Rekey lock, the locksmith removes the springs, bottom pins, and top pins in the lock cylinder and replaces them with new pins and springs that work with a brand new and different key. If the lock is malfunctioning or a totally different style is warranted, many locks can be re-keyed and kept in great working condition. A simple rekey will fix the problem if you have to jiggle your key to get the lock to work.
The top common reason to rekey your locks is to maintain key control when there’s a change in possession of a property. Key control means auditing for all keys made to open the locks. When keys are given out, key control is lost. Certainly, you don’t know who might have had access to the keys with a previously owned home. In newly built homes, contractors have had access to the keys.
In many housing communities, locks are on a construction master key. The homeowner in most cases may never know that the contractors have a key that will open all doors in that housing community. Rekey locks remove the master pins which will eliminate the possibility of another key opening your locks.
Rekey locks allow a locksmith to check out the condition of the lock and how it was installed. Usually, problems can be amended without replacing the lock. Locks are lubricated after being re-keyed, which will make the lock mechanism operate much more smoothly. When worst comes to worst, problems may be discovered that may indicate you replacing the lock. This process works on rekey Schlage locks and rekey Kwikset locks.
In certain circumstances, your locks must be replaced. Locks get wear and tear, oftentimes past the point where a re-key can’t fix their function. It’s always a great idea to upgrade your locks. When you consider the people and property your locks are protecting, it only makes sense to buy and install quality lock hardware.
Some may want to replace their locks for decorative reasons or to accommodate disabilities to meet ADA compliance. Lever handle locks are easier to operate than a knob. Deadbolts are your main source of security if installed by a trained professional locksmith. Electronic locks are getting more popular, but keep in mind that what they offer is greater convenience, not security. Replacing your lock with a high-security lock is a small price to pay to keep your personal property and your family safe.
Consult a local locksmith to determine what you need. Re-keying is the more affordable option. If you’re leaning towards replacing your locks, your locksmith will have access to far higher quality lock hardware than what is commonly found at hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowes. We also rekey Schlage locks and even rekey Kwikset locks which are the most standard products you'll find on your door.