In the home as well as in the office, door opening problems are very common, and the way they are handled determines the extent of their impact on security. To prevent the problem from getting out of hand, you need to call a locksmith. However, before they come, you need to know the type of problem you are facing. In this regard, here are the different door opening problems that are most often encountered. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the things you need to do when your door is not opening or is blocked.
Misalignment of door locks
Door lock problems such as misaligned locks are usually easy to spot and fix. However, you will need to have a few things at your disposal in order to be confident that you are implementing the right techniques. In fact, the majority of simple repairs for broken locks can be done with a few DIY tools. However, if you don’t know how they work and how to use them, you shouldn’t repair them yourself. Otherwise, you will end up causing more damage. Besides, calling a locksmith is not as expensive as you might imagine.
To detect this misalignment, you should first examine the hinge screws on the affected door. This is because your door may be misaligned and not your lock. This can cause your door to sag and warp. The best solution to this problem is to tighten these screws. This method will adjust your door to the right height and configuration. If it doesn’t work, the problem lies in the alignment of your lock.
The breaking of the key in the lock
Breaking a key in a lock is one of the most devastating lock problems. Indeed, it involves a very delicate operation: the extraction of the broken key. To solve this problem, you will need to contact a locksmith, as there are many steps to follow.
First of all, you need to remove all the pieces of the broken key from the entrance of your lock. Generally speaking, a locksmith will use an extraction kit to complete this task. It is important that you do not attempt to operate the door lock while there are still key fragments inside. Otherwise, you may damage another key as well as your door lock.
Once the key pieces have been removed, the door lock should be examined. It should be tested with a replacement key and ensure that the bolt extends and retracts fully. Also, ensure that the locking mechanism is left intact. If the lock is damaged, it should be replaced or repaired.
Lock jamming is indeed one of the most commonly encountered door opening problems. Here, you need first to determine the causes of jammed door or window locks.
In reality, locks can be jammed for several reasons, and this is the reason why you need to diagnose the problem first before moving on to the repair. This will allow you to know what solution to provide.
For example, if, after diagnosing the problem, you notice that the lock is jammed because of a clogged key, then you need to clean the lock to remove the dirt. To do this, you can apply lubricant to the groove of the blocked lock.
On the other hand, if the locks of the door are blocked because of a broken latch or bolt you can try repairing or replacing them. However, due to the complexity of the work, you must necessarily call a locksmith.
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