In this series of common door lock problems, we’ve discussed loose locks and handles as well as misaligned locks. Another door lock problem we’re familiar with here at AllSafe Lock & Key in Reno are jammed locks and latches. Here’s what to know about this common door lock problem.
Why Do Locks Jam?
There are a few causes of locks that jam. One common culprit is a build-up of debris in the internal mechanism. A broken latch or bolt will also cause jamming. Consider a jammed lock, or one that turns stiffly or slowly, as a sign of trouble – and a warning of what’s to come. Not only are you compromising the security and safety of your home or business, you’re setting yourself up for problems down the road. A jammed lock is often the precursor to a broken key.
While a certified locksmith may be your best option, it’s not a bad idea to start with a visual inspection of your jammed lock. Cleaning the lock’s keyway with an appropriate lubricant may be all that’s needed. If you’re unsure how to clean your lock or what lubricant will work, AllSafe Lock & Key can help.
If the jammed lock is the result of a broken bolt or latch, repair or replacement will be necessary. Don’t try to bend the bolt back into place, which only serves to weaken your lock. If it’s truly beyond repair – and only a certified locksmith will be able to definitively answer that – you’ll need to replace it.
How to Fix Jammed Locks
Unfortunately, this isn’t a tutorial in fixing jammed locks. If you’re looking online for solutions to your jammed lock, our advice is not to ignore the problem. Bring in an expert, like AllSafe Lock and Key here in Reno, to assess the situation and offer recommendations and solutions. Your home’s security depends on it.