Many of us have been through it: that moment when the key snaps or breaks in the door lock. At the time, it can feel like a bit of a nightmare – especially if the weather’s cold, it’s late at night or you’re in a hurry. But what should you do? What’s the best way to remove a broken key from a lock?
Why do keys break inside locks?
There are several reasons why keys get stuck inside locks and break. Believe it or not, being in a hurry is a common cause. In other cases, the key or lock has simply worn out.
Should you try to remove a broken key from a lock yourself?
Trying to remove the broken key from the lock yourself can be very tempting. But such a solution can be a dangerous one.
If you pull the key too hard, there’s a high chance the problem will worsen. Under pressure, the key will only become more and more stuck inside the lock, binding itself to the internal pins. Alternatively, the key might break further.
What’s more, the longer you leave the key in the lock, the harder it is to extract it. Unless you’re a locksmith, you’ll probably have a lot of trouble. You could well be there for hours and hours. In the process, you might do damage to the lock itself, leading to increased expense in the longer term.
Should you call a locksmith?
The safest, easiest way to remove a broken key from a lock is by calling a locksmith. Although you might hesitate at the expense, you can think of it as an investment. A local emergency locksmith can get to your house very quickly, ensuring that the key isn’t stuck in the lock any longer than necessary and allowing you to get on with your day (or night) without having to worry about the security of your home any longer.
Even if you remove a key successfully yourself, it’s likely to get stuck again unless you get to the bottom of the problem. A locksmith can diagnose the cause and sort it out quickly and easily.
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