Door locks, like any other mechanism, can stop working properly at different times. If you’re having issues with a lock then this article could help you to solve the problem.
If you’re having difficulty operating the key in a lock then there are some simple steps that might free things up.
Key is hard to turn
- Check the key
The first step is to make sure you’re using the right key! If you need to lift the handle before locking, try pushing it down then lifting again.
- Try to spray WD40 on the key hole,it’s might help.
- Call a locksmith
If these methods don’t work it’s a good idea to call a North London locksmith.
Key is stuck
Grip the key firmly and with your other hand push around the keyhole. If you can’t get a good grip try using pliers, but remember to be gentle to avoid damaging the lock.
- Call a locksmith
If the key won’t come out then you will need to call a us to remove it without damaging your lock and door.
If the key turns but doesn’t lock or unlock the door then this usually means that an internal mechanism has failed. Call a North London Locksmiths to solve this problem.
If the door latch doesn’t engage then it may be out of alignment with the strike plate (the bit on the door frame that the bolt goes into). Try the following:
- Tighten the screws on the door hinges.
- Try adjusting the strike plate by loosening its screws and shifting it slightly.
- Spray graphite into the latch to lubricate it.
If the door latch is stuck then there are several things that you can check:
- Check the door hinges
Try lifting the door slightly to check that the hinge screws are tight. If the door is out of alignment then the latch will stick.
- Check the strike plate
Check that the strike plate aligns with the latch and bolt. If not, try loosening the screws of the strike plate and adjusting the position slightly.
- Try lubricating the latch
Spray some graphite into the latch to lubricate it.
- If you cant unlock the door give us a call and we’ll pop down.
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