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What’s the Difference Between Rekeying and Replacing a Lock?

What’s the Difference Between Rekeying and Replacing a Lock?

If you’ve ever experienced frustration from losing your house keys, or concerns over moving into a new home, a common solution is to replace your existing lock with a new one. This common misconception is known to many homeowners, in that lock replacing is their only available option. However, more often than not, the situation requires a much better and cheaper solution: re-keying your lock. So, what’s the difference between the two and when should you choose rekeying rather than replacing your lock?

Rekeying Vs Replacing A Lock

Replacing a lock is self-explanatory: the locksmith changes your old lock with a new one. Rekeying, on the other hand, is a bit different – the locksmith replaces the working key of the lock but keeps the same lock. The lock is, however, taken apart and some parts inside are replaced (the “key pins” or “tumblers”). Replacing the key pins is a simple procedure, where the pins are changed or rearranged so the old key will no longer work in conjunction with the existing lock.

When Should I Rekey My Locks?

In order to rekey a lock without additional charges, the current matching key must be there. So, if you lose a copy of your keys and worried someone might find it, or if you recently moved into a new home without knowing who else has the keys, rekeying is the perfect option. Another scenario is when you want to match different keys of different locks in one key for convenience. This requires the locks are of the same brand or keyhole.

When Should I Change My Locks?

You should change your lock if you want to upgrade your security system – for example, buying electronic locks or fingerprint locks. You should also consider changing if you prefer a different design or colour to your lock. This may be because the new place you’ve moved in has old and rusty locks. Finally, changing your lock is a must if you want to match different keys of different locks in one key, but your locks are of different brands or keyholes.
Rekeying your lock is almost always cheaper than replacing a lock. This is because of the cheaper price of the key pins inside the locks, whereas when you replace a lock, you are paying for all brand-new parts.
On the other hand, rekeying your lock is a procedure that requires in-depth learning and having the right tools, which can be expensive, time-consuming and very risky.
To avoid such risks, it is always best to contract a highly reputable and highly regarded locksmith.

At Lock, Stock & Barrel Locksmiths, our experienced local locksmiths are Master Locksmiths and are known to provide reliable, prompt and professional locksmith services. If you’re based in Sydney’s North Shore, call us today to save the time and hassle of rekeying or replacing your lock!

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