Door lock problems can be a serious concern if left unaddressed. That’s why Glasgow Glass and Locks offer a 24-hour emergency callout service for all lock repairs.
Why You May Need Lock Repairs
There are a number of problems that can require lock repairs. If you become aware of any of the following issues, it is vital that you address them immediately.
The Door Lock Won’t Latch Properly
If you find that your door latch isn’t quite clicking, the latch and the strike plate may be misaligned. Subpar installation, or warping due to changes in temperature, is usually what causes this problem. If this is the case, the problem should be visible when you are closing the door. Scratches may also appear on the strike plate over time. Keep a lookout for changes like this, even if the door appears to be closing properly.
Jammed Door Lock
A door lock can wind up jammed for several reasons. The most common reason is debris building up within the lock over time. Damage to the latch or lock bolt may also cause the lock to jam. If you are certain that your lock is jammed, it may be worth applying a lubricant, such as WD-40. This will usually be a short-term solution, though. If you have serious concerns about the state of your door lock, get in touch with Glasgow Glass and Locks.
The Door Lock Has Frozen
Scotland is no stranger to frosty winters, and it is not uncommon for locks to freeze up. There are a couple of solutions worth trying: warming up the key in hot water before inserting it in the lock and spraying the lock with an aerosol de-icer. Either of these tips should work in loosening the lock.
A Key Has Broken In The Lock
If you’re particularly unlucky, you may eventually face that sinking feeling of realising your key has broken in the lock. Not only is your key broken and the door lock potentially damaged, but you may also be locked out of your home.
If the broken part of your key is stuck within the door lock, contact Glasgow Glass and Locks immediately. Fidgeting with the door lock in order to loosen the key debris will only drive it further into the mechanism. Take a deep breath, and give us a call. We’ll extract the key and examine the door lock for any damage.
The Importance of Lock Repairs
It may go without saying, but any door lock problem should be taken seriously. If your door isn’t locking correctly, you may be at risk of burglary. Even if a problem seems small at first, it may worsen over time if left unaddressed.
While it may be possible to solve some of these problems on your own, you should not hesitate to contact Glasgow Glass and Locks if you are unsure or concerned.