Have you ever had a key break inside a lock before? It's one of the most annoying things that can happen, but it’s more common than you may think. If you’ve ever wondered how to remove a snapped key from a lock, these fixes may be exactly what you’re looking for.
A key might break in a lock for several reasons. One reason may be that the key itself has been weakened over time, making it more likely to snap when being turned. It may also be due to the fact that the lock is faulty, or its mechanism has become clogged up with debris.
Keys are usually made from brass, which is a soft metal that isn’t as strong as we might think it is. As it's made from a soft metal, it means you’re much less likely to damage the door lock as you insert it, although as mentioned previously, this can happen.
Locks will typically weaken over time due to a variety of different reasons. These may include poor installation from a previous contractor, extreme temperature changes, a build-up of debris in the internal mechanisms and rough key handling. To make sure that your locks are operating smoothly, we’d recommend lubricating them at least once a year.
If your key has broken inside your door lock, there are some simple household items you may be able to use to retrieve the broken key yourself. However, we always recommend calling one of our expert locksmiths, especially if the key is extremely jammed or you don’t have these items at your disposal. You can easily damage your lock, causing more damage, which could be costly to fix.
You can try to spray the lock with a solvent like WD-40, which will help make the process of removing the key a lot easier, as it will be more slippery. After you’ve sprayed the key in the lock, slip a thin tool such as a jigsaw or hacksaw inside and pull the broken key out. But be careful, you might damage the lock! If you don’t have a jigsaw or hacksaw in your garage, simple household items such as tweezers, safety pins, paper clips or a Swiss army knife could help do the trick.
However, if this method doesn’t work and the key is still clearly visible in the lock, you could try the superglue method as a last resort - although we do not recommend it. You could try to superglue a longer item to the exposed end of the key and use this as a handle to pull the key free from the lock once the glue has set.
With over 30 years of experience helping people get back into their homes, garages or offices, there’s no job too big or small that we can’t handle.
If you want to get a broken key out of a lock, but are unable to, we will send one of our many talented locksmiths to come and help you. They will remove all the guesswork and hassle from you trying to fix it yourself.
By choosing LockRite, you’re not only choosing a professional locksmithing company, but you’ve also decided that you want the best locksmith on the job.
We can ensure that our locksmiths will analyse the problem and fix your issue in a time and cost-effective manner.
So, if your key broke in a lock, please feel free to contact us on 0800 0612 677 for a free, no obligation quote.
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