Although sub-freezing temperatures do not occur often in South Carolina, it is possible for you to experience frozen locks when there is a sudden onslaught of cold air. Frozen locks, whether it’s your car or house locks, will not open because ice crystals in the mechanism are blocking the pins from turning when the key is inserted. These tips and a service call from a professional locksmith can help you to get back into your car or house without damaging the lock or your key if you have frozen locks.
If the weather forecast shows that temperatures below freezing are expected, you can prepare your car and house locks by lubricating the keys with petroleum jelly. Insert the key into the lock three to four times. The lubrication helps to stop ice crystals from forming on the pins and causing them to get stuck.
When you already have frozen locks on your front door, car trunk or driver’s side door, you may be able to use a can of deicer to get the pins to thaw. You may want to keep a can of the deicer in your vehicle in case you find that the door is frozen shut after you leave work in the evening. Deicers should not be left in extremely cold or hot environments.
Heating the key is another option for opening frozen locks. You may be able to heat the key by holding it with a pair of tongs and holding it over a match or lighter’s flame. If you feel uncomfortable with heating the key, calling professional locksmiths may be a more convenient solution for your needs. The locksmiths have specialty tools that will not damage frozen locks.
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