You know that feeling when you’ve lost your keys and you’re frantically trying to find them? It’s not a good one. But it’s also not the worst thing that can happen. If someone else finds your set of keys and uses them to enter your home, they could cause significant damage or harm while they’re there. That’s why it is so important to take notice of signs that indicate it might be time to replace your lock:
Your key struggles to turn in the lock.
You can easily tell that a key won’t turn in the lock if it’s difficult to turn your key after you’ve placed it in the lock. It could be loose, broken, or damaged – after years of use, these mechanical innards can also become worn out so if your old door hasn’t been replaced in years (or even decades), it could be time to upgrade the hardware!
The door is hard to lock or unlock.
If you’re having trouble locking or unlocking the door, it could also be a sign that your lock has been worn out or another damage has occurred. Before you replace the lock, you can try shifting the latch into place in case of any obstructions preventing it from working smoothly. If this doesn’t work, it’s time to call a locksmith so they can replace your old hardware with new parts that work better!
The lock has a noticeable crack or chip.
If your door’s lock has an obvious crack or chip this could also be the reason your lock needs to be changed. The good news is you don’t have to replace the entire door, instead, a professional locksmith can come out to repair these problems for you.
Your house has been broken into or someone has attempted a break-in.
If you have experienced a break-in or attempted entry into your home, you should immediately check your locks to see if they are damaged. When this happens, an emergency locksmith can come out to replace it. Plus, for peace of mind, even if the lock isn’t damaged, it’s always better to replace your front door lock in these situations.
You lost your keys, and you are worried that someone might have found them and used them to enter your home.
If you lost your keys and are worried that someone might have found them and used them to enter your home, you should contact professional help from an established company like All United Locksmith. They will come out to your house and make sure that there are no other ways someone could enter your home than the front door.
It is more than 15 years old.
If the lock on your front door is more than 15 years old, it may need to be replaced. This is because locks have evolved a lot over the last 15 years and many older locks are not up to modern security standards. Of course, if you have had no problems with your lock in the past 15 years or so, it is probably unnecessary to replace it. However, if you have had some trouble with the lock recently or just want to upgrade your home security system anyway, then replacing this old piece of hardware could be a good idea.
If you are experiencing any of these issues with your door lock call on us. We’ll come out to your Connecticut home and inspect it or install one for you.