What does it mean to ‘re-key’ lock?
Before deciding whether the door needs to be rekeyed, a good locksmith will first determine if the locks are candidates for rekeying. However, some customers are not even aware this is an option, which they have, ‘re-key’ lock services just call us today (212) 776-1005
What is Rekeying?
To rekey a lock, the locksmith will take out the springs and pins in the lock cylinder, and replace them with new ones. The new springs and pins will only work with a new key that he or she will fashion. Unless a lock is malfunctioning or a new style is needed, most locks can be safely rekeyed.
A major reason why you may want to rekey a lock is to maintain control over the locks when ownership changes. That means you will be the only one with access to the locks at all times. Obviously, you do not want to have a situation where the previous owner of the home has access to your home. Additionally, in new homes, the contractor may have keys to the house.
Additionally, most communities built by a single contractor come with a master key. That means that although the homeowner has a unique key, there are master pins in place to allow access to the locks. In some cases, with the master pins in place, as many as 16 keys can work on a single lock. When a rekeying is done, it removes the access of the master key to the home’s locks. The result would be more peace of mind for the property owner.
During the rekeying, the locksmith will also have an opportunity to examine the lock’s condition. For instance, the locksmith may lubricate the lock to make it operate with more ease. Additionally, the locksmith may discover that the lock has degraded too much and needs to be replaced.
Some lock makers offer locks which customers can rekey themselves. However, these are not the standard pin tumbler locks that are known for their reliability. Consequently, such locks may easily break down or malfunction, which makes them quite easy to bypass.
We offer rekeying services that help to keep your home or business protected. If you need a rekeying expert, call us today at (212) 776-1005.