Homeowners choose to replace their entry door locks for many reasons. Some may replace them due to damage or deterioration while others replace them to enhance their home’s security. Here are things you need to know before replacing your entry door locks.
Rekeying vs. Replacing
When changing your door locks, you’re presented with two options – rekeying or replacing your door locks. If you choose to replace your door locks, the existing lock will be replaced with a brand new lock. Some locks are simple enough for you to replace on your own. If not, you can have a professional come over to do it.
Rekeying involves changing the lock’s working key into a different one, without having to change the entire lock. Simply put, your old key will no longer work. This is accomplished by taking out the existing lock mechanism and replacing the key pins or tumbler inside. Every key pin corresponds to a specific key pattern. By rekeying, you’ll need a new key to operate the lock. Rekeying is cheaper than replacing your entire lock system and serves as a deterrent to people who have unwanted access to your old keys. Just like a lock replacement, this is simple enough to do on your own. But, to ensure that everything is secure and in place, call your local locksmith specialist to get it done.
Changed Damaged Locks
Over time, all mechanisms experience wear and tear. The same goes for your locks. Jamming the wrong key into a lock or repetitive locking and unlocking can damage the locking mechanism, making it difficult to operate. At this point, rekeying is off the table as it can’t fix the damaged mechanism. You’ll need to have to replace your entire locking system as soon as possible.
Change Your Locks When You Move
For safety purposes, it’s always a good idea to rekey your locks once you move as previous people who have worked on your home, such as inspectors, contractors or even real estate agents, may have access to it. If you’re currently renting a space, check your lease contract for stipulations regarding door locks.
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