Imagine this folks. You just got home from a long day at work, you’re dying from hunger, and all you want to do is get inside your house right away. But upon inserting the key, you find your door lock malfunctioning and it looks like you’re gonna spend a long time outside until you call for locksmith services and get it fixed. That’s a major bummer right? Well, that’s one of the many lock-related problems you can avoid with proper caution and foresight. Here are some common lock and key problems and the solutions you can apply without spending too much.


  1. You broke your key inside a lock

Breaking a key inside a lock has got to be one of the most frustrating problems ever. You feel so hopeless as you wonder how you’re gonna get that darn key out of the lock. Worry no more because there’s a solution for your predicament. Just get a pair of needle-nosed pliers, breathe slowly, pull the broken part of key from the lock. It can be hard at first but using pliers can be cost-effective and simple to do.


  1. Your key won’t fit into the lock

First and foremost, let’s make sure the key in this conversation was made for a specific lock. You’re dead sure? Well, if you really are, the aforementioned key might have been damaged. Check its teeth carefully and find any sign of damage. If you do find some wear and tear, the best you can do is bring it to a professional key smith to create a new, and undamaged copy of your key. While you’re at it, better have a spare key made for emergency situations. However, since we are talking about the key to the security of you and your family, make sure you go to professional and trustworthy key smiths.


  1. Stuck door locks

Here’s the gist of the problem folks. You insert your key into the door lock, you find it hard to turn, and after much effort, you finally open it. In this case, it seems like you have a door lock that’s showing signs of age. Don’t panic and force the key to turn because it would make things so much worse. Heck, you can end up with a broken key if you’re not careful. If you do find yourself in this situation, better get some silicone spray right away and apply it inside the lock. This will provide much needed lubrication for the lock and its moving parts. After doing so, test it again with your key, and you’re good to go. Of course, better get a replacement for that faulty lock or else you’re gonna end up locked outside of your home.


  1. The door won’t lock

There can be a lot of causes for this but the most common is that the lock won’t engage with the plate. That’s because the lock is not aligned properly and activating the lock is a useless act. In this case, get your tools and remove the strike plate. Once you’ve removed it, measure the alignment carefully and install it back. Test the lock to see if it’s aligned to the plate, and you’re done.


These four problems are just some of the many you can encounter with your locks. If you have other predicaments you have been through with faulty locks, share it with us in the comments below. Meanwhile, check out another similar blog on traditional vs smart locks.