove the lock and simply reinstall it. This can be a very easy way to fix the issue.
Are you finding it hard to get your key into the door? – This issue can be complete, because the keyway is rather hard to look inside of. Having said that, it could simply be another build up of debris that is causing the issue, so trying to clean it out could fix it easily, without having to replace the whole thing.
These four ways are quick methods to fix your door locks, without having to replace the whole thing, or hire a locksmith Dublin company. Try these first!