How To Solve Common Door Locking Problems

Author: Comlock Security Group, Inc. | | Categories: Electronic Locks , Locksmith , Re-Keyed Locks , Security Company

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Do you have concerns about the safety of your home or business? Are your doors and their locking systems causing you sleepless nights?

If you said yes, what you need to invest in is professional locksmithing and a security company. You see, locking mechanisms are meant to function, and their primary purpose is to keep your property and the people inside it safe from external threats. A professionally installed door system will offer optimum security, peace of mind, and performance that you can depend on. However, over time, due to wear and tear or rough use, door locks tend to cause problems. To help keep you safe and offer you peace of mind, Comlock Security Group, Inc. has listed three ways to solve common door lock problems.

1. The door won't latch properly
The leading cause of this problem is that the door is beginning to sag. To correct the problem, look at the door hinges, especially the top one. What happens over time is the hinge is pulling away from the frame it's mounted to, causing the door to sag. The issue can be corrected by tightening the hinge screws. If they can't be tightened, take the screws out, insert a toothpick in the screw hole, break it off, and then insert the screw back into the hole and tighten. Do not file the strike plate opening larger to make the latch fit. This will cause another set of problems making your door easier to open without a key.

2. Our double commercial storefront door will not lock
While there could be several reasons for this, one of the most common is that double commercial storefront doors have a three-point locking system. This means that it has a throw latch in the middle of the door operated by a key. When turned, it pushes the top rod into a hole in the header and drops a lower rod into a hole in the threshold. Issues often occur when there is a buildup of dirt or even a tiny rock in the hole, so when you can't lock the door, look into the cavity of the threshold to ensure the lower rod is falling into the hole, letting the key turn all the way locking the door.

3. The key has to be jiggled in the lock to get it to turn and open the door
This could be the result of a couple of different problems. On commercial storefront doors, it could be that the locking mechanism and a locking cylinder are worn out due to time and sub-quality materials, making jiggling the keys necessary. On residential doors, it could be one or more issues, but it is often just a worn key that can be easily replaced, sorting out the problem.

For more tips and ways to keep your property and assets safe, reach out to us at Comlock Security Group, Inc. today! We are one of the oldest and most reputable locksmithing companies serving the Greater Southern California area since 1961. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to install and service the security solutions we provide to our customers. We offer locksmithing, electronic access control, security cameras, alarms systems, and safes.

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