It’s a typical crazy Monday morning. You have a kid in each arm headed to daycare, a bag slung over your shoulder and your keys locked firmly in your teeth. You realize that you left your laptop on the kitchen table so you head back to the front door. You insert your key and not only will it not turn…it’s stuck. You’re wiggling them and jiggling them but nothing. You hear the phone starting to ring from inside, you’re going to be late for work…now what?
Not only is getting your key stuck in the lock an incredible inconvenience but it always seems to happen at the least convenient times. The best way to avoid having this happen is to handle issues with your locks as soon as they arise. Locks won’t spontaneously implode. Generally a lock will deteriorate gradually. It will begin with some difficulty turning the key requiring that you “play” with the key a bit and eventually end with you being locked out.
The first thing that you should always do in order to insure that your locks operate properly is to lubricate them once every six months. Keys pick up all kinds of dirt and grit that it in turn transfers to the inside of your lock. All of this junk will eventually get into the inner mechanisms of the lock and wear them down. Properly lubricating your locks will help maintain them and minimize the damage caused by dirt.
Now, if the key spins in the lock without any mechanisms being engaged…literally just spins, then there isn’t a whole lot that you can do. A key just spinning in the lock is an indication of serious damage within the lock most likely requiring that a locksmith drill into it.
Avoid all of the stress and aggravation of getting locked out by calling a professional certified locksmith as soon as you feel that you are having problems with your lock. If you are in Toronto or the GTA then give us a call, we will have you in your home and install new locks in no time.