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How to Fix a Jammed Lock

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Keep These Things in Mind When Trying to Fix a Jammed Lock

Until you have a problem unlocking your door, the mechanics of how a door lock operates seem pretty straightforward. In reality, door locks are complicated, and they are susceptible to jamming. When your lock is jammed, you’re more likely to face frustration and security issues. It takes longer to lock and unlock your door, and you can’t be sure if the door is fully locked.

Since door locks have 16 moving parts, fixing a jammed lock can be difficult. If you find yourself frustrated, give Alford Safe & Lock in Baton Rouge a call, and we’ll be happy to unjam that lock for you.

How Does a Lock Get Jammed?Image of a jammed door lock

There are several internal and external factors that can cause your lock to jam. Anything that can clog up or get stuck in your lock will jam it – like oil, rust, or a broken key.

Oil and rust can clog the lock mechanism’s moving parts, which can cause your key to get stuck or your handle not to turn. Broken keys pose an obvious threat to previously-working locks, rendering them useless until the key can be removed.

Based on your local weather conditions, freezing or humid environments can affect how your lock functions. These conditions cause your door to swell or contract, misaligning your lock and causing a jam.

Locks are more likely to jam when they are old, but your lock jamming is not always a sign that it needs to be replaced. If you successfully unjam the lock, you’ve likely cleaned the lock to a degree where it will continue working. If it continuously jams after you’ve fixed it, consider replacing your lock.

The Best Way to Fix a Jammed LockA locksmith repairing a jammed lock

Traditionally, graphite was used in powder or spray form to lubricate and fix jammed locks. In some climates, this tactic still works, but Louisiana is an infamously humid region. In humid conditions, moisture can cause graphite to harden inside your lock. Oil-based lubricants like WD-40 can cause dust to collect inside the lock, so we wouldn’t recommend it to fix a jammed lock.

Alford Safe & Lock suggests having Houdini Lock Lube on hand to fix a jammed lock. Just spray a little into the lock, and it should open right up. If lubricating the lock does not sufficiently unjam it, call the professionals at Alford Safe & Lock in Baton Rouge to come over and fix the jammed lock for you.

Experienced Locksmiths in Baton Rouge Ready to Help You

Since 1946, Alford Safe & Lock has served as the premier locksmith in the Baton Rouge area. Residents and business owners alike trust us to keep their belongings secure and safe. We are fully certified, insured, and licensed, so you can ensure that we’ll get your lock fixed quickly and efficiently.

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