What to Do About Broken Keys

If you’ve ever had to deal with a lost key, then you know how frustrating it can be wondering how you’ll gain access to your home or car. But that sentiment is amplified when you have the key, go to open your door and then, the key brakes inside the lock before you were able to open the door. Now what?

You can waste time trying to jam things in and force the piece out, but you’ll likely just end up even more frustrated and wasting your valuable time. Even if you are able to wiggle out the broken piece, you now have a key that you can’t use to gain access anyways.

Luckily, professional locksmiths trained in assisting with this common issue can come out to you to help whenever this happens.  Here’s what you should do if you’re dealing with a broken key.

Keep Safety in Mind

Before you do anything else, keep your safety in mind. Phone someone if you’re in a dark place and feel uncomfortable so they can stay on the phone with you while you wait for help.  The same is true for handling the broken key. You don’t want to try using sharp objects to pry it out or operate the lock and risk harming yourself or damaging the lock further.

Call a Professional Locksmith

The best thing you can do for your patience and peace of mind is to call a professional locksmith who will come out to your location and help you with your specific issue- whether it’s fishing out the broken piece, replacing or rekeying your lock.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

If the key to your home’s lock broke suddenly, chances are it probably was worn from years of use. There’s a way to avoid this from happening in the future by performing simple maintenance on the hardware including adding lubricants that reduce damage from use over time. You should also pay close attention to the condition of your keys if they seem to be getting worn, don’t wait until it’s too late, have copies and spares ready.

All American Locksmiths offers prompt lockout services, new locks, and more throughout Connecticut & Westchester County. If you’re dealing with a broken key and have no idea how you’ll get into your car or home, give us a call, we treat emergencies with urgency and provide professional assistance to get you back to your day as fast as possible.

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