Having properly functioning door locks is essential to having peace of mind and security in your home. However, sometimes your doors might not work properly, which can make locking and unlocking them a chore. Fortunately, when situations like these arise, there are a few steps that you can take to remedy door locks that don’t function as they should.
Keep Door Locks From Seizing Up
One of the most common problems people experience with door locks is locks that freeze up. In other words, when you insert your key into the door lock, you cannot get the key to turn the lock one way or another, meaning that the door lock has seized up and is unmovable. This type of problem is undoubtedly frustrating, but by resolving the issue and then taking appropriate preventative maintenance throughout the year, you can help keep your doors and door locks from seizing up in the future.
When your door lock has seized up, never try to force the key to turn. While this is most people’s instinctive action, this can actually end up doing more harm than good. By attempting to force the lock to turn, you could end up damaging it and creating even more damage than what might already exist.
In many cases, the reason why your door locks are seizing up is that dirt and debris have accumulated inside them. There are a couple of actions you can take to try and remedy this issue, one of which is to lubricate the key hole to remove dirt and debris. Alternatively, you could try inserting a cotton bud like a Q-tip into the keyhole to attempt to extract the dirt and debris from the hole. If neither of these gentle methods work, it might be best for you to enlist the services of a locksmith who can examine the locking system and then address the issue without any further damage being caused to the lock in question.
Coastal Contract Hardware is experienced in all facets of the locksmith business including helping with frozen or seized up locks. We service areas in North and South Carolina such as Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Conway, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and Horry County, SC and other surrounding areas. To find out more, get in touch by visiting our contact page and filling out the form or call us at 843-946-3500. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter as well!