Key turns in lock, what to do?
As locksmiths, we know all too well the everyday scenarios our customers are exposed to.
Getting the door open is the order of the day with us, but we are also happy to assist our customers with advice on special services and issues such as a key getting caught in the door lock.
- 1Why does the door lock turn?
- 2First aid measures if the key turns in the door lock:
Why does the door lock turn?
There can be many reasons why your door lock turns and the key no longer works properly.
In most cases, it is because a mortise lock is faulty and the key no longer finds a hold when unlocking and therefore turns easily without operating the opening handle.
In addition, the locking cylinder may be faulty and prevent the door from being opened.
Locks that are getting a bit older can often become porous due to rust, weather and extreme wear and tear and are then no longer easy to operate.
In most cases, you should refrain from repairing a simple mortise lock as it is cheaper and less time-consuming to fit a new lock.
First aid measures when the key turns in the door lock:
Indeed, it happens more often than you think that a door lock turns and just spins around when you try unsuccessfully to open the front door.
The following steps show you how to behave in such a situation.
This will save you a lot of nerves and time and you can rest assured that your door will be opened in no time and we will help you with the problems surrounding your lock.
The following tips are therefore meant for anyone who wants to first try to get a grip on the revolving door lock themselves.
In case a part of the key breaks off when opening the door, it is better to have a new lock fitted just to be on the safe side.
You can quickly replace this yourself if it is a simple mortise lock.
If it is a car lock and the car key turns in the lock, often the only thing that helps is to go to the workshop, which will order a new door lock and install it quickly.
Incidentally, replacing a simple door lock is less complicated than some may think, but you need patience and a little finesse to successfully remove and install the new lock.
Before you start removing the door lock, you should already have a new lock that can be installed immediately.
If you get stuck and cannot remove the lock, you still have the option of picking up the phone and instructing your Locksmith 24-7.co.uk to open the door.
We will make sure the door is opened, the lock is replaced and you can enter your own four walls again.
Sometimes, however, it does wonders to lubricate and oil the door lock once in a while and pay close attention to whether the key is stuck, turning properly or may already be bent or porous.
This will give you the opportunity to arrange for a replacement key and a new lock in time.
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