BROKEN KEY EXTRACTION
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN EXTRACTING A BROKEN KEY
Removing a broken key from a lock can be a complex and tedious process, depending on the type of lock and the position of the key. While some minor home repairs can be completed by a novice, it is highly recommended that you enlist the help of a professional locksmith rather than attempting to remove the broken key yourself. Lock cylinders are highly suceptible to damage when broken keys are extracted the wrong way. In addition, the condition of the lock, the alignment of the door and the reason why the key broke off are some important points that should be understood before continuing to use the lock after the key has been extracted.
WILL THE LOCK HAVE TO BE REPLACED?
In most cases, a lock will not have to be replaced after a broken key has been extracted. There are some instances in which a broken key has caused considerable and irrepairable damage to the lock cylinder or surrounding hardware and in that case a lock replacement will be required. However, that will need to be assesed by the locksmith on site.
WILL THE LOCK STILL FUNCTION PROPERLY?
Our locksmiths will never attempt to extract a broken key from a lock that they have determined to be damaged beyond repair. If the lock has not been damaged and the key can be safely extracted without any adverse effects to the lock cylinder or assembly, then it will function at its full capacity and without any issues.
REASONS WHY THE KEY BROKE OFF IN THE LOCK
A key may break off in a lock for many reasons. Too much rotational force on the key, wear and tear on the key, misalignment of the lock or door and a defective lock are all possible causes of breaking a key off in a lock. Whatever the reason, our professional locksmiths can identify the root cause and resolve the issue for you.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO EXTRACT A BROKEN KEY?
The time that it takes to remove a broken key from a lock cylinder will depend on many factors. The type of lock, condition of the lock, angle of the key and how far the key has been inserted into the lock cylinder will determine the extraction process and the amount of time that it will take to remove the broken key.