People often confused key replacement and lock replacement. Though lock replacement would also mean key replacement, it is the opposite. With key replacement, only the key is replaced while the lock is the same. To avoid confusion, some will simply ask their Romford locksmiths to replace the lock itself. However, doing this can cost a lot of money especially if done regularly and on several lock sets. For those who would love to save their hard earned money, here are several situations when key replacement is enough.
- Chipped Keys – Keys will get chipped if used incorrectly or hit by some amount of force. People who used chipped keys will sometimes find it harder to open the lock compared to when the key was at its top condition. Since the lock is still in good condition, you only need to request key replacement from the professional locksmith.
- Rusted Keys – Some keys will rust with continuous contact of liquids especially water. In high humidity places, keys will get rusted as time passes by. In the event that your keys get rusted, it is enough to replace the keys unless the locks are also rusted. Rusted keys will transfer rust to locks. It is important to have them replaced as soon as possible.
- Twisted Keys – Twisted keys is also a situation where key replacement will not compromise security and can save money. It often happens when keys are inserted in the wrong lock and forcibly turned. Some would even damage the whole key and end up getting stuck inside the lock. Do not attempt straightening the key because it might get damaged and might leave some debris inside the lock which could eventually force you to replace the lock set.
- Keys Not Retrievable By Anyone – There are times when keys are lost and impossible to retrieve. Though stolen keys or misplaced keys are advised to have the lock set replaced, there are still instances which you can simply replace the key. One example is when you drop your keys to a deep lake or at the sea. These places are hard to reach and if it happened during a vacation or a trip, no one will make all the effort just to retrieve the keys to use for break in. Situations like this where keys are almost impossible to retrieve without a lot of effort does not require lock replacement.
So if you encounter any of these situations, do not hesitate to simply request your local locksmiths, romford locks for example, they’re certified and high quality.