Are you guilty?
When it comes to broken keys there are a few typical seniors that many people find themselves in on a regular basis.
And how you handle these situations could be costing you big time for unnecessary locksmith services.
Not to worry, It’s incredibly easy to prevent your keys from breaking.
We are King Locksmith and Doors. We are your top locksmith company in Maryland, DC and Virginia, here with all of your locksmith tips and tricks. In this article, we will break down some of the most commonplace mistakes that people make when it comes to their locks and keys. And these mistakes usually result in broken keys.
By the end of this post, you will know how to properly maintain your keys and locks. And this will save you money on avoidable locksmith services for broken key extractions.
The Top Lock And Key Blunders You Need To Avoid
Keys Have One Purpose And One Purpose Only
We’ve all been there…
You just got home from a long day at the office and that package you have been waiting for is there at your front door. You are so excited to get the box open that you don’t want to waste time going upstairs to get a pair of scissors. Instead, you take your keys and use them to rip that box open.
Don’t do it!
We understand the temptation but this is a great way to compromise the integrity of your keys. This may not cause your keys to break the first time, but it is a very bad habit and will eventually cause the key to bend or break.
True Or False: It is Ok To Pull The Door Closed With The Key?
You may not even realize you do this, and that’s ok. But now that you know, it’s time to start paying attention. By repeatedly using your key pulling the door shut, you are creating a weak spot that will eventually cause the key to break.
Know Your Own Strength
If you are having trouble turning your key to lock the door it can be very tempting to force the key with all your might. If you give in to temptation, most likely one of two things will happen.
- The key will snap in half with one part in your hand and one part stuck in the lock.
- You may be a lot stronger than you realize and you will cause damage to the entire lock mechanism. This means you will need to pay for a complete lock change.
But hey, maybe you were thinking about remodeling anyway so this provides the perfect opportunity to get new doors installed.
Way to look on the bright side!
But don’t forget, that broken locks can also create a serious security concern. So, if you want to remodel, it’s best not to wait for everything to break.
Warning!! Make Sure You Are Using The Correct Key
You’re not the only one…
It may be safe to say that just about everyone has used the wrong key at some point in their lives. It is so easy to accidently put the car key in your front door lock, especially when you are in a rush.
The key is (pun intended):
As soon as you realize that they key is not turning with ease, take it out and make sure you are using the right one. Like we said earlier, if you try to force it you may end up with a broken front door lock, and a broken car key.
Basically, by taking a few seconds to access the situation, you may end up saving a ton of money in the long run.
Where Do You Keep Your Keys?
We see it all the time:
One of the most common causes for broken keys is a result of leaving your key in the lock.
We suggest removing your key from the lock when it is not in use and keeping on a hook in a preferred location. This will prevent bumping into the key and accidently bending or breaking it.
One of the best ways to prevent keys from breaking is to keep a lock lubricant handy. By using products like WD-40 on a regular basis, may be able to help your lock mechanism last longer.
On the other hand:
Just like any other piece of hardware, locks and keys can and do wear out over time. It is time to call a locksmith technician if:
- Your key is bent
- You notice a crack in the key
- You use a lock lubricant but are still having trouble turning the key
Let’s face it:
No matter how careful we are, sometimes keys just break. Don’t get down on yourself, just contact King Locksmith and Doors and we will be right over to remove and replace your broken keys. Or we can install new high-tech locks that don’t require traditional keys to open.
We can take care of any type of locksmith or door issue you are experiencing. You’ll love our fast, friendly service and our commitment to upfront prices. Oh and did we mention, we are fully licensed, bonded and insured too!
We are your local locksmith and door experts and we are available to help you 24-hours a day!