What Is Rekeying?

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Locks On A Previously Owned Home

Locksmiths often get called to change a lock on the door of a house that has changed owners. This is a very good security issue to deal with. Good key control simply means accounting for all keys made to operate the locks. Once keys are loaned out, key control is lost.

However, in many cases the entire lock (which is connected to the handle) does not need to be changed. A common mistake made by a new homeowner when moving into their new home is to remove  the very good old locks and purchasing  a set of inexpensive less secure  new locks at the local home center.

Many customers do not even know about this option. Instead of buying a whole new expensive piece or hardware from the Big Box store, it is possible to just change the locking mechanism within the hardware and provide the customer with a new key.

A good locksmith should tell you of this option before making you purchase the more expensive ‘replace the entire hardware’ choice.

When rekeying a lock, the locksmith will remove the pins and springs in the lock cylinder and replace them with new pins and springs that function with a new key. Unless the lock itself is not working properly or a totally different style is desired, most locks can be rekeyed and kept in service, operating just as well as before.

The most common reason to rekey a lock is to maintain key control when there is a change in possession of a property. There is nothing technically wrong with the lock.  Obviously, with a previously owned home, you don’t know who may have had access to the keys. In new homes, contractors have had access to the keys.

Locks On A Newly Built Home

It’s common in many single-builder communities to have locks that have a construction master key. The existence of a master key increases the potential of an unauthorized person accessing the door. In many instances, as many as a dozen different keys would operate a single home’s locks. Rekeying would eliminate the possibility of another key operating the locks.

In addition to rekeying locks to ensure safety, some homeowners also rekey their all their locks for convenience. An easy way to reduce the number of keys you have to carry is to have all your exterior or interior locks rekeyed to use the same key. A locksmith can easily rekey the locks in your house to work with the same key.

Professional Locksmith Inspection

Rekeying also allows a locksmith to verify that the condition of the lock and its installation is secure. Many problems can be corrected without replacing the lock. Locks are usually lubricated when rekeyed, which can make them operate much more smoothly. Then again, problems may be discovered that indicate that a lock should be replaced.

A locksmith will be able to inspect the installation and tell you if a new lock is needed, or if rekeying is the better option.

Lastly, some lock manufacturers sell locks that can even be rekeyed by the consumer. These locks are not the typical pin tumbler locks that are common in the lock industry. To allow rekeying without having to take the lock apart requires many more intricate parts that can lead to more malfunctions and tend to be more easily bypassed than the more secure traditional locks.

If any of these situations apply to you, or if you believe that that might be a problem with your lock , schedule a consultation today and we would be happy to assist you in making your business more secure.