Most common door lock problems that a locksmith can fix

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Locksmiths are usually the first person you call if you’re having a problem with your locks, keys, doors or windows. They are highly trained, experienced and qualified specialist tradespeople who understand how locks work inside out and can resolve many lock-related problems. But what exactly does a locksmith do, and what are some of the problems they sort out?

From stuck locks to misaligned doors, faulty locking mechanisms and broken keys, we’ve seen all these problems and many more and usually know the best solution. So, read on as we take a closer look at some of the most common door lock problems that we encounter and how we can resolve them…

Faulty locking mechanism

If your key turns, but your door doesn’t lock or unlock, the problem often lies in the locking mechanism. If you’re handy with a screwdriver and competent at DIY, you could take it out and have a look for yourself to see if there are any small worn or faulty parts.

However, in most cases, repairing a faulty locking mechanism is a job for a professional, and you’ll need an expert locksmith to sort it out. If the damage isn’t too extensive, locks can be serviced or repaired and brought back to life. However, if your lock is beyond repair, we can install a new one.

Door latch misalignment

Most doors, especially wooden ones, can become warped, bowed or weathered over time, and this can cause misalignments between the latch and the strike plate. This can cause the lock to stick or prevent it from working correctly.  A good locksmith will be able to reposition your door, realign the latch with the strike plate and get it working correctly again.

Stuck key

Another common problem is when the key gets stuck in the lock. However, instead of either leaving the key in position or removing it, many people will instead try and force the lock, which can cause irreparable damage.

If your key breaks in the lock, the whole thing will need to be drilled and replaced, which could prove costly. So, if your key gets stuck, or your lock doesn’t open, then rather than try and force it, try to remove it carefully and give your locksmith a call. They will be able to repair if possible or remove and replace the lock without causing as much damage as drilling it out.

Distorted doorframe

In the same way that locks can become misaligned after years of use, doors and door frames can also get distorted, creating a host of issues with your locks and locking mechanisms. Rather than leaving the issue to get worse, which can damage your locks beyond repair, a locksmith will be able to reposition and realign your doors, locks and latches to give years more service.

Faulty door mechanism

Most door lock problems are down to faulty mechanisms caused by general wear and tear. Whether you’re at home or work, chances are your door locks will be used hundreds, if not thousands, of times a year. Like all things mechanical, excessive wear can cause its component parts to fail, causing the whole mechanism to break or become stuck.

If your door locks start to stick or don’t feel like they are operating smoothly, it could indicate that something could go wrong at any point. Preventative maintenance is often better than cure, so give your locksmith a call, and they will be able to service or repair it.

Professional Nottingham Locksmith

Grays Locksmiths Nottingham is a member of the Master Locksmiths Association and has been providing professional and trusted locksmith services to the people of Nottinghamshire and its surrounding areas for more than 30 years.

We aim to make all our customers feel safe and secure in their homes and businesses and protect what’s precious to them. We are compliant with BS3621 standards, up to date with current insurance legislation and strive to stay ahead of the curve with all the latest security trends and technologies to ensure you’re always getting the best advice and solutions on the market.

To find out more about our products and services, give us a call on 0115 9422315 or email