If you have ever experienced the stress and frustration that comes with losing your house keys, or if you have moved home and you’re concerned that others may have key access to your property, your first thought may be to replace your existing lock with a new one. There is a common misconception that replacing your lock is the only option. More often than not, there is a much cheaper and efficient solution available, this solution being re-keying a lock.
So, what is the difference between re-keying a lock versus completely changing it?
Replacing a lock itself is pretty self-explanatory. Your locksmith will change your old lock and replace it with a new one. Rekeying however, is a bit different, your locksmith will keep the same lock but will replace the working key of the lock. When rekeying a lock, the lock is taken apart and some parts are then replaced, such as the key pins, or tumblers. Replacing key pins is a simple task, where the pins are changed or rearranged so the old key will no longer work.
When should you rekey your locks?
The two most common scenarios to rekey your locks are:
- If you are happy with the functionality of your locks but want to change the key so that the old keys will no longer work. For example, if you have moved into a new property and don’t know who else may have a key or if you have lost a copy of your key and are concerned that someone may find it.
- When you have various keys for various locks in your property and want to make them all work with one single key. Keep in mind this will only work if all the locks are the same brand or have the same keyhole.
When should you change your locks?
The most common reasons for changing your locks are:
- If you want your locks to be a different colour or design. For example, your old locks are old and rusted, you may want to replace them with new, and more aesthetically pleasing locks.
- When you want to upgrade your security system, and change your locks to more highly secure, or electric locks.
- If you want all your locks in your home to work with the same key but the locks are all different brands. You will need to change some locks to be able to rekey them to match one key.
Rekeying your lock is always the most cost-effective option because of the cheaper price of the key pins inside the locks. When you replace a lock, you are paying for all the brand-new parts. However, it is important to remember that rekeying is a procedure that requires the right tools and expertise, so it is important to contact a highly reputable locksmith.
At Nearby Locksmiths, our expert locksmiths are known to offer reliable, efficient, and professional locksmith services. If you are searching for a locksmith Bondi Junction locals trust, contact us today, we can help you save the time and hassle of replacing or rekeying your lock.