My key won’t turn in the lock! Advice from a locksmith

Picture the scene: You’re rushing home after a long day, keys in hand, but disaster strikes. The key won’t turn in the lock. Panic sets in. You’re locked out. This frustrating scenario can happen to anyone.

But don’t worry, if this situation ever happens to you, remember that Kew Locksmith Southport is here to help.

If your door lock is jammed or your key won’t turn, it can be a major inconvenience. Especially if it leaves you stranded outside. Worse yet, it can raise security concerns if you suspect a break-in attempt.

To help you navigate this situation, Nick’s here to shed some light on the potential causes and offer solutions.

Potential causes of a key not turning in the lock

There are several reasons why your key won’t turn in the lock smoothly.

One culprit could be a broken or damaged key itself. Over time, keys wear down. They can also bend if they’re subjected to too much force.

This can prevent the key from fitting the lock’s internal ridges perfectly, leading to the key not turning in the lock as it should.

Another common reason is debris lodged in the lock. Dirt, dust, or small objects can get stuck inside the lock cylinder. Naturally, these kinds of obstructions will hinder the key’s movement.

Plus, if your door or frame has settled or warped over time, the lock itself might become misaligned, causing the key to become jammed.

In some cases, the issue might lie within the lock’s internal mechanism. Worn-out components or a broken spring can make it difficult for the key to engage properly.

However, before I get too technical, let’s explore some solutions you might want to try yourself (but only if you feel comfortable and the situation allows).

DIY solutions (when safe to try)

Always prioritise your safety. If you’re locked out in bad weather or feel unsafe, call me and I’ll aim to be with you as soon as possible. However, if you’re stuck in a low-risk situation, here are a few DIY options you could try first.

Sometimes, a little bit of key jiggling can work wonders. Try gently moving the key back and forth while applying light turning pressure. This might dislodge any stuck debris and allow the key to engage.

A small amount of dry lubricant, like graphite powder or a PTFE lubricant (such as GT85), can help loosen things up. But be careful, a little goes a long way. Spray it onto the key to work it into the lock gradually and carefully.

Although WD40 is fine for emergencies, it’s definitely not recommended for long-term use. As a water-based lubricant, it can dry out and leave a sticky paste. This can be especially damaging in uPVC lock mechanisms.

If you see any visible debris around the keyhole, carefully remove it with tweezers or compressed air (if you have access to it). Remember, never stick sharp objects inside the lock itself, as this can cause further damage.

Be wary of forums or YouTube videos that recommend using glue or wax on your locks. Neither is recommended and they’re likely to do more harm than good. If in doubt, give me a call for expert advice you can count on.

When to call a locksmith

If these DIY solutions don’t work, or if you’re uncomfortable trying them at all, it’s time to give me a call. Here’s why enlisting the services of Kew Locksmith Southport can often be the best course of action.

If your key is visibly broken or bent, attempting to use it further can do more harm than good, damaging the lock mechanism itself. This is where I can give you a professional assessment of the key and provide replacements.

If you’ve tried the DIY options I mentioned above, but the key still won’t turn. Don’t waste your time and risk any further frustration and stress. Give me a call for a quick, efficient and affordable solution.

If you suspect a break-in attempt or have concerns about the lock’s security because of the jamming issue, don’t hesitate to call me. I can assess the situation, repair the lock if possible, or recommend a secure replacement.

Tips for preventing jammed locks

Now that you know how to handle a jammed lock, with a little help from Kew Locksmith Southport, let’s talk about prevention. Here are some additional tips that can help you keep your locks functioning smoothly.

Regularly lubricate your locks with a light application of a suitable dry lubricant to prevent future jams. I can do this for you in the first instance and recommend suitable products and brands for you to keep up the process.

Having spare keys readily available is a lifesaver. However, you’ll want to avoid keeping all your copies in the same place. Consider leaving a spare with a relative, friend or trusted neighbour – just in case!

Finally, don’t underestimate the value of an experienced locksmith. I can handle all sorts of repairs and replacements, and can even give you advice about security upgrades for your home for extra peace of mind.

Call Kew Locksmith for expert help

Remember, a jammed lock doesn’t have to ruin your day. By understanding the potential causes and knowing when to draft in my professional locksmith services, you can get back into your home quickly and securely.

With a little preventative maintenance, you can also avoid this frustrating situation from happening in the first place. My advice to you is to stay calm, follow these tips, and your key will be turning smoothly in no time.

At Kew Locksmith Southport, I provide locksmith services in Southport, Formby or Ormskirk. I’m available 24/7, 365 days a year and you’ll never pay a call-out fee for out-of-hours and weekend lock emergencies.

Whatever your lock problem, call me today on 07454 416582 for a fast, affordable solution.

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