Unfortunately, we live in a world where we cannot simply leave our doors open and allow strangers to simply walk into our houses. This is precisely why it is so important to make sure we choose sturdy doors and locksets and that they are functional as well.
In most of the cases the problems that appear in relation with our door locks are the kind of issues only a professional locksmith would actually be able to fix in an efficient and safe way. However, there are certain “tips and tricks” you can try at home too.
For example, if your door key doesn’t work, there is a series of things you might want to try before calling in a pro. Here are some of the most important ones to keep in mind:
* Once you manage to get the door open, try your key again. If it now works (and if it worked with much more difficulty before), it is very likely that the deadbolt is not working with the strike plate as it should. If you notice that it doesn’t work easier than before, lubricate it and spray some graphite into the cylinder. Try the key several times more – it should work better by this point.
* If your key turns in the lock but doesn’t actually lock or unlock the door, you should disassemble the entire lockset. If you don’t know how to do this, make sure you call in a professional locksmith.
* Sometimes, new keys won’t go in and they may not work properly in the lock because they have certain rough spots. To see where you should file these rough spots off, hold the key over a candle until it is blackened and then slowly turn it into the lock. The shiny areas are the ones that should be filed off.
The best way to make sure that everything is 100% functional with your door lock is by calling in a professional locksmith. Since they are experienced and well-trained, they will be able to fix your problem very rapidly and in a very reliable way.