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Should I Change or Rekey My Locks?

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

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It’s maybe not a common question for people outside the locksmith world, but it’s one we hear a lot at ABC Lock & Key. We have tons of locksmith services, and can help if you’re locked out of your house or car, replace locks, and everything in between. When you know it’s time for a new lock or key system, it’s helpful to know your options, and decide on which would work best for you and your home.

Whether you need a commercial locksmith for your business, a residential locksmith for your home, or an automotive locksmith for your car or motorcycle, you need ABC Lock & Key. We’d be more than happy to help you determine if you need to rekey or your locks changed! Get some more answers to this question in our blog, and contact our team to learn more!

What’s the difference?

We’ve covered this briefly before, but it’s always great to refresh information. See the difference in changing versus rekeying locks:

Changing Locks Rekeying Locks
Removing the lock from the door, and installing an entirely new lock and corresponding key(s)

Keeping the lock, but changing the internal mechanism of the lock. Outside, the lock looks the same, but it requires a new set of keys

Take a look at some of the scenarios that you might encounter for changing or rekeying locks, and find out which process would work best.

If you’ve had a change in living situations:

Whether the roommate or relationship has changed, this is usually a great time to get some locks changed or rekeyed. We’re not super keen on talking about relationships gone wrong, but things happen, and it’s best to address situations head on. If that break-up or roommate fallout is starting to resemble something from Fatal Attraction, it’s probably time to change the keys.

Lock Solution: Rekeying

Why: You probably don’t need new locks—changing the inner lock mechanism will still result in new keys, and a new sense of safety.

If you’re renovating your house:

Changing up the house means changing lots of things, and even though this is a time of expenses, it’s also not a time to skimp out on details. You’ve dreamed of this home remodel, and you want (and deserve) everything to look the way you imagine it.

Lock Solution: Changing locks

Why: The bronze locks and doorknobs might have once matched your home’s interior, but if you’re updating to stainless steel or something else that’s completely different, it’s going to look a bit “off.” Changing locks means changing the exterior, and this will subsequently make everything match in a more cohesive manner.

If your lock is difficult:

As normal as it might feel to lift the door slightly, pull the key out a millimeter, and jiggle it around until it finally clicks and unlocks, know that this isn’t the case. It might be a minor inconvenience for you, but it could prove to be a bigger issue in other situations. Requiring a dog sitter, needing someone to check those plants while you’re gone, or simply providing access to your home could be difficult, if not impossible. Changing or rekeying now is a much better option.

Lock Solution: Speak with a locksmith from ABC Lock & Key

Why: We can take a look at the lock and its interior and determine the best course of action, and give you a quick recommendation.

In a future blog, we’ll cover some more instances of rekeying or changing the locks of your home. Until then, know that you can always trust the team at ABC Lock & Key to help you figure out the best course of action for changing your locks and keys. Give us a call today to get the best locksmith services in Nashville!