How To Solve Common Lock Problems In Your Home

When you are new to living on your own, every time there is a problem in your home, you may find yourself wondering what you can and should do to fix it. Get to know some of the ways that you can fix common problems with the locks on the doors to your home so that you can better take care of your home yourself. These scenarios and solutions can also help you to know when you need to call in the experts to lend you a helping hand.

A Key Has Broken Off In Your Lock

No door problem can be as disheartening as when you put your key into the lock, try to turn it, and feel the key snap off in your hand. Do you wonder how you will ever be able to use your front door again?

Grab a pair of pliers and try to get a grip on the piece of the key that is sticking out of the lock. If you can get a grip on it, you should be able to pull the piece of the key straight out or with just a little jiggle.

If this is not a possible solution, you may need to remove the lock canister from the door. In so doing, you can get to the key stuck in the lock from behind. Take a wire and try to push the key out of the lock. Should this not work for you, you can take the lock canister to the locksmith to gave the key removed.

Your Deadbolt Sticks

Another common door problem occurs with a deadbolt lock. Deadbolt locks are notorious for sticking and being difficult to open. One of the issues can be friction that occurs with the many moving parts in your deadbolt lock. To fix this issue, all you need is lubricant. Spray the lubricant directly into the locking mechanism. This should help to smooth the function of your deadbolt, and stop the sticking.

If you are still having this problems with your deadbolt, you may have an issue with the strike plate blocking the bolt from moving into and out of locked position. You can remove the strike plate and adjust its positioning on your door frame or you can shave down the strike plat to make it smaller. These processes can be difficult if you do not have metalworking tools and may be best done by a professional locksmith. 

Now that you know a few of the ways to fix common door lock problems, you can better handle situations as they arise. For more complicated or pressing issues, contact a company like ND Security Company.