Rekeying Your Home Locks: What You Should Know
You moved house, lost your keys, gave your keys to many people and now you regret it, etc, etc. There are a lot of reasons why you should change the lock combination! The problem is that there is not much information about it on the web since the most normal thing to do is to change the lock. But since we want you to consider all your options and choose the one that works best for you, today we explain the whole process and how it can work for you. Ready? Here we go.
What are the advantages of changing a lock combination?
The main advantage of changing the lock combination and getting new keys is to save money. Locks can last up to 9 years fully functional if you are careful enough, and even longer if they are electronic security equipment, but even residential locks are quite resistant, so changing the lock should usually be considered when it starts to rust, while changing the combination is usually done when we are not sure about the security of our home.
There is a possibility that you have lost your keys, that you have borrowed them for an emergency and now you are afraid to know if they took a copy or not, if you no longer have contact with someone but they still have your old key, etc. It is a quick and easy process that can be done by any locksmith in a normal day, it does not need too much preparation or protocol.
How to change the combination of a lock?
When you first contact your trusted locksmith, he will ask you what you need to do, when you tell him your problem and your decision, he will come to your home with a tool kit that gives him the possibility to access and fix different types of mechanisms inside the lock, because of this same professionalism, it is always excellent to have a real professional.
The locksmith will evaluate your type of lock, and then remove the lock plate to proceed with the cylinder and combination change. The key will also be taken out by the same locksmith after making a different key than the one your lock already had.
It is important to note that the price or process to make a combination change is very much based on the type of lock you have, since not all of them are the same and it is important to work on the basis of the one you have to make a correct process. But don’t panic, usually the price change is not so big that we have to regret the process.
And that’s it! This is how to change the combination of a lock, it’s a simple process, you only need to make a few copies of the key so you won’t be locked out of your home if you lose the original one. Of course, we always recommend you to choose licensed locksmiths so that the process is not only fast, but also correct and flawless.