Why You Should Rekey A Lock Instead Of Replacing It
One of the most common calls a locksmith gets is from customers who want their locks changed. A thoughtful professional will first consider whether new replacement locks are needed or whether rekeying each lock will satisfy the customer’s expectations. Many Canadians don’t even realize that rekeying existing locks is an option.
In order to rekey a lock, the locksmith will remove the springs and pins from the existing lock cylinder and replace them with a new set of pins and springs which will require a different key. Unless a lock no longer functions properly, or a completely different type or style of lock is desired, most locks can be rekeyed and serviced to work as well as ever, often at substantial savings over replacing the entire lock, which will require a new key in any case.
Common reasons for changing locks is to prevent any existing keys from being used to access the property. This is typical for security considerations when renting or purchasing a property that has had prior occupants who may retain a copy of the keys. Contractors, real estate agents, guests, landlord employees, and others may have been given a key which was never returned. Instead of trying to account for the whereabouts of previously issued keys – often an impossible task – a better solution is to simply rekey the existing lock so that any outstanding keys will no longer work.
In many housing communities or single-builder developments throughout Canada, all locks can be opened with a master key. While this may look entirely different from the occupant’s key, many locks allow multiple arrangements of pins which could mean the lock can be opened by a number of different keys. While this is rare, a master key may have existed and master pins may have been left in the lock, which means there is another set of keys you have to worry about. In rekeying a lock, the locksmith can remove these master pins and any other pin arrangements so that yours is the only key that opens the lock.
Rekey or Replace?
Rekeying also gives the locksmith the opportunity to check the internal state of the lock and its proper installation so that any problems, such as corrosion or debris within the lock mechanism, or structural shifts that misalign locks, can be corrected. If the lock is no longer serviceable or secure, than it can be replaced. The lock is generally lubricated before it is reinstalled to ensure smooth function of the cylinder.
Generally speaking, rekeying by a qualified professional is the most sensible option. For additional info, visit Lock-Up Services Inc and learn more from their online references.