What is Lock Rekeying and How to Rekey a Door Lock
What does rekeying a lock mean?
Rekeying a lock is simply the process of changing the pins and springs in the cylinder of an existing lock. Over time and use the springs and pins can become worn and cause the lock to stop working, become difficult to turn with the key, or even become so worn out that the lock can be open with any key that fits into the cylinder.
What are the benefits of rekeying a lock?
There are a couple benefits to rekeying a lock. The first benefit is cost. A professional locksmith can determine if you need to completely replace a lock or if it can simply be rekeyed. Rekeying is just changing the pins and springs in the lock cylinder which is quicker and cheaper than replacing the entire lock. The second benefit is that you can rekey the lock to work with your existing keys or rekey all your locks to work with a single master key.
How do you rekey a lock?
To rekey a lock you will need a kit for your specific lock brand. You’ll need top pins, bottom pins, cylinder follower, remover, gauge detector, springs, and other tools for removing the lock and reinstalling it. Rekeying involves removing the lock cylinder and replacing the pins and springs to match the cuts in your key. Below is a video in which a CallOrange locksmith technician demonstrates the process:
If you would like to have a professional rekey your door locks and deadbolts for you, give CallOrange a call today; we’re available 24 hours a day! We can rekey your locks, create master key systems and provide discounts for rekeying of multiple locks.