Most people think that when a lock needs to be changed, the entire lock or lockset needs to be replaced. However, this is not usually the case. More often than not, all you actually need to do is have the locks rekeyed.
What is Rekeying?
Firstly, rekeying is a lot cheaper than replacing an entire lock because only the portion of the lock that works with the key is changed. Old keys will no longer work with this lock so it is a good low cost option for rental or holiday properties.
Should I Rekey a Lock Myself?
Rekeying kits are readily available at hardware stores and home improvement centres. Inside the kit you will find pins that fit into the lock’s existing cylinder as well as a new set of keys. If you have experience with small DIY projects or are handy with tools, this is a good option to keep costs down. However, if you have more than one or two locks that need to be changed, it might be quicker and easier to let a professional locksmith take care of it. Also, if you have vintage or antique locksets, or locks that aren’t working properly, leave the job to a professional.
When Does a Lock Needs to be Replaced?
Rekeying is not the best option when a lock doesn’t appear to be working properly. This usually happens with old locks that have been worn out over time. A professional locksmith will be able to look at your lock and advise whether it needs to be replaced or if it can be rekeyed. Vintage and antique locksets also need a professional to look at them as parts may be difficult to find. If you are concerned about the security of your home, it is worthwhile talking to an expert. A locksmith can tell you whether rekeying is a good option or whether it is better to invest in a new set of quality locks.